One of the headline acts coming to this year's Auckland Arts Festival is the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The ensemble is singing – and acting – the last great work of Renaissance master Orlando de Lassus: Lagrime di San Pietro (The Tears of St. Peter).
The Master Chorale was founded in 1964, and it’s generally considered to be one of the United States' top professional choirs. The Chorale often performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and in its own right. It commissions, performs and records new music and has a strong education mission, including residencies for students to write and perform their own songs.
The Lagrime di San Pietro project is a collaboration with director Peter Sellars – it’s travelled to the Salzburg Festival, and now to New Zealand for one performance only in the Auckland Festival.
David Morriss spoke with the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s long-serving Artistic Director Grant Gershon ahead of the performance.
Lagrime di San Pietro - Los Angeles Master Chorale
Friday 13 March, Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, 7.30pm