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Los Angeles Master Chorale: Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of St. Peter)

Orlando di Lasso, composer
Grant Gershon, artistic director and conductor
Peter Sellars, director
James F. Ingalls, lighting designer

From the creative mind of acclaimed director Peter Sellars comes his very first a cappella staging and most personal work to date. Orlando di Lasso, writing in the late 1500s, knew that Lagrime di San Pietro was to be the last piece he would ever compose, so he packed every measure with an emotionally charged texture that channeled his pain and remorse into a towering work of beauty. With the music committed to memory, the 21 singers of the Los Angeles Master Chorale—widely recognized as the country’s leading professional choir—transform this sweeping Renaissance work into a breathtaking experience. Modern English translations are projected above the stage, while lighting design by James F. Ingalls and costume design by Danielle Domingue Sumi complement Sellars’ dramatic staging.

Setting the poetry of Luigi Tansillo, “I accept responsibility” is the fundamental theme of Lagrime, which depicts the seven stages of grief that St. Peter experienced after disavowing his knowledge of Jesus Christ on the day of Christ’s arrest prior to crucifixion. Sellars translates Lagrime through a contemporary lens, suggesting that by taking responsibility and facing our past head-on, we can forge a more resolved and fulfilling future.

This concert will last approximately 80 minutes, with no intermission. There will be no late seating for this performance.

Dinner Buffet

Before the performance, enjoy a special dinner buffet service at Intermezzo cafe. Select from slow-roasted, hand-carved prime rib or roast pork tenderloin with creamy dijon sauce for $14.95. You’ll receive red-skinned mashed potatoes, fresh steamed vegetables, and rolls with your entree. Service begins at 5:30pm and continues until 7:30pm.

Endowed Underwriter

  • Valentine Jobst III

Patron Underwriters

  • Iris & Burt Swanson

Patron Co-sponsors

  • Michael & Margaret Rosso Grossman
  • Diana Sheets & Stephen Levinson in memory of Dr. Arthur Chitz, Music Director of the Dresden Schauspielhaus
  • Lois & Robert Resek
  • Selma Richardson
  • Carol & Frank Shupp
  • Elaine & Case Sprenkle
  • Art & Shirley Traugott

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Event Details

Foellinger Great Hall
Sa Sep 15, 2018 - 7:30pm
Pick Five+: 47 / SC 42 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Single: 49 / SC 44 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Great Hall Series (5 Events): 252 / SC 227 / STU 75 / UI & YTH 50