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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

2013-10-09_CCMN_hdrGet your concertgoing shoes on.  You’re gonna be busy, and it all starts on Friday night.

The season opener at St. Matthew’s in Pacific Palisades features tenor JONATHAN MACK and the ST. MATTHEW’S CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, celebrating Britten’s 100th with ‘Nocturne‘, a difficult and compelling work of great tenderness and great torment that uses texts by great British writers (Keats, Shakespeare, Shelley, Tennyson, and more) to explore the composer’s own struggle as an artist in the modern world.  (Read more about this fascinating work on the Singerpreneur blog tomorrow.)  The concert also features Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian Symphony‘ as well as ‘Four Water Scenes for Clarinet and Orchestra’ by Dwayne S. Milburn, for a nicely balance program that has something for everyone.  To learn more and get tickets, click here.

On the larger-scale end of the spectrum, LA OPERA opens its long-awaited presentation of ‘Einstein on the Beach‘, the momentous operatic production from ROBERT WILSON, PHILIP GLASS, and choreographer LUCINDA CHILDS. It’s a big to-do with just three performances and a special event at CAP UCLA on Saturday afternoon.  But even if you can’t go, watch Twitter tomorrow night for #EOTB2013, as the other Tweet Seaters and I will be at the dress rehearsal, providing a virtual sneak peek.  For more information about this fascinating project, including ticket info, click here.

And that’s just Friday.  Through the weekend, look for more performances of ‘Un ballo in maschera‘ from VINEYARD TOURING OPERA; two of Britten’s most beloved choral works from PASADENA MASTER CHORALE; ‘The Carmen Project‘ in San Luis Obispo; Bach’s charming ‘Coffee Cantata‘ from CAMERATA OF LOS ANGELES, and Met baritone superstar BRYN TERFEL at The Broad Stage.  Be sure to take a good look at the calendar to get the big picture.

Sunday night, the jewel-box Church of the Angels hosts a concert led by USC doctoral candidate BIANCA HALL in a concert of works by Monteverdi and Schütz, executed by an exceptional group of performers, including sopranos CLAIRE FEDORUK and BIANCA HALL (yup, she’s at least a double threat), countertenor ERICK RARICK, tenor WILLIAM ROWLEY, baritone JOEL NESVADBA, bass MICHAEL GEIGER, organist ARTHUR OMURA, and lutenist JASON YOSHIDA. This unusual program is free, and a singular opportunity. For more information, click here.

Albert Herring‘ from REPERTORY OPERA COMPANY and ‘Invisible Cities‘ from THE INDUSTRY, both opening 10/19, and OPERA A LA CARTE’S ‘Victorian Halloween‘ on the 20th, plus much more.  Stay tuned… and thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh 


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*This post echoed from Lauri’s 10/9/13 column in the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter. The original is a text-based email newsletter, and images, links and details may differ here.

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