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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VOCAL EVENTS
Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights
Things are especially quiet this weekend, leaving more time to catch these:
If you missed the opening of Billy Budd at LA OPERA, there’s still time to catch it, and plenty of motivation, as the buzz is considerable about this musically and visually stunning production. (Yes, the stage is full of shirtless men who sound great. But I’m referring to the set. Really!) Check out our recent blog preview, with plenty of pictures!
There is also an unusual concert that deserves some special attention, as the CRENSHAW ELITE CHOIR performs at St. John’s ProCathedral this weekend, as a benefit for young musicians at Crenshaw High School. This award-winning group embodies the spirit of what music education should be, and the event promises to be one seriously rocking choral event. No admission will be charged, but reservations are required. Click for details and instructions
PLANNING AHEAD: A new production of Carmen from PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT is already sold out, so find a friend with an extra ticket. After their recent triumph with Britten’s Turn of the Screw, this group will continue to attract more and more attention, so grab your tickets now for May’s La Calisto, a show you may only have one chance to see in a lifetime.
So, why are there fewer vocal events this week? We’re not actually sure, as there doesn’t seem to be a huge dip in the instrumental concerts in the area. Perhaps singers are more likely to be watching the Oscars on Sunday night, but it’s probably just a fluke. Nevertheless, we’ll certainly be rooting for Twenty Feet From Stardom for Best Documentary. As always, thank you for supporting live singing!