Horizon Chamber Choir & Players to Perform at the 39th Annual Long Beach Bach Festival
2013-04-01 · By Editor
The Horizon Chamber Choir & Players are joined by Grammy award winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor to perform a program of works by J.S. Bach on period instruments as part of the 39th annual Long Beach Bach Festival.
“This concert shows off the breadth of Bach’s music for the church,” says music director Christian Campos. “We have a little bit of everything: a piece for choir and organ (Komm, Jesu, Komm (BWV 229)); two cantatas for choir, soloists, and orchestra (Himmelskönig sei wilkommen (BWV 182) and Der Herr denket an uns (BWV 196)); and a solo cantata showing off our fabulous guest soloist Kelley O’Connor (Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust (BWV 170)). We are thrilled to be at the Long Beach Bach Festival showcasing some of the area’s top emerging artists. It proves that classical music is alive and well.”
The concert entitled The King of Love will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7:30pm at Belmont Heights United Methodist Church in Long Beach (317 Termino Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814). To purchase tickets or learn more about the group and how you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Horizon Music Group, please visit http://www.horizonmusic.org.
About The Performers
This season, California native Kelley O’Connor’s impressive calendar includes a broad range of repertoire from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with some of the world’s top orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently, O’Connor is on an international tour with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Gustavo Dudamel presenting John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Mark Swed of the LA Times writes, “Oscar-winning actresses could do well to study O’Connor’s performance, with its shocking revelations of pain and the utterly convincing revelations of spiritual acceptance. That came through in the beauty of her singing, the way every word was given meaning, the look in her eyes and the way her hands moved.”
Founded in 2010, the Horizon Chamber Choir has quickly established itself as one of Los Angeles’ premier vocal ensembles. This season, the choir led by music director Christian Campos a featured guest ensemble at the Los Angeles Bach Festival and the St. James’ in the City Concert Series. Members of the group regularly perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Pacific Chorale. The Horizon Chamber Choir is one of two resident ensembles of the Horizon Music Group. Based in Los Angeles County, the Horizon Music Group is dedicated to serving the community, its musicians, and its students by offering outstanding live performances of the classical repertoire in an intimate and accessible setting; providing a musical voice for young emerging artists; and enriching students, teachers, and educational institutions’ curricula with a classical music resource.