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John Williams Honored at LA Children's Chorus Gala Bel Canto

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Apparently we missed the announcement on Feb. 24:
 

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Embracing its deep roots and far-reaching artistry during its 30th Anniversary Season, the Los Angeles Children's Chorus (LACC) honors four esteemed visionaries who have left their indelible stamps on the acclaimed chorus, including five-time Academy Award-winning film composer John Williams and LACC Founding Director Rebecca Thompson, at Gala Bel Canto, its annual fundraiser, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 6 pm, at Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Longtime LACC supporters and arts patrons Eileen and Ken Leech are also being feted for their dedication to the chorus. The celebration, hosted by actress Jane Kaczmarek, includes heartfelt accolades and moving musical tributes by 300 singers from five LACC ensembles, led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, as well as a delectable three-course dinner, exquisite wines and a dazzling live auction. Proceeds benefit Los Angeles Children's Chorus's artistic, educational and scholarship programs.

 

"We are proud to recognize these distinguished honorees for their immeasurable contributions to the Los Angeles Children's Chorus," says Gala Bel Canto Chair Cheryl R. Scheidemantle (Pasadena). "Without Rebecca Thompson, there would be no LACC. John Williams, whose exceptional music has touched people around the world, has collaborated with LACC on numerous projects, providing unparalleled artistic opportunities for our choristers.

 

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwclassical/article/Composer-John-Williams-to-be-Honored-at-LA-Childrens-Chorus-Gala-Bel-Canto-20160224

 

Further details:

http://www.galabelcanto.org/

 

 

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John Williams was bestowed with LACC’s Bel Canto Award by James Conlon, Music Director of LA Opera. LACC offered up an all-Williams musical tribute to the renowned composer that included his beloved works Exsultate Justi from the film “Empire of the Sun” (1987) performed by LACC’s Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Young Men’s Ensemble; Double Trouble from the film “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004) performed by LACC’s Apprentice and Intermediate choirs conducted by Mandy Bringham; and Dry Your Tears Afrika from the film “Amistad” (1997) featuring LACC’s combined choirs led by Diana Landis and Anne Tomlinson.

 

http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/composer-john-williams-honored-at-la-childrens-chorus-gala-bel-canto/

 

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Williams talks with Los Angeles Children Chorus members at the LACC benefit.

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