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Los Angeles Children's Chorus History

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Based in: Pasadena, United States.

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary season, Los Angeles Children's Chorus under Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson is recognized throughout the country for its exceptional artistic quality and technical ability. Founded in Pasadena in 1986, LACC performs frequently with leading music ensembles including the LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Calder Quartet and Pasadena Symphony. LACC also assists Los Angeles Opera by training and providing children for its opera productions that require children's chorus or child soloists.

During its most recent season, LACC welcomed LA Phil music director Gustavo Dudamel to Los Angeles as part of ˇBienvenido GUSTAVO! at the Hollywood Bowl; collaborated with contemporary music ensemble Jacaranda and the Pasadena POPS; took part in the LA Phil's West Coast, Left Coast festival and Green Umbrella series; performed and recorded with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and made its debut at the new Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

LACC's roster includes more than 350 children from 60 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs and one class for young singers, First Experiences in Singing. Its newest choral ensemble, the Young Men's Ensemble, accommodates young male singers with changing voices. LACC's intensive training program includes weekly or twice weekly rehearsals, individual vocal coaching and comprehensive musicianship classes/p>

LACC has toured Brazil, Great Britain, Italy, Australia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland, as well as many parts of the United States and Canada. In 2008, Concert Choir performed at the China International Arts Celebration for Young People during its tour to China prior to the Beijing summer Olympics. In 2010, Concert Choir toured Finland, Estonia and Sweden.

Among its numerous accomplishments, LACC produced a commissioned world-premiere opera, Keepers of the Night, by composer Peter Ash and librettist Donald Sturrock in 2007 and appears on "Amore Infinito" ("Infinite Love"), a Deutsche Grammophon CD of songs based on poems by the late Pope John Paul II and performed by Placido Domingo, which was released worldwide in March 2009.

LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, "Sing!" and sequel documentary "Sing Opera!" by award-winning Santa Monica filmmakers Freida Lee Mock and Jessica Sanders. "Sing!" chronicles a year in the life of the choir and is shown frequently on PBS stations nationwide. A third LACC documentary by Freida Lee Mock, "Sing China!" was released in 2010.

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