June 8 the Junior Division to perform The Spring Showcase at St. Paul the Apostle Church
LOS ANGELES (June 5, 2013) – America’s leading youth choral institution, the National Children’s Chorus (NCC) has two performances in Los Angeles in June. One of the most highly anticipated shows of the year and the season finale is Americana at The Broad Stage June 14 at 7 p.m. The Spring Showcase, featuring the NCC’s junior division, is June 8 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church.
Americana, which the NCC is fittingly staging on Flag Day, celebrates the greatest music of Americans, tracing the influence of American compositional techniques from the start of the last century into the present day. The evening will feature the rousing music of Copland, Gershwin, and Ives paired with contemporary works by some of the late 20thcentury’s most renowned composers.
The NCC is also presenting a world premiere by Phillip Golub, a Los Angeles Philharmonic composing fellow. The work entitled Weathered and Revealed is a cycle on the seasons, composed specifically for the National Children’s Chorus. Scored for harp, piano and sixpart treble voices, this new composition highlights the NCC’s strong commitment to new music and expanding the repertoire for children’s voices.
Featuring the NCC’s junior division, the Spring Showcase is one of two each year and focuses on students ages 5 12 from beginner to the intermediate level. Appearing in six ensembles, the showcase gives these younger performers, relatively new to the stage, an opportunity to demonstrate and share their skills.
Referencing the final two performances of the season, NCC’s artistic director Luke McEndarfer said, “We highly anticipate our final performances of the 2012/13 season, which serve to punctuate a brilliant year of music making artistry on both coasts, and are especially proud to present new music by Phillip Golub at The Broad Stage. The score is simply stunning, and rings out with the core message of the NCC’s mission. Excellence, creativity and innovation—our audience members will experience all these things and more as the NCC grows to make significant cultural contributions in the Los Angeles and New York communities.”
Tickets for the Americana performance are sold out. Seats may become available via waitlist by calling The Broad Stage box office at 3104343200. Tickets for The Spring Showcase are $25, $45 and $65 and are available through the NCC website.
McEndarfer and associate artistic director Dr. Pamela Blackstone will conduct Americana and will be joined by NCC associate conductors for the Spring Showcase.
With a set of ensembles in Los Angeles and New York, the NCC trains students from more than 60 schools in each city who meet weekly for rehearsal and musicianship study. In residence at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, the NCC is one of a few youth arts organizations in the world to have its entire concert season presented by a professional concert hall. This is the fourth season at The Broad Stage and the second in New York. The 2012/13 season is entitled Traditions, presenting an eclectic array of musical styles, drawing on American cultural roots.
The NCC provides musically talented children with firstrate vocal training and an unparalleled musicianship curriculum. Each child, regardless of educational or financial background, has the possible opportunity to develop vocal skills from the most basic concepts through the college level. Expert instructors work to cultivate tone quality, breath support and musical expression in each student while collaborating as an ensemble culminates in worldclass performances at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, St. Paul the Apostle Church in West Los Angeles, and The Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York.
A pianist, conductor and voice coach, McEndarfer has been artistic director since 2004 and is integral to all facets of the chorus’ development from spearheading auditions and vocal training, to choosing material, to fostering relationships and securing collaborations with artists and organizations.
McEndarfer oversees NCC’s extensive curriculum which includes collegelevel conducting, composition, music theory, sightsinging in the Kodály Method, and individual voice training in the bel canto style under the guidance of Michael Dean, department chair at the UCLA School of Music. He is recognized for establishing the organization’s reputation for excellence and adventurous programming including numerous critically acclaimed interpretations of Poulenc’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, and Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. Forging unique performance relationships, he has also orchestrated concert appearances with a long list of artists and performing arts organizations that include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera Company, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Joffrey Ballet.
His work includes several motion picture soundtracks; most recently on Paramount Pictures’ 2009 feature film Imagine That, starring Eddie Murphy. For the film, McEndarfer selected, arranged and conducted sections of the score and also appeared as the Music Teacher on screen. Television and radio credits include conducting performances in the musical act on Jay Leno’s former Tonight Show, and live performances on KLSX.
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The National Children’s Chorus of the United States, under the leadership of Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer and Associate Artistic Director Dr. Pamela Blackstone, is quickly establishing itself as one of the world’s leading treble choruses, with nearly 700 students in 18 ensembles, based in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Collaborating with some of the finest music companies in the nation, the group has performed live with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera Company, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Kronos String Quartet, New York City Master Chorale and American Youth Symphony, among others. Its groundbreaking Season 2017/18, entitled Building Bridges, features exquisite repertoire including notable premieres at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. In July of 2018, the chorus will make its 4th major international tour to Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary.