Los Angeles Master Chorale to Present ‘Choose Something Like a Star’ & ‘Esmail / Fauré’

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Los Angeles Master Chorale has announced the next two major shows in its 2022-23 season.

First up is “Choose Something Like A Star.” The showcase, which will be directed by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, is set to take place on Feb. 12, 2023 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

“Choose Something Like A Star” will feature must by Brahms, Schumann, Meredith Monk, and Arvo Pärt, among others. The program will also feature the a cappella piece “The Open Hand” and two world premieres: “VOYAGER” by Matthew Brown and “Alas de Noche” by Diana Syrse.

Meanwhile, “Esmail/Fauré” will feature the world premiere of a new work by Reena Esmail as well as Fauré’s Requiem in D minor.

“In this time of so much loss, I knew I wanted to write a requiem,” Esmail said in an official press statement. “But in these years of upheaval, with the loss of so much life and human connection, I’m afraid that one of the greatest continual losses is slipping through the cracks – the loss of the environment we depend on for life. This piece will be a requiem for one of our most precious and quickly diminishing resources in California: water. Built on the structure of the mass, with texts from modern poets interwoven, in a blend of musical traditions and cultures, this piece explores the powerful force of water, mourns what we have lost, and reminds us that we must still care for what we have left.”