Peaster is a town in Texas. Eastover is a small city in North Carolina. (There’s also one in South Carolina.) But both are also terms for the combined holidays that take place in the next ten days — Easter is just nine days away, and Passover starts on Monday night. Whether you’re studying Paula Deen for ham recipes or mashing horseradish for your gefilte fish, don’t forget to make time for music this week — we’ve picked out a few special suggestions out of the many great programs on the calendar. Pick a few — click the images for more info:
Pasadena Master Chorale honors the memory of Russian music champion Alex Ruggieri, a beloved and respected conductor across the Southland for many years. Performing Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, one of Ruggieri’s signature works, with his longtime companion Jamie Martin (also one of our Charter Members) singing the alto solos.
Saturday, March 23, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 24, 4pm
Altadena Community Church
Long Beach Opera premieres the first opera by a female Mexican composer to be produced in the US: Gabriela Ortiz’s Camelia la Tejana: Only the Truth tells a story of smuggling and survival, straight from the headlines. The show features several of our Listers in the cast and chorus. Just two performances!
Sunday, March 24, 2pm
Saturday, March 30, 8pm
Terrace Theater, Long Beach
What could be better than the Pirate King to usher in the throes of spring? Opera a la Carte brings their celebrated production of Pirates of Penzance to Pasadena on Wednesday, and tickets are selling fast!
Wednesday, March 27, 7:30pm
Porticoes Theater, Pasadena