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Los Angeles Master Chorale

John Barnett

$50,000 grant for Los Angeles Master Chorale

4:40, 16th February 2021

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) a grant of US$50,000.

During the restrictions caused by Covid-19, the LAMC, led by artistic director Grant Gershon, has developed a strong virtual performance base. The award is to support the continued production of virtual content.

Already scheduled is the premiere of composer Meredith Monk’s Earth Seen from Above from her opera Atlas, and the world premiere of composer Derrick Spiva, Jr’s Ready, Bright, a Los Angeles Master Chorale commission.

Both videos will be presented at the Master Chorale’s virtual gala on 16 May; also in the programme is Reena Esmail’s TaReKiTa, part of a triptych titled Shine Bright. All 100 Master Chorale singers will participate.

The TaReKiTa video (below) was released in November 2020; the videos for Earth Seen from Above and Ready, Bright will also be released publicly at a future date.

‘The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support this project from the Master Chorale,’ said Arts Endowment acting chair Ann Eilers. ‘The Master Chorale is among the arts organisations across the country that have demonstrated creativity, excellence, and resilience during this very challenging year.’

For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov.

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