Royce Hall, UCLA
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095
May 17, 2018
This season, the NCC remembers the immortal words of Emma Lazarus, inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” At Prism, we celebrate diversity—the very fabric of our American identity. Here, being different is not only acceptable, but cherished; and loving each other for our differences is one of our core values. Musical selections this evening at Royce Hall will chant the praises of diversity from across the globe in a jubilant season finale, as the NCC prepares for its 4th International Tour to Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Los Angeles-based professional choir Tonality will join our Scholars SATB ensemble onstage, in addition to a special tribute to Leonard Bernstein as part of Bernstein at 100, the worldwide centennial festival in collaboration with the LA Philharmonic. Don’t miss it!
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.