LOS ANGELES, CA. (Top40 Charts/ Angeles Chorale) - Maestro Donald Neuen will conduct the Angeles Chorale
and UCLA Chorale, and the American Youth Symphony, in the incomparable choral masterwork of Johannes Brahms, A German Requiem, on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at 8:00pm in Royce Hall at UCLA. The concert will also include a performance of Two Peruvian Preludes - Macchu Picchu: The Inca Retreat, composed by and honoring UCLA professor emeritus, world-renowned musicologist and composer Dr. Robert Stevenson, who will also be attending. Featured soloists are Khori Dastoor (soprano) and In Joon Jang (baritone).
'The German Requiem is one of Brahms' greatest and most emotional triumphs,' said Neuen. 'What better way to pay tribute to a musical legend, one of the greatest musicologists in the world, than with this masterpiece and Stevenson's own remarkable compositions.'
Dr. Stevenson joined the UCLA Department of Music faculty in 1949, retiring as professor emeritus in 1989. He is the author of 23 books and 743 encyclopedia articles, as well as his own journal InterAmerican Music Review, regarded by many as the finest periodicals in the field. He is an honorary member of National Conservatory of Peru, the American Musicological Society, the only honorary member of the International Musicological Society from the United States, and has received countless other awards and accolades as musicologist, educator and composer.
The first performance of Stevenson's symphonic Two Peruvian Preludes was by Leopold Stokowski with the Philadelphia Orchestra on June 28, 1962.
Maestro Donald Neuen, UCLA Professor of Distinction and Director of Choral Activities, served for twelve years in the same capacity at the Eastman School of Music, and was a protege and Assistant Conductor/Director of Choral Activities for Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Neuen also conducts the landmark Crystal Cathedral Choir in Garden Grove, CA, appearing weekly on their internationally-televised "Hour of Power" broadcast.
The Angeles Chorale is a world-class, large choral ensemble based in Los Angeles, and has presented great choral masterworks for more than a third of a century. High-profile guest appearances include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Disney Concert Hall's annual Holiday Sing-along. Angeles Chorale voices are often heard nationwide in cinemas and on television in choral sequences used for feature film trailers, television and advertising scores.
Tickets to the Brahms Requiem are $40, $30 and $20 with reduced prices for seniors over 60, full-time students and groups of 10 or more. Order at www.angeleschorale.org or 818-591-1735. Campus parking is $8 and is available in Lot 4 for Royce Hall (enter the campus at Sunset Boulevard and Westwood Plaza).