Angel City Chorale Presents
Angels Over L.A.: An L.A. Story
A Concert Featuring the Work of Los Angeles Composers
June 2 & 3 at 7:00pm
Wilshire United Methodist Church in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA – May 10, 2012 – Angel City Chorale, L.A.’s hometown choir, presents the voices and music of Los Angeles in two not-to-be missed performances on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, 2012. Angels Over L.A.: An L.A. Story features local composers and sounds, from the acknowledged mastery of Morten Lauridsen to a world premiere from up-and-coming young composer Philip White. The award-winning songwriting of T Bone Burnett, the acclaimed eclecticism of David O, and even the classic sounds of the Beach Boys find their way into the story. Inspired by everything from Hollywood soundtracks and videogame scores to the Bhagavad Gita, Angels Over L.A. is a unique Los Angeles story with something for everyone, as inclusive and vibrant as the city we love. The concerts, starting at 7:00pm on both nights, will take place at Wilshire United Methodist Church, which is located at 4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010. Advance tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $17 for children; tickets may be purchased at the door for an additional $5. For tickets or more information, please call 310-943-9231 or visit www.angelcitychorale.org.
Angel City Chorale (ACC) reflects the spirit and diversity of Los Angeles in its membership, its music, and its outreach activities. Equally committed to good music and good deeds, ACC is dedicated to “Building Community One Song at a Time.” Renowned Artistic Director Sue Fink founded Angel City Chorale at the world-famous McCabe’s Guitar Shop in 1993 with 19 singers; ACC has now grown to over 160 talented and dedicated singers who are admitted by audition. ACC presents a broad and eclectic repertoire at exuberant, crowd-pleasing concerts. The group’s mastery of a wide range of musical genres – including classical, gospel, jazz, pop, and world music – has become its hallmark.
Angel City Chorale has performed at venues throughout Los Angeles, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Kodak Theater, and the Nokia Theater at LA Live. In February 2012, ACC joined Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and other local choirs for a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, “The Symphony of a Thousand,” at the Shrine Auditorium. The choir has also appeared on national and local television, and worked with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Luther Vandross, and Natasha Bedingfeld.
ACC has also taken its music and outreach program to international audiences. Most recently, ACC traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, in August 2011 to perform concerts benefiting the Amy Biehl Foundation, an organization working to bring sports, arts, music, and education programs to the children of South Africa’s townships.
ACC is also proud of its ongoing commitment to the Los Angeles community. Through the gift of song, donations, and volunteerism, ACC supports several Los Angeles non-profit organizations serving those in the community who need it most. Central to ACC’s mission is its annual Holiday Tour of Hope program. Over the past 15 years, ACC has taken its holiday concert repertoire directly to more than 30 service organizations in Los Angeles. In addition to the gift of music, ACC donates food, personal items, clothing, and supplies to these organizations.
A sampling of ACC’s work can be found on the group’s four commercially released CDs – Why Walk When You Can Fly, Gift of the Angels, A Chanukah Celebration, and The Road Home. ACC donated a share of the net proceeds of its most recent CD, The Road Home, to Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC), an organization serving homeless individuals, battered women and their children, and people living with mental illness. In 2009 ACC partnered with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to provide both food and a portion of the proceeds from the Spring 2009 concert. From collecting linens and toiletries for social service agencies to hosting music seminars at inner-city schools, ACC is always looking for more ways to reach out to the community.
Angel City Chorale is a California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Sue Fink is Angel City Chorale’s founder, artistic director, and conductor. Her dynamic energy can be seen and felt in the unique spirit and spontaneity that distinguish this choir from other choral groups. Fink graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied conducting with Roger Wagner. She toured internationally as a member of the Roger Wagner Chorale, and went on to establish the Oriana Renaissance Ensemble and the Los Angeles Women’s Community Chorus, serving as conductor for both groups prior to founding Angel City Chorale. In addition to maintaining a private voice studio in Los Angeles, Fink composes and arranges for choral organizations and writes songs for television and movie soundtracks. As a singer-songwriter, she has released two critically acclaimed albums, one of which received an award of excellence from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD).
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