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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

This week’s events show a spectacular array of colors, light, ingenuity… even invisibility:

THE INDUSTRY takes on LA’s historic Union Station, creating “an invisible opera for wireless headphones“, and it’s been building a steady buzz among local singers for months.  Based on the novel by Italo Calvino, composer/librettist CHRISTOPHER CERRONE spins tales of far-off lands, told by intrepid explorer Marco Polo (ASHLEY FAATOALIA), to a fascinated Kublai Khan (CEDRIC BERRY).  The show runs Sat 10/19 through Fri 11/8, and shows are quite likely to sell out – get info and tickets asap by clicking here.

Although it was the title to one of his most famous works, Handel doesn’t have a monopoly on “water music“, as evidenced by this weekend’s program from early music ensemble, JOUYSSANCE.  Works by Palestrina and Monteverdi are just part of the H20-inspired pieces to be presented, in a concert that sounds both soothing and fun.  Get details by clicking here.

Few people in the 20th century (or perhaps ever) were as fearlessly creative as visionary composer FRANK ZAPPA, and one of his completely unique works is coming under the LA PHIL’s Green Umbrella on Monday, for a spectacular world premiere.  Whether or not you can attend, read about it and take a look at the fascinating collection of musicians and actors assembled for this “once-in-a-lifetime concert event”.  Read more by clicking here.

One event is equally unusual, but for very different reasons (and with a different mission).  ‘Out of Darkness into Light‘ is much more than a homeless benefit: based on the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, this interfaith endeavor is presented and supported by multiple communities and several active organizations who work for tolerance and social justice in the area.    The concert will be led by master of ceremonies THE REV DR. GWYNNE GUIBORD and artistic director YUVAL RON, with music by a host of performers from all over Los Angeles.  They come together at St. John’s Cathedral (Episcopal), near USC — allow extra time for parking (arrive no later than 7:30, earlier is better), but there are plenty of options.  For info, click here.

With the season in full swing, there is, seriously, no way we can cover everything here.  Check out the calendar for details on more opera, concerts and special events than you can shake a stick at.  Whatever you do, don’t stay home — thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh


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*This post echoed from Lauri’s 10/17/13 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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