Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’ Concert Choir and its Young Men’s Ensemble are presenting free send-off concerts at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church on June 16 and again on June 28, before they embark on two major tours this summer, one to Japan and the other to the East Coast.
The tours cap the Pasadena-based LACC’s 30th Anniversary Season.
The LACC Young Men’s Ensemble (YME), under the direction of Dr. Steven Kronauer, embarks on a nine-day East Coast tour with stops in Boston, New Haven, New York City and Washington, D.C., from June 19 to 27, 2016. They will be presenting a send-off concert at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church on Thursday, June 16, starting at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, The LACC Concert Choir, led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, travels to Japan for the first time in its 30-year history for an 11-day tour of the island nation, including performances in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima, from June 30 to July 10, 2016. Their send-off concert is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, starting at 7 p.m.
“Los Angeles Children’s Chorus has enjoyed a long and significant history of touring North America and abroad,” says Tomlinson. “Through these invaluable cultural exchanges, LACC has reached vast new audiences around the globe. Touring also provides an important opportunity for LACC choristers to engage with people from diverse cultures in meaningful ways and to build bridges through singing.”
The Concert Choir’s tour to Japan features two performances in the Tokyo area – with the Odawara Children’s Choir at the Odawara Civic Hall, on July 3, and with the Sumida Children’s Choir at Toyosu Concert Hall, on July 4.
Other highlights include a concert with Takatsuki Boys and Girls Choir at the Takatsuki Genda Gejijou Assembly Room in Osaka, on July 6; a performance at the Kyoto Concert Hall, on July 8, sponsored by the Kyoto City Music Arts Foundation/Kyoto Chorus Foundation; and a joint appearance with Voice of Young at Elisabeth University’s Cecilia Concert Hall in Hiroshima, on July 9.
The Concert Choir is also slated to take in such sights as Tokyo’s renowned Ginza shopping district, the famed Kirifuri Waterfall in Nikko, Kyoto’s colorful shrines and sublime gardens, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, recently visited by President Barack Obama.
At the East Coast, the LACC Young Men’s Ensemble will have a workshop with Dr. Andrew Clark, Director of Choral Activities at Harvard University, and a performance at First Church in Cambridge, MA, on June 20; a workshop with Yale University vocal professor James Taylor in New Haven, CT, on June 21; a workshop with Patrick Gardner, director of Rutgers University Glee Club, and a mini-concert at Christ Church in New York City, on June 23; a joint performance with the U.S. Army Chorus on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on June 24; a workshop with Thea Kano, Artistic Director of the New York City Master Chorale and Director of the Capitol Hill Youth Chorus in Washington, D.C., on June 25; and an appearance at the Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown, on June 26.
The choir’s itinerary also includes tours of Harvard University, Fenway Park, Yale University, the Metropolitan Opera House, Arlington National Cemetery, the Naval Academy, the Smithsonian Museums and Mount Vernon.
Admission to both send-off concerts is free on a first come, first served basis. To learn more about the LACC, visit www.lachildrenschorus.org or call (626) 793-4231.
The Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard.