Memorial weekend means summer, too

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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s
Weekly Highlights

What a week!

Memorial Day is steeped in duality:  designed to remember the nation’s fallen, it also serves as a sort of gateway to summer, bringing pool parties, plenty of libations and grilling galore.  It tends to be a quiet weekend for classical music, but this year, we can enjoy a number of special treats:

First, kudos to OLD TOWN MUSIC COMPANY and owner FRITZIE CULICK in Pasadena for thirty-five years of essential service to the music community.  They’re celebrating on Saturday 5/24 with refreshments, live music, an alley sale and “Instrument Petting Zoo”.  This SoCal institution is one of the last remaining brick-and-mortar stores across the country that stocks significant amounts of classical sheet music, and they offer much more, as well:  instrument rentals and sales, lessons, pop music, an exceptional selection of books about music, and a stellar accessories section, just to start.  They also hire real musicians to work in the store (I worked there myself, many years ago), so you can get questions answered, and special items found.  For more information about the store, to learn more about the anniversary event, or to order online, click here

For more family fun, catch THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN at Altadena’s Coffee Gallery Backstage.  This barbershop-style quartet is the result of years of collaboration and a boatload of talent, and their shows are full of fun.  Be sure to RSVP, as this cozy venue fills up pronto-quick.  Click for details

In Glendale, the CHAMBER OPERA PLAYERS OF LOS ANGELES (aka COPOLA) presents a double bill of rarely-performed  pieces:  ‘Sunday Excursion‘ by Alec Wilder, and ‘The Man on the Bearskin Rug‘ by Paul Ramsier.  Will two couples survive a jaunt into New York City, or will what happened stay there?  Can a bearskin rug change a room and a relationship?  Admission is free, and both pieces together are about an hour long.  Be there!  Click here

On Sunday 5/25, CANTORI DOMINO honors their own with a special concert featuring “music of sweet remembrance“.  The concert serves as a special memorial for MARY GERLITZ, longtime member and organizer for the ensemble, who passed away last fall, and has been greatly missed.  Learn more

CONTINUING:  You can still catch G&S’ ‘The Gondoliers‘ in Sierra Madre; either ‘Streetcar‘ or ‘Thais‘ at LA OPERA; or ‘Ere This Time‘ from MANSFIELD CHAMBER SINGERS.  See the calendar for more details.

Mark the holiday well, and raise a glass to those we’ve lost.  As always, thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh

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*This post echoed from Lauri’s 5/22/14 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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