Founded in 1968, Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming, and influential education programs. Pacific Chorale presents a substantial performance season of its own at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is sought regularly to perform with the nation’s leading symphonies. Under the inspired guidance of Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California’s hallmark innovation and cultural independence.
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Founded in 1968, Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming, and influential education programs.
Pacific Chorale presents a substantial performance season of its own at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is sought regularly to perform with the nation’s leading symphonies. Under the inspired guidance of Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California’s hallmark innovation and cultural independence.
Pacific Chorale (Cont.)
Pacific Chorale comprises 140 professional and volunteer singers.
In addition to its long-standing partnership with Pacific Symphony, the Chorale has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall on numerous occasions. Other noted collaborations include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Long Beach, Pasadena, Riverside and San Diego symphonies.
John Alexander and the Chorale have toured extensively in Europe, South America and Asia, performing in London, Paris, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and Hong Kong, and collaborating with the London Symphony, L’Orchestre Lamoureux of Paris, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the China National Symphony, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Estonian National Symphony and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina.
The John Alexander Singers
Pacific Chorale’s chamber choir, the John Alexander Singers, is a fully professional vocal ensemble of 24 singers recognized for their musical excellence across a broad range of musical periods and styles.
The John Alexander Singers perform regularly in concert venues throughout Southern California.
In addition to extensive collaborations with Musica Angelica, Southern California’s premier period instrument orchestra, the John Alexander Singers have performed with the Kronos Quartet, Mark Morris Dance Company, The Royal Ballet of London, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Pacific Symphony, and on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Green Umbrella” new music series. In 2012, the John Alexander Singers presented the Paris premiere of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion.
Pacific Chorale Awards & Recordings
Pacific Chorale has received numerous awards from Chorus America, the service organization for North American choral groups, including the prestigious “Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence,” the first national “Educational Outreach Award,” and the 2005 ASCAP Chorus America Alice Parker Award for adventurous programming.
The Chorale’s outstanding performances can be heard on eight CDs, including Nocturne, a collection of American a cappella works conducted by John Alexander; Songs of Eternity by James F. Hopkins and Voices by Stephen Paulus, conducted by John Alexander and featuring Pacific Symphony; a holiday recording, Christmas Time Is Here, released on the Gothic Records label; a live concert recording of Sergei Rachmaninov’s Vespers; and four recordings released by Pacific Symphony, including Elliot Goldenthal’s Fire, Water, Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio, Richard Danielpour’s An American Requiem, Philip Glass’ The Passion of Ramakrishna, and Michael Daugherty’s Mount Rushmore, all conducted by Carl St.Clair.
Pacific Chorale’s newest recording, featuring the complete choral music of Frank Ticheli, was released in 2013. Forthcoming projects include works by Jake Heggie.
Poulenc: Vinea Mea Electa
Pacific Chorale performs "Vina mea electa" from Francis Poulenc's "Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence" in this concert recording from March 28, 2009, with Artistic Director John Alexander conducting.