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75th Annual Los Angeles Bach Festival 2008



The Los Angeles Bach Festival has its beginnings in 1936 under the direction of John Smallman, Music Director from 1921 until his untimely death on 19 December 1937.  Dr. Smallman died doing what he loved best, conducting the Cathedral choir in a performance of "The Messiah".  This festival has been held at First Church ever since.    It is interesting to note that the Cathedral choir continues to wear the uniform he chose for is choristers, the simple white surplice over a red robe.  Those who have attended our concerts over the years may have noticed two lamp posts with surround seats out in our forecourt.  These are the Smallman memorial lamps, dedicated in his memory by his choir.

Tickets will soon be going on sale for the 75th Annual Los Angeles Bach Festival.  It is advised that tickets be purchased in advance, especially for the Finale Concert.  This concert is usually the first to go, as is the opening concert, which also kicks off our annual Organ Concert series.   As soon as the information is available,  I will place an order form on a separate page so that you can print it out and send it in with your request for tickets.  

The Jr. Bach Festival is one of my favorites in the series in that it fosters an early interest in classical music for young people, giving them a platform to gain experience in auditioning in a prestigious venue, with the opportunity to a solo or ensemble performance to the winners.  This particular series has long been a part of the music tradition of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, who's own musical history dates back to the late 1800s, when a Women's Orchestra was founded under the direction of a gentleman by the name of Harley Hamilton.

The two areas of First Church that are home to this series is the Main Sanctuary of the church and our side chapel, named Shatto Chapel.  Shatto Chapel is a smaller chapel (built to the same exact dimensions of the Mayflower ship inverted) so plan to be early enough to get appropriate seating.  Be sure to look at the stained glass window at the front of the chapel.  It was believed to be a Tiffany window, but further research proved it to be much older.  (To see a color photo, visit the stained glass window pages.
The Los Angeles Jr. Bach Festival brings in students from throughout the Los Angeles area, who through excellence in their studies and talents, are presented here in the final recital of the competition winners.  These students will perform the music of J. S. Bach encompassing a range of settings including strings, winds, piano and organ in addition to some ensemble performances.  In past years, we have had the privilege of witnessing exciting performances from children as young as six, who's talents were equal to or even surpassed some of the adult performances of the day.  I highly encourage you to see and hear these wonderful children perform and encourage their future growth and interests in music.
Here is a message to prospective singers from Dr. Jonathan Talberg, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Bach Festival:  


(Photo courtesy of Tom McCage, a member of the Cathedral choir.)

July 3, 2008

Dear Bach Festival Singer -
I hope you are enjoying the beginning of a wonderful and refreshing summer. Please allow me to introduce myself as the new Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Bach Festival. I’m thrilled to be part of such a successful, long running and highly recognized festival, and I invite you to participate with us in the 75th Annual Los Angeles Bach Festival. Whether you are a returning member, or are interested in singing in the Festival the first time, I am looking forward to working with you. 

This year's Finale program will feature the Mass in B-minor by J.S. Bach.  Since much of the voicing is SSATB, we have a special need for a sizable soprano section.  We will be singing from the Barenreiter edition. You may bring your own score, but it must be a Barenreiter, so that we can move quickly and efficiently in rehearsals. If you prefer, you may borrow a score from the festival when we do our registration; kindly bring a check or cash for a refundable $35 music deposit to the first rehearsal. 

Since I am not familiar with many of you, I will need to hear each of you sing before we begin rehearsals. I ask you to RSVP NOW for an audition time on Saturday, September 6th or Thursday, September 11 with your name, phone #, e-mail address, and voice-part (SATB, 1st or 2nd.)  Please let me stress---auditions for singers will be held by appointment only from 2:00 to 5:30 PM on September 6th and from 4-6:30 on September 11th.  The seven-minute audition involves singing scales, some pitch memory and sight reading. If you’d like to present a short or abridged solo you may. 

Please RSVP to Curtis at: crhodes@fccla.org or213-385-1345

For your planning purposes, here are the dates and times for rehearsals and the Finale concert:

Rehearsals (you may miss one of these) - $35 deposit for borrowed music

  • Sunday, September 14 @ 1:45-4:45 PM (please arrive 30 min early to sign in and acquire music & info)
    Sunday, September 21 @ 1:45-4:45 PM
  • Sunday, September 28 @ 1:45-4:45 PM
  • Saturday, October 4 @ 2-5 PM
  • Sunday, October 12 @ 1:45-4:45 PM     
  • Sunday, October 19 @ 1:15 to 3:15 PM (Festival begins - Opening Concert @ 4PM)

(none of the following may be missed)

  • Tuesday, October 28 @ 7:30 - 10:30 PM - final piano reh
    Thursday, October 30 @ 7:15 call (7:30 reh) – rehearsal with orchestra
    Saturday, November 1 @ 9:45 am call (10:00 reh) - dress reh with orchestra; soloists

  • Sunday, November 2 @ 3:00 call (4PM) - PERFORMANCE  

I would also like to take this opportunity to let you know about our Bach Festival fundraiser, which will be happening on Sunday, October 5, 2008 at the Contrapuntal Performance Hall in Brentwood (hence the rehearsal on Saturday the 4th).  Specifics for this gala event will be announced very soon, but we are planning a great time and hope you will be able to make it!  Tickets for this event are $100 and the proceeds will be used to benefit the Los Angeles Bach Festival’s General Fund.  Please mark your calendars and be on the lookout for further details as they come out later this summer. 

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing you sing. 

Warm regards, 

Dr. Jonathan Talberg
Artistic Director

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