Los Angeles Opera Names New Chorus Master: Grant Gershon of L.A. Master Chorale

Classic Arts News   Los Angeles Opera Names New Chorus Master: Grant Gershon of L.A. Master Chorale
Conductor Grant Gershon, a key figure of the Los Angeles Music Center in his position as music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, will be expanding his presence there this fall. Los Angeles Opera announced this week that Gershon has been appointed to the newly-created post of Associate Conductor/Chorus Master. He replaces William Vendice, who steps down as the company's Head of Music Staff and Chorus Master at the end of this season.

At the same time, the management of the Master Chorale revealed that that it has extended Gershon's contract through the 2010-11 season. Gershon joined the Chorale in 2001 and has since earned for the ensemble a reputation as one of the most expert and innovative professional choral ensembles in the U.S.

Both companies are residents of the Music Center: Los Angeles Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Master Chorale across the street at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Gershon is no stranger to opera — or indeed to Los Angeles Opera, where he was Assistant Conductor/Principal Pianist from 1988 to 1994; he then served as assistant conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1994 to 1997. He has held similar positions at the Salzburg Festival, the Berlin Staatsoper and the Aix-en-Provence Festival, working with conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado, respectively. He has appeared as guest conductor with, among others, Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra; earlier this month he conducted Ricky Ian Gordon's new work The Grapes of Wrath at Utah Opera.

His most recent recording with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, of Steve Reich's Daniel Variations, will be released on the Nonesuch label later this year.

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