Los Angeles Master Chorale Receives $1M Gift

The gift from Kiki and David Gindler launches the Chorale's "Music Director's Circle" for donors of $50,000 or more

The Los Angeles Master Chorale has received a $1 million gift from Los Angeles attorneys Kiki and David Gindler.

David Johnston for LA Master ChoraleIn recognition of the donation, the Chorale is naming the music directorship The Kiki & David Gindler Music Director. Their donation also launches the Chorale's "Music Director's Circle" for donors of $50,000 or more.

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"The Los Angeles Master Chorale is a world class ensemble… and it deserves every opportunity to continue to grow and flourish," the Gindlers, pictured left, said in a statement Monday.

David Gindler is a senior partner at Irell & Manella, specializing in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on patent, trade secret and intellectual property disputes. He also serves on the boards of the Music Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Antaeus theater company.

Kiki Gindler practiced corporate law with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where she specialized in acquisitions, joint ventures, finance and intellectual property, and has held legal and business affairs positions at Columbia Pictures and Rysher Entertainment. She now devotes her time to writing, civic affairs and support of the performing arts. She serves on the board of the Women's Refugee Commission, Center Theatre Group and the Ojai Music Festival.

"During the relatively short time they've been involved with the Chorale, they have expressed in many ways their passion for this music, but this gift, along with David's key leadership role as Chairman of the Board of Directors, signals a new era for the organization," LAMC President and CEO Terry Knowles said in a statement.

The Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Music Director Grant Gershon, will mark its 50th anniversary season in 2013-14.