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Best Choirs In Los Angeles

November 25, 2013 4:00 AM

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(credit:  Los Angeles Master Chorale)

(credit: Los Angeles Master Chorale)

(credit: Los Angeles Children’s Chorus)

(credit: Los Angeles Children’s Chorus)

The power of the voice in numbers is profound, and in the Southland, there is no shortage of performing choirs that rise to the level of perfection. Each of our selections for the best choirs in L.A. provide opportunities for the public to be inspired and to appreciate this often overlooked entertainment form. All of these performing arts groups use their talents to accomplish a variety of community services, and as for entertainment, there are few regions in the world that offer more than Los Angeles.

(credit: Los Angeles Children’s Chorus)

(credit: Los Angeles Children’s Chorus)

L.A. Children’s Chorus
585 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 793-4231
www.lachildrenschorus.orgFounded in 1986, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus brings out the best in the Southland’s youngest vocalists. The mission of the chorus is to work with adult chorales, orchestras and operas to teach vocal artistry to local youth. From the ages of 6 to 18, participants develop their skills with hard work, dedication and passion and have the unique opportunity to travel the world with local powerhouses like the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra and the Master Chorale and hone their skills.. This 28th educational season promises to continue collaborations with guest artists and vocal master’s classes. Attending a performance, in a multitude of local world-class venues, is an awe-inspiring experience as the “children” perform on par with established professionals. The very family-friendly performances cover a wide range of forms and styles.

(credit:  Los Angeles Master Chorale)

(credit: Los Angeles Master Chorale)

Los Angeles Master Chorale
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7282
www.lamc.orgAs a resident of the Music Center of Los Angeles County for 50 years, the Grammy-nominated Chorale is led by music director Grant Gershon and has worldwide acclaim. Called “Inspired” by the New York Times, the Chorale is currently in its 50th season at the Music Center and its 11th season as a resident chorus at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall. The chorale presents its own concert series each season and performs music from early writings to more contemporary compositions as well. To date, the choir has performed in more than 300 concerts with the LA Philharmonic at both the Walt Disney Hall and the renowned Hollywood Bowl, and recently toured with the orchestra to New York City as well as Europe. Releasing CDs and premiering vocal original works round out a record of excellence.

Related: Music Director Grant Gershon Discusses Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 49th Season

(credit: The Concert Singers)

(credit: The Concert Singers)

The Concert Singers
P.O. Box 90327
Los Angeles, CA 90009
www.theconcertsingers.comThe Concert Singers are a collective of vocalists who have been honing their skills since 1948. The community-based non-profit corporation delves into everything from Reaissance to Broadway vocals and has performed in venues such as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Hollywood Bowl among others throughout Los Angeles. Covering a full range of music styles, this ensemble holds themed events including period costuming and celebrations as well. The group’s dedication to promote “choral music as an art form” takes in the span of the last 400 years. A great part of its mission is to break generational and cultural barriers, and its 50 years of experience and endurance has proven an ability to bring the most diverse individuals into the fold.

(credit: Angel City Chorale)

(credit: Angel City Chorale)

Angel City Chorale
P.O. Box 642118
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 943-9231
www.angelcitychorale.orgWith an equal commitment to “good music and good deeds,” this group’s maxim is: “Building Community One Song at a Time.” The Angel City Chorale takes on every genre from world music to jazz and from pop to classical, including gospel, with unparalleled gusto. Spreading their sounds, Angel City Chorale has performed at the Nokia Theater, Kodak Theater, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and many other venues throughout Los Angeles. In addition, the group has worked with an impressive list of well-known talents like Stevie Wonder and Mary Carpenter, and has traveled the world benefiting a broad range of charities. It Angel City’s dedication to the local community that earns the reputation for good deeds. Working with over 30 service organizations in the Southland in recent years, its professionalism as vocalists is the leading edge of its charitable service for the less advantaged.

(credit: Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles)

(credit: Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles)

Gay Men’s Chorus Of Los Angeles (GMC LA)
9056 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 239-6514
www.gmcla.orgThe GMC LA is a chorus with a vision of a world without discrimination of any form by using its vocal performances to integrate within the wider community. Thirty-four years of experience has brought this group of volunteers to the professional level and the experience shows. Concerts, events and outreach through the Alive Music Project is driven by a common desire to “expose new communities to our message of equality.” The Alive project reaches out to the young LGBT community who “deserve a safe place to learn and grow.” Other programs of outreach seek out every community in the Southland. While every performance may have a message, the ensemble brings out the message in entertaining and palatable tones, sounds, vocals, music and stage action.

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Robert Cuthbert is a freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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