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T@MS presents: Meditation: Soprano Elissa Johnston and the Lyris Quartet
Los Angeles, CA
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T@MS presents: Meditation: Soprano Elissa Johnston and the Lyris Quartet

Arvo Pärt - Wallfahrtslied (Pilgrims Song)

Pin Hsin Lin - The Rose in the Deeps of His Heart

John Tavener - Akhmatova Songs

David Hertzberg -Méditation Boréale

Evan Beigel - Oscillatore

Lyris Quartet

The LYRIS QUARTET described as "radiantexquisite... and powerfully engaged" by Mark Swed of the LA Times was founded in 2008. Members of the quartet have won top prizes at the Tchaikovsky International Competition and Aspen Music Festival and have collaborated with renowned artists Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Martha Argerich, Alban Gerhardt, Boris Pergamenschikov, Guillame Sutre, Myung-Whun Chung, and Richard Stoltzman.

Lyris has collaborated closely with composers Krystof Penderecki, Andrew Norman, Oliver Knussen, Steven Mackey, John Adams, Bruce Broughton, Peter Knell, Kurt Rohde, Paquito D'Rivera, Wadada Leo Smith, and Gerard Schurmann. They appeared alongside composer/pianist Billy Childs as part of the LA Phils Jazz and World music series at Disney Hall and with Steve Reich at LACMAs Bing Hall.

The quartet has appeared throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in a diverse range of ensembles including Grammy nominated groups Absolute Ensemble, Southwest Chamber Music, and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa as well as solo and chamber appearances in various festivals such as Ravinia, Brahms Festival in Madrid, Music Academy of the West, Banff Centre for the Arts, Czech SommerFest, and Oregon Festival of American Music among others. This season, Lyris was invited by the LA Philharmonic to perform on their Green Umbrella series and on their tribute concert to composer Steven Stucky. New projects include innovative multimedia concerts with artists Andrew Burke and Ana Prvacki as well as opening for Kraftwerk and Ben Harper. They also gave the west coast premiere of David Lang's "The Difficulty of Crossing a Field". This year will mark their fifth season as the resident ensemble for the critically acclaimed series Jacaranda: Music at the Edge.

The Lyris Quartet is the founding resident ensemble of the Hear Now Music Festival which focuses on the music of living Los Angeles composers. As part of this series, they have collaborated with and premiered works by Stephen Hartke, Don Davis, Arturo Cardélus, and Veronika Krausas, among others. The Lyris Quartet has recorded for Toccata Classics, ARS and Naxos.

Elissa Johnston

Soprano Elissa Johnstons recent performances include Handels Messiah in Tokyo and Osaka with the Telemann Chamber Orchestra, the world premiere of Some Things Do Not Move by Ann LeBaron with Southwest Chamber Music, Unsuk Chins Akrostichon Wortspiel, Chinary Ungs Aura at Le Poisson Rouge in New York with the New York New Music Ensemble, and David Langs the little match girl passion at the Ravinia Festival. Particularly drawn to the music of J.S. Bach, she has recently performed Bach Cantatas 54 and 84 with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Cantatas 51 and 82 with the Long Beach Symphony, Bachs Mass in B Minor with the L.A. Master Chorale, and has appeared with Los Angeles based Bachs Circle at the Oregon Bach Festival. Her orchestral engagements include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and the San Francisco Contemporary Players.

Elissa recorded Chinary Ungs Aura with Southwest Chamber Music and toured with the ensemble in Vietnam and Cambodia, and has sung Messiaens epic song cycle Harawi with pianist Vicki Ray at both Jacaranda Music and Pianospheres. Elissa can be heard on dozens of film soundtracks, and is featured in Danny Elfmans Serenata Schizophrana, which was released on the Sony Classical label.


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4414 West 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
United States



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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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