Evening Includes Irish Cantata West Coast Premiere and Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Performance
LOS ANGELES – America’s leading youth choral institution, the National Children’s Chorus (NCC) is celebrating Ireland Friday, March 22 with its Celtic Soul performance at The Broad Stage at 7 p.m.
Accompanied by authentic Irish instruments, ensemble will perform the West Coast premiere of “Out of the Mist, Above the Real,” an Irish cantata by noted composer Dr. Daniel Brewbaker. The Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company also choreographed visual movement and a modern dance set to interpret the piece.
Though the performance is sold out, ticket may be available via waitlist by calling the Broad Stage box office at 310-434-3200.
The cantata’s title is derived from the second movement, “The Irish Cliffs of Moher,” a poem by Wallace Stevens whose image on a postcard inspired Stevens to write about the “worn cliffs towering up over the Atlantic. It was a great gust of freedom, a return to the spacious, solitary world in which we used to exist…” Stevens believed that the imagination is allowed freer play in Ireland. The cantata and the poems on which it is based express a search for ancient origins, a passionate yearning to find the most distant, primal, earthly and heavenly progenitor of existence.
“Out of the Mist, Above the Real” was commissioned by the Choral Music Experience New Millennium Institute in Maynooth, Ireland and premiered at the National Concert Hall in Dublin in 2002, with combined youth and mixed choruses, The Irish Chamber Orchestra, uilleann piper Joe McKenna and soprano Noirin Ni Riain.
NCC’s artistic director Luke McEndarfer and associate artistic director Dr. Pamela Blackstone will conduct the March 22 performance. The duo recently led 150 students from the NCC in bi-coastal holiday concerts themed “Candlelight” with world-renowned soprano Lisa Vroman.
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 2012/2013 season is entitled “Traditions,” presenting an eclectic array of musical styles, drawing on American cultural roots.
The NCC provides musically talented children with first-rate 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 world-class 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 college-level conducting, composition, music theory, sight-singing 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, the Joffrey Ballet, Josh Groban, James Smith, Lucinda Carver, and soon, Grammy-winning soprano Jessica Rivera.
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 a live performance on KLSX as part of a 2005 Christmas special.
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The National Children’s Chorus, under the leadership of Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer and Associate Artistic Director Dr. Pamela Blackstone, is quickly establishing itself as America’s leading treble chorus, with a set of ensembles based in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Performing locally and abroad, the National Children’s Chorus is one of few youth arts organizations in the world to have its concert series presented by professional music halls.