CCMN: L’amour, ghosts and a thousand years

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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

As most teenage girls will tell you, there’s nothing more wonderful than falling in love.  The world of Broadway strives every day to harness that wave of beautiful chaos, and this Friday, soprano ARIEL PISTURINO and tenor JAY JOHNSON serve up a program called “Falling in Love is Wonderful“, a cabaret performance of theatrical love duets to both entertain and raise money for the rapidly growing Sacred Arts Ministry program at St. Mark’s, Glendale.  Kiddos are welcome, and childcare is provided, as well as a little nosh and a cash bar, if you need a beverage.  Get details by clicking here.

If Halloween has you all spookified, don’t miss Gian Carlo Menotti’s ‘The Medium‘ in the Inland Empire, with mezzo ELIZABETH ACKERMAN playing the deliciously twisted role of Baba and KRISTEN SPECK as Monica.  REDLANDS OPERA THEATRE pairs this chamber gem with ‘Lord Help My Poor Soul: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe‘.  Plenty dark indeed, and playing Friday and Saturday.  Get details if you dare — click here.

Sunday, the exquisite sounds of the MILLENNIUM CONSORT SINGERS comes to Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music in Claremont.  This group includes some of the best voices in the area, led by conductor MARTIN NEARY and accompanied by organist EDWARD MURRAY.  The program is ‘Songs of Celebration‘, with a birthday homage for Britten as well as music by Finzi, James MacMilland and two world premieres: one by Pomona’s own Tom Flaherty and another from JAC Redford.  The Pomona College Choir, led by DONNA M DI GRAZIA, joins the pros for an additional work by Flaherty.  The concert is free, and full of great promise.  For details, click here.

CONTINUING:  Britten’s ‘Albert Herring‘ in Pomona, from REPERTORY OPERA COMPANY (I really enjoyed Saturday’s performance); the fascinating ‘Invisible Cities‘ at Union Station, an opera for wireless headphones concocted by THE INDUSTRY; and the ITALIAN OPERA FESTIVAL at Soka Performing Arts in Orange County.  Also, don’t miss DE ANGELIS VOCAL ENSEMBLE’s season opener; ‘Missa Gaia‘ from the PAUL WINTER CONSORT, and much more.

2013-10-30_Nose_gatheringNext Wednesday (10/30), join us in Alhambra for ‘The Nose‘ by Dmitri Shostakovich, in the encore screening from the acclaimed 2010 operatic production from THE METROPOLITAN OPERA.  (The first 10 people to sign up to attend as part of our Lister group get specially-created goodie bags!) For some satirical Erev Halloween fun, click here.

Of course, check out the calendar for many more choices.  As always, thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh


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*This post echoed from Lauri’s 10/23/13 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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