Actors and singers will share the stage for an evening of Shakespeare in spoken word and choral song at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater, at Barnsdall Arts Park, on April 6 and 7, at 7 pm.

Hear the world premiere of a new set of Shakespeare songs by renowned choral composer Richard Burchard, including How LIke a Winter Hath My Absence Been, No Longer Mourn for Me, and If Music Be the Food of Love. The program will also feature choral works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Matthew Harris, and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi.

The LA Choral Lab was formed in early 2014 by a group of musicians who know the magic that happens when voices sing in harmony, and who had a desire to share this magic with others. The ensemble, an SATB chamber choir consisting of 24 singers, performs two major season concerts per year.

Part of the L.A. Choral Lab’s mission is to perform new choral music. “Good new choral music,” underlines L.A. Choral Lab founder and artistic director Michael Alfera. “There is a perception that modern classical music is irrelevant, full of too much intellectualism and not enough heart. This perception must go. The choral music world is alive with brilliant composers writing beautiful works, and part of our mission is to give those works a voice.” The L.A. Choral Lab’s central mission is to perform and promote new choral music, and their concert programs reflect this: the vast majority of music you’ll hear at an L.A. Choral Lab concert was written in the past thirty years.

Tickets for this concert range $25 to $33, available here.