JACCC, in coordination with the L.A. Daiku Association, and under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Jeffrey Bernstein, has opened registration for up to 300 voices from around Southern California and Japan to join us as we perform Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Choral Fantasy at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 28, 2017.
In order to participate in the final performance, each singer MUST REGISTER and BE PRESENT at the last three rehearsals on July 26, 27 & 28. (July 26 & 27 will take place at Aratani Theatre, July 28 at Walt Disney Concert Hall before the performance.)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ'S)
WHAT ARE WE PERFORMING AT THE CONCERT?
We are performing Ludwig Van Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Choral Fantasy. Singers from Japan must be able to sing Beethoven's Choral Fantasy & 9th Symphony.
WHAT VOCAL PARTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses.
WHERE CAN I REHEARSE?
Rehearsals are taking place at Pacific Church of Irvine (Irvine) on Tuesdays (7:15pm), Aratani Theatre (Los Angeles) on Thursdays (7pm), and First Lutheran Church and School (Torrance) on Fridays (7pm). Updates and changes to the schedule are available to participants once registered. No rehearsals are scheduled in Japan; singers from Japan will only be required to rehearse in Los Angeles on July 26, 27, and 28.
IS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED?
Experience not required but rehearsals are critical to the quality of our performance. In addition to weekly rehearsals, singers are given multiple tools to aid practicing on their own. However we understand that unforeseen circumstances and illness may arise, and we expect all singer to notify their choral coaches of their absence in these situations. Participants cannot miss more than four rehearsals to be included in the final concert, with few exceptions. Final concert participation will be at the discretion of the Musical Director.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Registration for each singer is $100.
WHAT DO I GET IF I REGISTER?
Each singer who registers will have the opportunity to perform on the Disney Concert Hall stage (with attendance at Final Dress Rehearsal) and receive a copy of the rehearsal/performance score, access to online choir tools, a commemorative Bridge To Joy T-Shirt, and a bento dinner as part of the Final Dress Rehearsal.
WHY ARE REGISTRATION LIMITED FOR EACH VOCAL PART?
Each vocal part has a limited number of spots to support a musical balance. Once the spots are filled, a wait list registration will be opened. Wait-listed members will be able to participate in weekly rehearsals (a rehearsal coordinator will contact you with information)
ARE THERE ANY TRAVEL ACCOMMODATIONS FROM JAPAN?
If you are interested in joining the Travel Tour from Japan, information will be made available in February.
CAN I CALL SOMEONE FOR MORE INFO?
JACCC's Box Office is open Tuesdays - Fridays from 12pm - 5pm PST to answer questions about registration. Terry can be reached at 213-680-3700 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR
Jeffrey Bernstein is a California-based composer, conductor, pianist and educator. He is founding director of the Pasadena Master Chorale and artistic director of the Los Angeles Daiku and was for eleven years director of choral music at Occidental College. Bernstein holds music degrees from Harvard, Yale and UCLA. He has led choirs on fourteen tours of four continents and traveled extensively as a guest conductor, directing choirs and orchestras in Europe, Japan and throughout this country. Recently premiered works include Dreams of Japan with the Tokushima Symphony, Fukushima Requiem with the Los Angeles Daiku Orchestra, and The Human Journey, commissioned and premiered by the L.A. Choral Lab. Bernstein performs solo concerts of improvised piano music has released three piano albums: PianoJournals (2012), Clear Mind Calm Water (2015) and The Desert House (2015). A committed educator and strong advocate for children, Bernstein maintains a private studio and is on staff at the Pasadena Waldorf School, where he creates improvised piano music for young people.
Info on our Southern California Choral Coaches will be posted shortly.
In cooperation with the Japan Business Association, Japan America Society of Southern California
& All-Japan Association of Daiku Choral Societies.