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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

This week, the Southland offers operatic oddities and big congratulations:

TERRY KNOWLES will be feted at the annual gala for the LA MASTER CHORALE this weekend – the luxe event is Sunday night, 3/1, and we at the List offer our kudos for Knowles’ 15 years of hard work on behalf of the Chorale.  Details on this grand gathering are available here.

Elsewhere this weekend, Enrique Granados’ 1915 one-act opera, Goyescas, comes to us through INDEPENDENT OPERA COMPANY, with two performances on the Westside.  The opera is preceded in the program by love duets from the operatic repertoire… because everyone needs a good swoon once in a while.  Click here

Lewis Carroll comes to modern life as Alice in Wonderland comes to Disney Hall on Friday and Saturday, in a conglomeration of art forms making its West Coast premiere.  Presented by the LA PHIL, the grand production of Unsuk Chin and David Henry Hwang’s trip into operatic fantasy is a collaboration with LA OPERA (nice to see those two working together).  The event features members of the company’s chorus, the LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS and a bevy of soloists and the visionaries who put it all together, led by director/video artist NETIA JONES and conductor SUSANNA MALKKI.  Just two performances, and as of this writing, some tickets are still available — click here

Also on the calendar are concerts from BACH COLLEGIUM OF SAN DIEGO, performances by DAVID WILKINSON and LAURIE RUBIN (together and separately), and of course, more where those came from…

Finally, if you’re not otherwise occupied Sunday night (after LA Met’s ‘Don Carlo’, perhaps?), join me and various Listers for a little schmoozing at Sunnin Lebanese Cafe in Westwood – for details, click here.


Thru 3/1Ghosts of Versailles, LA OPERA
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Thru 4/25Figaro Unbound (Various events), LA OPERA (& partner orgs)


Coming up

Lent started Feb 18, and it always holds beautiful, contemplative concerts and programs designed to offer a deeply spiritual experience.  Keep an eye on the calendar, as we’ll post details of these events as they arrive. (If you’re hosting such a program and it involves singing, please do send us the info…)

The local sci-fi community has awaited PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT’s new production of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio with bated breath, as the Trekkified reimagining takes us where few operas have gone before.  (There was that Klingon opera a few years ago…)  Don’t worry — this one’s still Mozart, with a stellar cast, and will be sung in English.  The show runs 3/6-8, and be sure to get your tickets pronto – click here

March 6 & 7 brings LA OPERA and Noah’s Flood back the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in the immensely popular community production that includes full orchestra led by conductor JAMES CONLON, a horde of performers from the local community, a menagerie created for the production, and stars from among LAO’s regulars.  Tickets are free, with a small handling charge — there may be a few left, so quick-click here

That should keep y’all out of trouble.  Have a wild and wonderful week, and always, thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh


Correction:  This column originally and mistakenly included the LA Master Chorale in the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ project.  Although the Chorale and the LA Opera Chorus share the same director and many of their members, it is LAO who provided the chorus for the semi-staged opera at Disney Hall.  Kudos to both organizations on a big week, and sincere apologies for the error.

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*This post echoed from Lauri’s 2/26/15 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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