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Volume 7, Issue 6  |  January 21, 2022


Pacific Chorale featured in Grammy Award nomination; “The Wayfaring Project” to be broadcast on PBS SoCal and KCET

Pacific Chorale has announced news on two recent recognitions.

The 2022 Grammy Award nominations were announced on November 23 and Pacific Chorale is featured on a recording that received two nominations – Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical: Mahler: Symphony No. 8, “Symphony Of A Thousand” Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Grant Gershon, Robert Istad, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz & Luke McEndarfer, chorus masters (Leah Crocetto, Mihoko Fujimura, Ryan McKinny, Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Simon O’Neill, Morris Robinson & Tamara Wilson; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus & Pacific Chorale).

About the Recording:

In May 2019, Pacific Chorale had the honor of joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, National Children’s Chorus and eight outstanding soloists all under the baton of conductor Gustavo Dudamel for a live performance of Gustav Mahler’s mammoth Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Major – aptly nicknamed the “Symphony of a Thousand” – as the triumphant climax of the Philharmonic’s centennial year. Those performances were captured live by the premier recording engineers of Deutsche Grammopohon, and the resulting recording was digitally released in stunning Dolby Atmos sound on June 7, 2021.

Pacific Chorale Istad

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Photos by Jeff Dolen Productions

Artistic Director Robert Istad conducts Pacific Chorale in “Alleluia” in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for the choir’s original concert film, “The Wayfaring Project”

Additionally, Pacific Chorale’s “The Wayfaring Project,” a stunning original concert film produced this year during the pandemic, so dazzled executives at PBS SoCal and KCET that it was just announced that the film will be broadcast on the TV stations on December 17 and 22, respectively, [both at 8:30 p.m.] and will also stream on www.pbssocial.org, www.kcet.org and the PBS app, reaching audiences across the Southland and around the globe. “The Wayfaring Project,” a visual and musical odyssey conceived and conducted by Artistic Director Robert Istad, features Pacific Chorale, members of Pacific Symphony and soloists performing J.S. Bach’s motet, “Jesu meine Freude,” interwoven with contemporary works such as Moira Smiley’s arrangement of the American folksong “Wayfaring Stranger,” Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” Samuel Barber’s “Sure on This Shining Night, Tarik O’Regan’s “All Things Common” and Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia.” 

Pacific Chorale Jesu Meine

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After a 17-month “fermata” due to the global pandemic, Pacific Chorale finally returned to the stage of its home venue, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, to film Bach’s “Jesu, meine Freude” for the choir’s original concert film, “The Wayfaring Project”

Filmed between April and July 2021, “The Wayfaring Project” follows Pacific Chorale’s progression through the COVID-19 pandemic: from complete social distancing, with each singer performing in isolation for “Wayfaring Stranger,” through hybrid music videos with the audio recorded separately from the visuals, culminating in the choir’s first return to live music-making after 17 months at its performing home in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

“The music traces an emotional arc from dislocation and uncertainty to assurance and hope,” said Istad. “It pays tribute to the emotional journeys we have all undergone during the past year and a half, and looks forward to a brighter future for us and for the world.”

Andrew Brown, Pacific Chorale’s President and CEO, added, “We are delighted to partner with PBS SoCal and KCET to present this remarkable film to audiences across the Southland. It’s particularly meaningful that the film will air in December, when families gather together for the holidays.”

“The Wayfaring Project” features audio and video production by Arts Laureate and video production by award-winning cinematographer Jeff Dolen.

 Pacific Chorale’s 2021-22 Season is made possible by generous support from Platinum Season Sponsor Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons, and Silver Season Sponsor Charles and Ling Zhang.

For more information, visit www.pacificchorale.org or call 714.662.2345.

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