The Metropolitan Master Chorale performs One Peace at the City of West Hollywood Council Chambers. The Council Chambers is located on the ground floor of the West Hollywood Library.
The address is 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069.
Validated parking is available in the parking structure just behind the Council Chambers and Library. Enter from San Vincente Boulevard.
Support the Chorale! At 6:00 PM before the concert, join us for a silent auction featuring beautiful gift baskets, art, jewelry, and services.
Click here for a map of the Council Chambers and Library.
One Peace is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood's WeHo Arts Program. For more information please visit www.weho.org/arts or follow via social media @WeHoArts. In addition, the Metropolitan Master Chorale is supported, in part, by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Dressed to Sing
05/19/2018 7:00 PM
Music and clothing styles have defined and shaped culture through the ages. Join us for a multi-media choral presentation celebrating six centuries of music and fashion that is bound to knock your socks and powered wig off!
The Metropolitan Master Chorale performs Dressed to Sing in the Music Building Recital Hall at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC).
The address is 5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glenn, CA 91401.
Parking is available onsite at the corner of Fulton Avenue and Oxnard Street.
The Metropolitan Master Chorale is supported, in part, by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the City of West Hollywood's WeHo Arts Program through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. Guest Artists
Jennifer Leitham is a career jazz musician and has been a professional musician for more than 40 years. She is known for playing for many famous dead people, among them Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Woody Herman, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson, and a horde of others you wouldn’t have heard of. She’s also played for some who are still alive, Doc Severinsen, and k.d. lang just to name two.
Her bass lines have graced many movies and TV shows, and recently she was the subject of an award winning documentary, I Stand Corrected.
She is a bassist, vocalist, composer, arranger, lyricist, and producer. She is an active educator and has taught at every level, from beginners to grad students to working professionals across the country. Jennifer is currently teaching private students globally in cyberspace via Skype.
She is most proud of her career as a recording artist. As of now she has played on more than 125 albums, with 10 albums of her own (including her huge hit The Real Me), and is currently working on another.
The Jennifer Leitham Trio is an active, working, creative force. Come on out and catch them sometime!
“Jennifer Leitham is an extremely compelling diva of the upright acoustic bass. She is one of the few practitioners of her instrument, of any gender, genre, or generation, who can completely command my attention with what is, essentially, an entire set of bass solos.” – Wall Street Journal, Will Friedwald
Randy Drake began playing drums at age twelve. After graduating from Goffstown High School in New Hampshire, Randy moved to Denton, Texas and studied music at the University of North Texas, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies. He has recently received a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from California State University, Long Beach.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1988, he began performing with Dan Siegel, Bill Watrous, John Novello, Pat Kelley, and Gregg Karukas. Between 1990 and 1992, he performed and recorded with artists including Birds of a Feather, the Mark Masters Jazz Orchestra, Uncle Festive, Ralph Carmichael, and many other Los Angeles artists. After touring Japan with Japanese guitarist Masayoshi Takanaka and the United States with Englebert Humperdinck, Randy performed, recorded, and toured with the jazz-pop artist Daniel Ho and Kilauea. Recently, he has been performing and recording with Daniel Ho, Jennifer Leitham, San Gabriel Seven, and Japanese guitarist Tak Matsumoto.
In 2004, Randy recorded for Kevin McCourt’s OneSong Words and Music Series. In 2005, he did a very successful tour of the US East coast with John Novello (Niacin). LA Times jazz critic, Don Heckman, recently wrote "Shelly Berg, working in emphatic unity with Chuck Berghofer and Randy Drake, affirms that jazz can (and should) touch the senses, the emotions, and the mind.”
Randy teaches private drum set students at California State University, Long Beach and is a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include music, gender, and identity—specifically the ability for music to open spaces for under-represented forms of embodiment and identity.
Tim Kobza's professional career as a guitarist is a diverse one. His titles include performer, composer, songwriter, producer, arranger, music director, and educator. Tim has travelled the world with a variety of artists and maintains a busy performing schedule as a sideman and band leader in Los Angeles. Tim has spent equal amounts of time on both sides of the studio glass as a session musician and as a producer.
He is faculty member of the USC Thornton School of Music in the Popular Music, Studio Guitar, and Jazz Studies departments where he coaches and directs popular music ensembles and teaches guitar in styles ranging from pop, rock, jazz, and blues to acoustic guitar for the singer/song writer. He also teaches production music for guitarists.
Tim received a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music degree in Studio Jazz Guitar Performance from USC.
He has recorded with the following labels: Verve, Sony, Capitol Records, Atlantic Records, and Dream Works. Tim has collaborated and performed with C.J. Emmons (singer, Dancing with the Stars), Elvis Schoenberg’s Orchestre Surreal, Deborah Gibson, Jon B., James Tormé, Jimmy Haslip, Laura Karpman, Bethany Cosentino, Coolio, Willie Chambers, Banyan, Leif Garrett, Rex Smith, Cody Simpson, Francis Yip, and Keller Williams among others. In addition, he co-founded the band Modereko.
Tim has performed several times with the Metropolitan Master Chorale.
Harry D. Arends
Harry D. Arends began his professional career at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, soon moving into television production. Harry has produced, written, directed, and edited hundreds of programs including “That’s Hollywood,” “Comic Relief,” and a series of network specials for Disney. He has co-produced anniversary specials for ABC, CBS, and HBO, and music videos for Billy Joel and Rick Springfield. He produced the award-winning documentary specials “Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom,” “Remembering Marilyn,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Making of a Masterpiece,” and the acclaimed home video series, “Walt Disney’s Sing Along Songs.” He has received Emmy nominations for his work on “The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic,” “Bob Hope: The First 90 Years” and “Red Hot and Blue.”
For the Dressed to Sing concert, Harry produced films to accompany seven of the Chorale's songs. Featured Chorale Members
Connor Smith is a composer, arranger, performer, and in-demand studio vocalist active in the greater Los Angeles area. Regularly seen in live shows at the Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, Connor's performance credits are varied and extensive. As a touring artist and vocal director, he has performed in 43 mainland states, and in China, winning the Hope International Music Festival in Beijing in 2016. Additionally, Connor's arrangements for vocal and instrumental groups, both published and commissioned, are performed worldwide by groups of all sizes and calibers. He holds a master's degree in Conducting as well as a bachelor's degree in Composition from California Baptist University. He is honored to be performing with the Metropolitan Master Chorale, and he hopes you enjoy this evening of excellent and eclectic music!
Connor is featured in the song "Hodja" in the Dressed to Sing concert.
Adrien Roberts is delighted to sing once again with the Metropolitan Master Chorale. Adrien sings regularly with Opera Santa Barbara and The Pacific Master Chorale. She performed as the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Santa Barbara DANCEWorks as part of the Adam Barruch Residency Program. Adrien’s operatic roles include: Cio Cio San in Madame Butterfly, Mimi in La Boheme, Yvette in La Rondine, Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica, Rooster in The Cunning Little Vixen, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Marguerite in Faust, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Frasquita in Carmen, and Violetta in La traviata. She received her master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and her bachelor’s degree from Chapman University Conservatory of Music. More information about Adrien may be found at adrienroberts.com.
Adrien sings the role of Carmen in "Habanera" in the Dressed to Sing concert.
Rob Weddle hails from the Appalachian foothills of western Maryland, where he grew up listening to country-western, bluegrass, Methodist hymns, R&B, and classic and modern rock radio hits. After moving to Florida, Rob formed the band, Holidaysburg. The group toured regularly in the southeastern US and released an album. Rob appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to participate in her first (and only) Karaoke Challenge. He was one of the final three, receiving glowing praise from Gladys Knight, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diane Warren, and songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson. Shortly after Oprah, Rob traded the humid Florida swamplands for the bright lights of Los Angeles. He is the bandleader and singer for The Flat Earth Society, a folk/bluegrass tribute to Southern California punk rock stalwarts, Bad Religion. He continues to write and arrange original music and performs a solo acoustic act in the Los Angeles area. Rob is in his first season with Metropolitan Master Chorale.
Rob is featured in "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the Dressed to Sing concert.
Maria Elena Altany
Upon her LA Opera debut as Susana in ¡Figaro!(90210), Opera News called Maria Elena Altany "delightfully smart and quicksilver." She is a Company Member of the groundbreaking opera company The Industry, led by MacArthur Fellow Yuval Sharon. With The Industry, she has performed featured roles in Anne LeBaron's Crescent City, Chris Cerrone's Invisible Cities, an adaptation of Brecht’s Galileo, and Hopscotch: An Opera for 24 Cars, for which she was featured in The New Yorker. Recent appearances include Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos with Pacific Opera Project, a tribute to Yma Sumac in the Radical Women series at the Hammer Museum, and soloist in the premiere of Rand Steiger's NIMBUS for the LA Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series. Upcoming performances include Monarca in the new Aztec opera El Circo Anahuac, and soloist in John Cage’s Europera’s 1 and 2, in collaboration with The Industry and the LA Philharmonic.
Maria Elena sings "Glitter and Be Gay" from Candide in the Dressed to Sing concert.
James has been singing since he was a kid. At Missouri Valley College he studied musical theatre and set design. James has sung in bands and church groups throughout Los Angeles. He currently plays guitar and sings at Summit Church. For 20 years, James has been a studio and live background singer. He recently completed an EP for a country artist, writing and singing all of the background vocals and playing acoustic guitar. James loves to produce and compose music in a variety of styles for a wide range of projects. He says that, “Sitting down to a documentary or an advertising campaign and coming up with music content is so much fun!” James has sung with the Metropolitan Master Chorale for eight years and finds that it is a privilege and a challenge to perform with so many talented community and professional singers. He would encourage any singers who want to grow in their craft to be a part of the MMC.
James performs "Beautiful Girls" from Follies in the Dressed to Sing concert.
Originally from La Mirada, lyric baritone Bennett Billard has been singing since the age of 12. Starting as part of the Buena Park Youth Theatre, he would go on to begin opera studies during his sophomore year at Fullerton Union High School's Academy of the Arts. After earning his bachelor’s degree from CSU Long Beach and his master’s degree from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Bennett has been back singing in Los Angeles and Orange County since 2015. Most frequently he opens for Apollinaire, a six-piece acoustic combo that specializes in playing Brecht & Weil compositions with a tango twist. This is Bennett’s first year with the MMC. Prior to that, he was part of the Chorale Bel Canto in Whittier.
Bennett is featured in "Votre Toast" from Carmen in the Dressed to Sing Concert.