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Update on Choral Activities and travel–Phoenix concert and more!

March 5th, 2012 · 2 Comments

dress rehearsal
Dress rehearsal

The UCLA Chorale just returned from their trip to Arizona where they performed the Verdi ?Requiem? for the Arizona Musicfest. The performance was a smashing success and we want to thank all who made it possible. They traveled by bus to Scottsdale, Arizona last week, where they combined with the festival orchestra and chorus under the baton of Maestro Robert Moody. Orchestra members came from the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chicago & Cleveland Symphonies, etc. to perform. They were truly world class musicians. The dress rehearsal was actually a ?performance? to a paying crowd of over 500 on Saturday, and the house was completely sold out for the Sunday performance!

Maestro Moody, a former student of Professor Donald Neuen?s from his tenure at the Eastman School of Music, invited the UCLA Chorale to perform as choir-in-residence, a great honor and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the UCLA students! The Chorale performed brilliantly, and the praise from the conductor, orchestra members and audience was exuberant and overwhelming. The Chorale (who joined the 100-voice Phoenix Chorus?which was prepared by our UCLA Associate Director of Choral Activities Rebecca Lord) made UCLA proud. The students had a wonderful, exciting time; many saying that it was one of the greatest experiences of their lives. We are grateful to all who cooperated in helping make this experience possible for our students. They will cherish their memories for years to come!

In addition to the activities above, Dr. Rebecca Lord was just featured as a conductor at Carnegie Hall with the Young People?s Chorus of NYC. This successful performance received rave reviews in the New York Times, and occurred just prior to her travel to Phoenix, where she served as orchestral cover conductor and chorus master for the Verdi Requiem. We certainly are fortunate to have her on-board in our UCLA area of choral activities and its greatly expanding outreach program.

chorale poolside small
Choralel members relaxing at the hotel

Formal in the desert
There’s nothing like white tie and tails, with cactus!

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2 responses so far ↓

  • abmario // Sep 7, 2014 at 2:17 am

    It’s also an experience for members. Keep up the good work.
    Mario, a french canadian

  • cedms // Oct 10, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Really a great opportunity to share experiences and know other people and culture! Travel and music is a perfect mix!