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About LA: celebrating our city in song

Featuring music by artists with deep ties to Los Angeles


Stones                            Andre Previn
Shelter                            b. 1929
Four Songs for Soprano, cello and piano (1995) Toni Morrison
Katherine Jolly, soprano
Peter Myers, cello
Tony Cho, piano
Andre Previn -  Music Director of the LA Philharmonic 1985-89
Kimono (James Merrill)                     Matthew Aucoin (b. 1990)
Merrill Songs (2015) Christopher Reames, tenor and Kathleen Tagg, piano
From Fall 2016, Matthew Aucoin will be Artist-in-Residence with LA Opera

Is My Soul Asleep (Antonio Machado- English version by Robert Bly)
James Matheson (b.1970)
Times Alone (2007) Whitney Mather, soprano and Katelan Terrell, piano
James Matheson has been the director of the LA Philharmonic’s Composer Fellowship Program since 2009

Heart Windows (Alan Louis Smith)                Alan Louis Smith (b.1958)
Kaleidoscope (Alan Louis Smith)
Lapiz lazuli (Alan Louis Smith)
I Sing You to Sleep- Lullaby (Alan Louis Smith)
When You Carry Me to the Stars (Alan Louis Smith)
Windows- Five Songs of Love (2013) Diana Newman, soprano and Alan Smith, piano
Alan Louis Smith is Chair, Keyboard Studies; Director, Keyboard Collaborative Arts USC


A learning experience over coffee…     (John L. Hall)        Jake Heggie (b.1961)
You enter my thoughts (John L. Hall)
To speak of love (John L. Hall)
Unspoken thoughts at bedtime (John L. Hall)
Thoughts Unspoken (1996)    
Andrew McLaughlin, baritone and Dimitri Dover, piano
John Hall was Co-founder of SongFest (1996) and Director of Opera at UCLA for 25 years
Breakfast Song (Elizabeth Bishop)
Ballad of Billie II (Elizabeth Bishop)                John Harbison (b.1938)
North and South (1991)
Kelsey Lauritano, mezzo-soprano and Michal Biel, piano
John Harbison was New Music Advisor and Composer in Residence of the LA Philharmonic from 1985-1988.
Prayer    (Dana Gioa)                    Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)
Sure on This Shining Night (James Agee)
Charles Calotta, tenor  
Mark Trawka, conductor
Morten Lauridsen was Composer-in-Residence of the LA Master Chorale (2994-2001) and professor of composition at USC for over 50 years. Dana Gioia is Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC and is California’s poet Laureate