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GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF LOS ANGELES PERFORMS IN A MIGHTY VOICE ON MARCH 27, 2011

The celebrated Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) to showcase a range of classical works by such composers as Felix Mendelssohn, Francis Poulenc, Franz Schubert, when noted guest conductor Cristian Grases leads the chorus’s second concert of the season, “A Mighty Voice,†on Saturday, March 26, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 27, 2011, 3 p.m., at LA Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Among the works featured are Amor de mi Alma by Z.R. Stroope, a beautiful setting of Spanish poet Garcilaso de la Vega’s “Soneto V”; Franz Schubert’s Nachthelle, for double men’s chorus; Franz Biebl’s best-known work, Ave Maria, composed in 1964; “In Taberna,†the second part of Carl Orff’s iconic Carmena Burana; La Sombra Salió del Monte by Venezuelan composer Antonio Estevez, two-time recipient of the Venezuelan National Music Prize (1949 and 1987); and Locus Iste by Anton Bruckner, written for a cappella chorus in 1869 for the dedication of the votive chapel of Linz Cathedral. Also on the program are works by Felix Mendelssohn and from the medieval manuscript Libre Vermell de Montserrat – Mariam Matrem and O Virgo Splendens.

Cristian Grases, one of the rising stars of choral conducting, is the assistant conductor of the Miami Symphony and was recently named to the faculty of USC’s Thornton School of Music. Grases was born in Caracas, Venezuela, graduated with honors from Simon Bolivar University, where he studied with María Guinand and Alberto Grau, and earned a DMA from the University of Miami in 2009. He also studied choral and orchestral conducting in Germany and is a noted composer as well.

Tickets range from $35 to $55 and are available online at www.gmcla.org. For more information call (800) MEN-SING (800-636-7464). LA Theatre Center is located at 501 South Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, California, 90013.

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