Angel City Chorale

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Angel City Chorale, or ACC is a Los Angeles choir conducted by founder and artistic director Sue Fink.[1] It is a multi-talented, multi-cultural choir.

The group consists of 160 singers. It is recognized for its signature blend of musical styles and commitment to community, Angel City Chorale strives to give back to the L.A. community through song, donations, and volunteerism. Offering a diverse selection of musical material including classical, jazz, folk music, gospel, and pop. ACC performs twice seasonally, spring and winter, at both the historic Wilshire United Methodist Church and Immanuel Presbyterian Church. In addition to its scheduled performances, Angel City Chorale has performed at venues throughout Los Angeles, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the former Kodak Theatre, the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Staples Center, and the Shrine Auditorium. Angel City Chorale is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation.

Notable performances[edit]

In addition to an annual concert series, the choir has performed with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra. ACC was the only choir to sing at the 2000 Democratic National Convention, performing with artists including Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.[2]

Other notable performances include singing with Natasha Bedingfield and being selected by internationally acclaimed music director and record producer Frank McNamara to appear in an hour-long PBS special, The American Tenors,[3] taped at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood in 2002.

In 2003, Angel City Chorale was one of the first choral groups to perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall for a holiday production of A Merry Mancini Christmas,[4] singing Henry Mancini's arrangements of holiday favorites along with soloists Michael Bublé, Monica Mancini, and Dianne Reeves, accompanied by the 77-member Henry Mancini Institute Alumni Orchestra, conducted by Patrick Williams.

In December 2005, members of the chorale performed on the Hollywood Tree Lighting Celebration at the Grove, which aired on CBS.[5]

In June 2013, ACC performed the West Coast debut performance of Grammy Award-winning composer Christopher Tin's classical/world music composition Calling All Dawns during the group's annual spring concert.

In February 2014, Angel City Chorale recorded seven movements of Tin's album "The Drop That Contained the Sea,"[6] another classical/world music fusion piece in multiple languages. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard's Traditional Classical Albums chart.[7] In April 2014, the group also performed the world-premiere of the album at Carnegie Hall.

The group's 2013 performance of Toto's Africa became a viral hit, surpassing 8 million views[8] on YouTube. The musical arrangement for this performance was created by the Slovenian jazz chorale Perpetuum Jazzile[9]

In July 2016, Angel City Chorale embarked on a three-city tour of the United Kingdom, performing a program of Copland, their viral cover of Africa, and selections from Christopher Tin's Calling All Dawns and The Drop That Contained the Sea, culminating in a concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a recording session at Abbey Road Studios, where they recorded the vocals for Christopher Tin's theme to video game Civilization VI, entitled "Sogno di Volare".

Discography[edit]

  • Why Walk When You Can Fly (1999)
  • Gift of the Angels (studio recording) (2001)
  • A Chanukah Celebration (2004)
  • The Road Home (2008)

Tour of Hope[edit]

Angel City Chorale's mission is "building community one song at a time," which is embodied every December by the group's annual Tour of Hope program, when the singers perform concerts for the homeless, the elderly, and others whom the group hopes would benefit from an infusion of holiday spirit. Over the past 15 years, ACC has sung for more than 30 service organizations around the city, donating not only the gift of music, but also food, personal items, clothing, and medical supplies.

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