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Grant Gershon

 Grant Gershon was named Music Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2001 and also serves as LA Opera Resident Conductor/Chorus Master. The Los Angeles Times proclaims that the Chorale 'has become the most exciting chorus in the country under Grant Gershon.'  He has led nearly 100 performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, including virtually all of the major choral works.  Also well known as a champion of new music, Gershon has led world premiere performances of works by John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Christopher Rouse, Steve Reich, and Chinary Ung among many others. His discography includes two Grammy Award-nominated recordings: Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic Special Editions) and Ligeti’s Grand Macabre (Sony Classical); as well as three CDs with the Chorale: Glass-Salonen (RCM), You Are (Variations) (Nonesuch) and Daniel Variations (Nonesuch).   In New York he has appeared on the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center and on the Making Music series at Zankel Hall.  Other major appearances include performances at the Ravinia, Aspen, Edinburgh, Helsinki and Vienna Festivals.  He has worked closely with many leading conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Simon Rattle and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In 2007, Gershon conducted the Minnesota Opera’s world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera The Grapes of Wrath. In 2008, he made his highly acclaimed Los Angeles Opera debut leading eight performances of Verdi’s La Traviata.  Subsequently Gershon led the world premiere performances at L.A. Opera of Daniel Catán’s Il Postino featuring Plácido Domingo, and he will make his Santa Fe Opera debut in 2011, conducting Peter Sellars’ new production of Vivaldi’s Griselda.  Gershon was named Outstanding Alumnus of the USC Thornton School of Music and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Thornton School and the Board of Directors of Chorus America.

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Thursday, April 19

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