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A Connoisseurs Guide to Folksong
Grant Gershon
August 25, 2012

Grant Gershon is recognized as one of Los Angeles most talented, world class musicians.  His conducting, whether at the Los Angeles Opera or with the Los Angeles Master Chorale elicits passion, élan, and transcendent performances.  Joined by the illustrious vocal quartet of Suzanne Waters, Adriana Manfredi, Daniel Cheney and Reid Bruton, Grant turns his musicians ear to the intriguing world of international folk song as arranged by a variety of composers including Brahms, Bartok, Copland, and Tormis.   Come to the Branson  to experience a rare and intimate evening with the maestro, as he plays and conducts various vocal combinations  from the keyboard, exploring the wide and wonderful universe of folk music from France, England, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, and the United States. 

This performance begins at 8pm. 

GRANT GERSHON was named Music Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2001 and also serves as LA Opera Associate Conductor/Chorus Master, garnering tremendous critical acclaim. The Los Angeles Times proclaims that the Chorale "has become the most exciting chorus in the country under Grant Gershon." During his tenure with the Chorale, he has led more than 90 performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, including virtually all of the major choral works. A champion of new music as well, 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); and four CDs with the Chorale: Glass-Salonen (RCM), You Are (Variations) (Nonesuch), Daniel Variations (Nonesuch), and A Good Understanding (Decca). 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.

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