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The Valley Line: Anniversary of ‘Lux Aeterna’ celebrated by L.A. Master Chorale

The Valley Line: Anniversary of ‘Lux Aeterna’ celebrated by L.A. Master Chorale

Twenty years ago, I was fortunate to be sitting in the audience when the L.A. Master Chorale, under the baton of the late Paul Salamunovich, premiered Morten Lauridsen’s masterpiece, “Lux Aeterna.” This singular piece brought a new awareness throughout the choral world. Today it is one of the most performed works from the late 20th century.

On June 18 at Walt Disney Hall, the 115-member Chorale, conducted by Grant Gershon, celebrated the 20th anniversary of this groundbreaking piece with a full orchestra. Taking multiple bows at the end of this magnificent performance was Morten Lauridsen, composer.

Lauridsen, from 1995...

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