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  • BOYS CHOIR OF HARLEM MAKES WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL DEBUT
  • Dec. 4, 2003
  • Contacts: Elizabeth Hinckley, 213.972.3034
    Sabrina Skacan, 213.972.3408

    Program Kicks Off Los Angeles Philharmonic's New Holiday Concert Presentations At Walt Disney Concert Hall


    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, AT 8 PM


    Sponsored by Deloitte & Touche


    The Boys Choir of Harlem makes their Walt Disney Concert Hall debut in A Joyful Noise, a special holiday program on Thursday, December 4 at 8 p.m. The program kicks off a series of holiday performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall for the 2003/2004 season, which features a special lineup of holiday presentations also including a brass quintet, an energetic Gospel choir, Christmas sing-a-longs, and even a Klezmer ensemble.

    In its 35th year under the direction of Walter J. Turnbull, the Boys Choir of Harlem (BCH) is internationally recognized for its virtuoso performances and innovations in the thousand-year-old art of the boy choir. The BCH is well-known for the breadth of its repertoire, which ranges from staples of the European canon by such masters as Haydn, Bach, and Mozart through the work of more modern composers such as Ginastera and Poulenc, to contemporary works from such artists as Bernstein and Hailstork. African-American spirituals, gospels, jazz, pop, and hip-hop are choreographed to give the Choir a magnetic stage presence that has won critical and popular acclaim.

    At Walt Disney Concert Hall, the BCH will perform a range of Christmas spiritual and traditional choral selections including Bach's Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft, Poulenc's Gloria, Mel Tormé's The Christmas Song, Sammy Cahn's Let It Snow, and inspirational songs such as Glory, Glory, Glory to the New Born King, and Lift Every Voice and Sing, among others.

    The special holiday programs at Walt Disney Concert Hall continue with Holiday Brass (Canadian Brass) on December 13; Oy, Chanukah (Klezmer Conservatory Band) on December 16; Sing We Christmas (Chanticleer) on December 18; Glory, Glory Glory! (Shirley Caesar Gospel Christmas) on December 20; and A Merry Mancini Christmas (Henry Mancini Institute Alumni Orchestra with special guests Debbie Allen, Michael Bublé, Dom DeLuise, Dakota Fanning, Gloria Loring, Monica Mancini, Robin Thicke, Diane Reeves and the Angel City Chorale) on December 23; and Pink Martini on December 31.

    The celebrated BOYS CHOIR OF HARLEM marks the 35th anniversary of its founding by Walter J. Turnbull this season and is recognized for its virtuoso performances and innovative approach to choral music. The Boys Choir of Harlem makes several national tours annually and frequently tours Europe and Asia. The ensemble has appeared at many historic events: The United Nations 50th Anniversary Concert, Nelson Mandela's first trip to the U.S., the Statue of Liberty's centennial, and the 1992 observance of the 500th anniversary of Columbus' arrival. In 1997, they received the National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, AT 8 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    BOYS CHOIR OF HARLEM


    Sponsored by Deloitte & Touche

    Tickets ($20 - $65) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office, online at LAPhil.com, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.

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  • contact:

    Elizabeth Hinckley, 213.972.3034; Sabrina Skacan, 213.972.3408