Friday, May 10, 2013

de Angelis to perform Baroque & Beatles June 2 in Manhattan Beach

de Angelis Vocal Ensemble performs
The Baroque and The Beatles
Professional singers from Southern California present Two Musical Revolutions that Changed the World: Baroque and Beatles
Baroque and Beatles songs will be sung by the de Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan Beach in a free concert.

San Juan Capistrano-based a cappella choral group de Angelis will showcase the ways in which two phenomenal developments in our musical heritage—the expressive ways of Baroque music and the singular talents of the Beatles—have made our lives richer.

“The Baroque composers between 1600 and 1750 and the Beatles in the 1960s and 1970s, gave us new ways of hearing, of singing about feeling and of organizing sound,” says de Angelis artistic director Matthew Gray. “Trends that changed our experience of music came about in these rich periods of creative history.  What we now call “tonal harmony” was a new method solidified in the 17th century and the phenomenon of the studio musician—one working primarily for the purpose of making recordings—came into being in the mid-twentieth century, prominently through the work of the Beatles.”

Highlights from The Baroque and The Beatles include classic songs by Henry Purcell and Claudio Monteverdi and Beatles favorites such as Eleanor Rigby and Ticket to Ride.   The concert is built upon the thematic pairing of Baroque and Beatles songs that share a feeling or mood in the text or in the lyrics.

Formed in 2005, the de Angelis Vocal Ensemble comprises talented singers in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  Each member of de Angelis is a distinguished soloist, dedicated to choral art and bringing a wealth of experience and education to the group.  The ensemble’s widely varied a cappella repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant to present day choral classics. 

Artistic director Matthew Gray has conducted choirs in both private and public sector capacities for 25 years.  Matt, currently director of music ministries at Mission Basilica, is well-known by his colleagues and the public for compelling programming that combines music from all traditions and eras into unique representations of the genre.

The Baroque and The Beatles concert is free, donations areappreciated.  Trinity Lutheran Church is at 1350 Eleventh Street, Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266.

Please contact Brigit Morris, 949/842.1203;, for further information.

The de Angelis Vocal Ensemble is dedicated to the preservation, exploration and appreciation of the great classical choral music tradition.  de Angelis serves, engages and educates audiences and students of all ages and from all backgrounds.  Founded in 2005, de Angelis Vocal Ensemble is a nonprofit corporation based in San Juan Capistrano, California.

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