Songs of Ascent

Songs of Ascent

Concert Stats

  • 110 Singers
  • String Orchestra
  • ListenUp! Pre-concert talk:: Preconcert talk 1 hour prior to curtain with Music Director Grant Gershon, KUSC Host Alan Chapman, and composers Nackkum Paik and Shawn Kirchner
  • Performance Length:
  • Intermission: Yes
  • English Supertitles: Yes
  • Student Rush:
  • Box Office Hours
  • Venue: Walt Disney Concert Hall


The heavenly music of Brahms and Whitacre introduce a concert built around the theme of ascension, featuring two colossal world premieres.

Shawn Kirchner, LAMC’s Swan Family Composer in Residence, creates his grandest composition to date with Songs of Ascent, a lyrical seven-movement work for voices and strings set to psalms that were sung by pilgrims on their journey to Jerusalem.

Korean-American composer Nackkum Paik set her newest work for triple chorus on the biblical text of Elijah, featuring the Los Angeles Chamber Choir with the LA Master Chorale. Broadly based on traditional Korean music but sung in Western classical style, this work marks the fifth project in the Chorale’s LA is the World commissioning series.

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