Bach and the minimalists

Vocal focus from CCMN*

Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

The choices are many and wide-ranging this week, so let’s draw attention to just a few:

The birthday celebrations are in full swing, but of course, there’s always room for more Bach:  Another annual Bach fest is being hosted by Whittier College, celebrating “Bach and the Cantata” this year, and featuring performances by CHORALE BEL CANTO, the HORIZON CHAMBER CHOIR  and other special events.  Check out the whole festival on the college’s website

THE INDUSTRY does it again with a completely unique installation at the Hammer Museum in Westwood:  combining Terry Riley’s historic minimalist masterpiece In C with dance, choir and several of those ultra-tall wind dancing sculptures so favored by car dealers and farmer’s markets.  Featured are the INSPIRAVI CHAMBER CHOIR and choreography by DANIELLE AGAMI.  The exhibit runs 1pm to 5pm on April 5 and 12, with no fee or tickets needed for admission — just show up and browse this unforgettable aural/kinetic experience.  Learn more

If you haven’t yet heard about the ‘Minimalist Jukebox‘ series coordinated by the LA PHIL and curated by rock-star composer JOHN ADAMS, get a clue as quickly as possible, as festival is underway and attracting plenty of attention.  If you’re not sure about minimalism, this is also the perfect opportunity to find out what it’s really all about — the techniques go way beyond the label!  Check out the various happenings featuring and hosted by some of the finest ensembles around.  Get the big picture

Opera buffs:  SAN DIEGO OPERA’s presumed swan song starts Saturday, with Massenet’s Don Quixote and what may be their last production.  INDEPENDENT OPERA COMPANY presents Tales of Hoffman, REPERTORY OPERA COMPANY continues their run of Cosi fan tutte, and über-diva DEBORAH VOIGT concertizes in Palm Desert.

There’s plenty more, of course — see the calendar and take your pick.  Ever and always, thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh

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*This post echoed from Lauri’s 3/20/14 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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