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Sensational SoCal

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights


A few reminders of why we’re so lucky to enjoy the SoCal music scene:

This Saturday, the first annual DAVID W. SCOTT COMPETITION FINALS take place in Canoga Park, presented by CENTER STAGE OPERA and featuring judges MILENA KITIC, ROD GILFRY and JOSHUA WINOGRADE.  With eleven finalists in three categories, it will be an evening of fine singing and a peek at the voices getting ready to spring themselves on the world.  To get your tickets so you can hear the future, too, click here.

The world premiere of ‘Collapse‘ comes to REDCAT on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from the unusual post-punk cabaret ensemble, TIMUR AND THE DIME MUSEUM.  The new piece is by composer DANIEL CORRAL, and described as “an operatic song cycle composed as a requiem mass” on environmental themes and with multimedia and bohemian elements… we couldn’t be more intrigued.  More info

On Sunday afternoon, the historic WAGNER ENSEMBLE offers a heartfelt tribute to soloist MARILYN SAVAGE with a program of Bach Handel and Mozart, based on biblical Psalms.  Savage passed away last year, and this is the group’s heartfelt celebration of her contributions and her memory.  Get more details


LA MASTER CHORALE joins LA PHIL to sing Ravel’s ‘Daphnis and Chloe‘, the classic romping tale of love.  The concert also features pianist JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET performing Beethoven’s grand and passionate ‘Emperor’ Concerto.  Starts Friday, 3/28. Click here

For one of the world’s favorite operas, come to Pomona for ‘Cosi fan tutte‘ with REPERTORY OPERA COMPANY.  Running March 29 to April 6 with four matinees, this lighthearted romp through age-old gender issues and some of Mozart’s best vocal ensembles.  Learn more and get tickets now

Last chances

Catch the über-Romantic ‘Romancing the Soul:  An intimate evening with Johannes Brahms‘ from the ANGELES CHORALE for one final performance on Sunday.  Or, grab tickets to LA OPERA’s truly glorious ‘Lucia di Lammermoor‘, which closes April 6.  Seriously — you need to hear the gorgeous Russian coloratura in the title role.  It’s a beautiful production, and tickets start at just $19.  Get over there.

As usual, we’re not done there. There’s even more on the calendar — check it out, have a great weekend, and thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh

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*This post echoed from Lauri’s 3/20/14 column in the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter. The original is a text-based email newsletter, and images, links and details may differ here.

Fall brings recitals, Bach, Rossini and Bryn

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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Southern California Vocal Events
  LAURI D. GOLDENHERSH’s Weekly Highlights

I love fall, even though it tends to be a little non-traditional here in Southern California.  We do have fall colors, although they don’t tend to hit until after the annual September heat wave, and then things kind of settle into a cozy routine — one which includes a lot of music.

This time of year, be on the lookout for student and faculty recitals that may either introduce you to new rep or bring nostalgic thoughts of songs gone by.  This Friday at noon, tenor CHARLES W. KAMM and pianist GAYLE BLANKENBURG kick off the varied and excellent Friday Noon Concert Series at Pomona College in Claremont.  The concerts are free, just about 30 minutes long, and the campus is a great place to enjoy the season.  Be sure to get on the Music at Pomona mailing list.  Get info on the concert by clicking:

In SoCal’s “Down Under”, BACH COLLEGIUM SAN DIEGO launches their eleventh season (the upstarts have grown up!) with music from Bach, Handel and Muffat.  They’ll be in La Jolla on Friday and Balboa Park on Saturday.  Sounds like a good excuse for a day trip.  Get the 411 by clicking:

CENTER STAGE OPERA is feeding bodies and souls again this weekend with a Dinner-and-Song event celebrating the 60s on Sunday night in Mission Hills — get your reservations asap, and learn more about CSO’s new, first annual DAVID W SCOTT MEMORIAL VOCAL COMPETITION by clicking:

Happy October!  Starting next Thursday, 10/3, ARTEMUSICA performs Rossini’s almost-rarely performed Stabat Mater — if you haven’t heard this gem, be sure to get to one of their three performances.  It’s a treat.

The tickets aren’t cheap, but if you want to see baritone BRYN TERFEL at The Broad on 10/18, get your tickets asap.  This consummate performer is one of our current living legends, and he doesn’t come to Los Angeles often.  Get information and tickets by clicking:

Find yourself some cider and get in the mood for a lovely fall.  Have a wonderful week, and thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh

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*This post echoed from Lauri’s 9/26/13 column in the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter. The original is a text-based email newsletter, and images, links and details may differ here.