National Children’s Chorus To Celebrate Ireland Tonight At The Broad Stage

Friday, 22 Mar 2013, 9:30:00 AM

Brenton Garen

The National Children’s Chorus will perform “Celtic Soul” at The Broad Stage tonight, March 22 at 7 pm.
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The National Children’s Chorus will perform “Celtic Soul” at The Broad Stage tonight, March 22 at 7 pm.

The National Children’s Chorus will celebrate Ireland

tonight to a sold-out audience at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica with its

Celtic Soul performance.

As America’s leading youth choral institution, the

ensemble will perform the West Coast premiere of “Out of the Mist, Above the

Real,” an Irish cantata by noted composer Dr. Daniel Brewbaker. 

The Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company also

choreographed visual movement and a modern dance set to interpret the piece.

The cantata’s title is derived from the second movement,

“The Irish Cliffs of Moher,” a poem by Wallace Stevens whose image on a

postcard inspired Stevens to write about the “worn cliffs towering up over the

Atlantic.”

“It was a great gust of freedom, a return to the

spacious, solitary world in which we used to exist…” Stevens believed that the imagination is

allowed freer play in Ireland. 

The cantata and the poems on which it is based express a

search for ancient origins, a passionate yearning to find the most distant,

primal, earthly and heavenly progenitor of existence.

“Out of the Mist, Above the Real” was commissioned by

the Choral Music Experience New Millennium Institute in Maynooth, Ireland and

premiered at the National Concert Hall in Dublin in 2002, with combined youth

and mixed choruses, The Irish Chamber Orchestra, uilleann piper Joe McKenna and

soprano Noirin Ni Riain.

The chorus’ artistic director Luke McEndarfer and

associate artistic director Dr. Pamela Blackstone will conduct tonight’s

performance. The duo recently led 150 students from the chorus in bi-coastal

holiday concerts themed “Candlelight” with world-renowned soprano Lisa Vroman.

With a set of ensembles in Los Angeles and New York, the

chorus trains students from more than 60 schools in each city who meet weekly

for rehearsal and musicianship study.

In residence at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, the chorus

is one of a few youth arts organizations in the world to have its entire

concert season presented by a professional concert hall.

This is the fourth season at The Broad Stage and the

second in New York. The 2012/2013 season is entitled “Traditions,” presenting

an eclectic array of musical styles, drawing on American cultural roots.

The chorus provides musically talented children with

first-rate vocal training and an unparalleled musicianship curriculum. 

Each child, regardless of educational or financial

background, has the possible opportunity to develop vocal skills from the most basic

concepts through the college level. 

Expert instructors work to cultivate tone quality,

breath support and musical expression in each student while collaborating as an

ensemble culminates in world-class performances at The Broad Stage in Santa

Monica, St. Paul the Apostle Church in West Los Angeles, and The Church of St.

Paul the Apostle in New York.

A pianist, conductor and voice coach, McEndarfer has

been artistic director since 2004 and is integral to all facets of the chorus’

development from spearheading auditions and vocal training, to choosing

material, to fostering relationships and securing collaborations with artists

and organizations.

Though the performance is sold out, tickets may be

available via waitlist by calling The Broad Stage box office at 310.434.3200.

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