Music around the holidays


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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s
Weekly Highlights

Yes, the Lister calendar for Saturday is (nearly) empty.

For those of you not partaking of the Jewish High Holy Days, you may not know that October 4 is Yom Kippur this year, an all-day atonement tradition that keeps an enormous number of musicians busy, all over the country.   But with great vocals in Friday, Sunday and into the week, there’s no dearth of choices, in or out of shule.

Friday, NEW YORK POLYPHONY comes to La Jolla; and Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado’ brings Victorian fun to Thousand Oaks, courtesy of the VENTURA COUNTY GILBERT & SULLIVAN REPERTORY COMPANY. (That’s almost a mouthful for a Modern Major-General!  Oops, wrong show.)  VCGSRC’s show runs through October 19 — Check the calendar for details on either.

Sunday, English music goes even earlier as THE WESSEX CONSORT sings ‘God Save the Queen!’ with a selection of Elizabethan loveliness in Whittier.  This is a free concert, and sure to please. Learn more

Congratulations to SALASTINA MUSIC SOCIETY on five years of great chamber music!  (Can it really have been that long?) They start their fifth season with five young compositional voices from the L.A. area, including a work for voice and piano quintet by PHILIP WHITE.  Also on the program are instrumental works by ANDREW NORMAN, ADAM SCHOENBERG, CHRISTOPHER TIN and JEREMY CAVATERRA.  Get details

Up in Santa Barbara at Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, tenor BENJAMIN BRECHER and pianist ROBERT KOENIG unearth very early songs by Franz Liszt, thanks to extensive research by musicologist DR. MICHAEL VITALINO.  Hear songs by the composer/pianist superstar that were not available for a century and a half, and get a sneak preview of the CD release in the works.  Proceeds go to UCSB’s Bel Canto Fund.  Read more

As part of the Pasadena AXS Festival, PASADENA PRO MUSICA nails the fest’s theme with ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’, with childhood songs by John Rutter; Irving Fine’s Alice in Wonderland; Leonardo’s dreams, ala Eric Whitacre; and Frank Ticheli’s Constellations  Click here

There’s plenty more to choose from, including hymns, orchestra, THE SWINGLE SINGERS and a jazz vespers with MOOD MEDIEVAL PROJECT.  Tuesday and Wednesday, two schools present two special concerts, with MIRROR VISIONS ENSEMBLE at Cal State Fullerton and ROD GILFRY and ALAN SMITH recitalizing at USC.  (Of course, you could go to both…)  Check out the calendar to lay your plans.


Our Singerpreneur blog houses reviews from community members and our team contributors, and last week we sent Cynthia Leigh to Temecula to check out our review coordinator, NATALIE MANN, soprano, in concert with pianist ED YARNELLE at the Merc.

Read more:   ‘Songs in Temecula: Natalie Mann and Ed Yarnell at the Merc’ (Cynthia Leigh)

Have a wonderful week, and thank you for supporting live singing!


Lauri D. Goldenhersh


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*This post echoed from Lauri’s 10/2/14 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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