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About Los Robles Master Chorale

Los Robles Master Chorale is one of southern California's premier regional choirs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lesley Leighton since 2008, the chorale has expanded its vision, personnel, and audience base, continuously working to broaden its horizons in both the repertoire it performs and the contribution it makes to the rich choral tradition of southern California. In addition to its own full concert season, the chorale has taken part in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's The Mahler Project, performed at A Concert for America at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in commemoration of the former president's centennial birthday, and performs regularly with the New West Symphony.

The 2013-2014 season opens in November with Handel's Messiah, performed in the more intimate manner of the composer's time by the 40-voice ensemble êkō, with soloists, organ and continuo. December brings two concerts for the holiday season: Holiday Treasures, the chorale's annual family-focused performance will offer seasonal favorites and includes handbells and audience sing-alongs. Holiday Presence will feature Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir — written in 1922 but not performed until 1961 — plus Alice Parker carols and other holiday favorites, as well as the winning composition from Los Robles Master Chorale's annual Young Artist Choral Composer Competition.

For its March concert, One in Song, LRMC welcomes Los Robles Children's Choir as its special guest, joining the chorale for John Rutter's Mass of the Children. Also on the program will be Gabriel Fauré's time-honored Requiem, performed by êkō. Later in March, the chorale will perform the Verdi Requiem with the New West Symphony under the direction of Marcelo Lehninger. In May, Imaginations Unleashed! takes the chorale for the first time to the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, and will feature Alexander Gretchaninov's rarely heard Passion Week along with two world premiere works commissioned by Los Robles Master Chorale - a piece by Jordan Nelson and an original multimedia score by Jasper Randall, commissioned in partnership with a major southern California university.

Extending its leadership and presence in the community, LRMC also performs regularly at the University Village retirement community and hosts a High School Choral Festival and a Choral Leadership Workshop for serious high school choral singers.

Los Robles Master Chorale often collaborates with such world-class choral composers as Morten Lauridsen and Shawn Kirchner, creating fresh insight into the interpretations of their works. The group has given west coast premieres of works by John Tavener, Franz Biebl, Matthew Brown, Bruce Vandervalk, Melanie McCoy, and Steve Eisle, in addition to world premieres of works by John Rutter, Christina Whitten Thomas, Lauren McLaren, Jordan Nelson, Thomas Goedecke and Lesley Leighton, and has hosted such distinguished guest conductors as Roger Wagner, Sir David Willcocks, Paul Salamunovich, Vance George, and Lloyd Pfautsch. The chorale has traveled on six international tours to Helsinki, Paris, Salzburg, London, Rome, Florence, and Prague, performing in Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Salzburg Cathedral, Basilica San Marco, the Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore, Basilica Santa Maria Maggiiore, and Dvorak Hall. A concert tour to Ireland is planned for summer 2015.

Mission Statement

We are a volunteer chorus that presents masterworks and new choral music to our community. We act as stewards of the tradition of choral excellence in our region through performance, collaboration with other arts organizations in our community, education of our audiences and young singers, and encouraging new choral compositions through our Young Artist Choral Composer Competition.

Vision Statement

We envision a community in which choral music connects all generations through the power and beauty of the human voice.

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