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SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS
Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights
Life should be lived with grand passion, even if it’s performed on a small stage.
And to further that goal, this is a prime week for bringing more opera into your life! Whether you’re most intrigued by sneak peeks, premieres, revivals or concert adaptations, you can take your pick:
PACIFIC SYMPHONY brings Carmen to Orange County, with MILENA KITIC in the title role. This semi-staged concert production at Segerstrom Hall features ANDREW RICHARDS as Don José and ELIZABETH CABALLERO as Micaëla, as well as collaboration with PACIFIC CHORALE and SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHILDREN’S CHORUS. Three performances, with the first one tonight (Thursday). Be sure to come early, so you can catch ALAN CHAPMAN’s pre-perf talk at 7pm. Learn more and get your tickets
See what’s new in cutting-edge opera with the return of THE INDUSTRY and WILDUP’s ‘First Take’ extravaganza on Saturday afternoon, this year at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. This is a FREE performance of six works-in-progress by JASON THORPE BUCHANAN, NOMI EPSTEIN, JENNY OLIVIA JOHNSON, ANNE LEBARON, ANDREW MACINTOSH and PAUL PINTO. See all six or just a few — seating is first come, first served, and doors open at 12:30pm. See the afternoon’s schedule and more details by clicking here.
CENTER STAGE OPERA delves into musical theatre territory with Sondheim’s Into the Woods, with just two performances on Saturday and Sunday. Click here
Verdi’s Don Carlo gets intimate treatment from LOS ANGELES METROPOLITAN OPERA, with two performances near downtown L.A. this weekend and two in Santa Monica the next. For details, click here.
It’s not all about opera, of course, as beautiful song-focused programs from CHORAL ARTS INITIATIVE and PASADENA SCHUBERTIADE can attest. Find information about these and more on the calendar.
REMINDER for the vocal community —
The memorial tribute for beloved and deeply talented tenor MALLORY WALKER takes place this weekend. Mallory was a friend, a Lister and known and respected across the country, but particularly here in his native Southern California. He passed away in December, after a rich life full of great music. The service is Saturday at 2pm, at Occidental College. Space is limited, so get details and RSVP by clicking here. Read our tribute here.
Thru 2/22 — The Two Figaros at UCLA
Thru 3/1 — Ghosts of Versailles, LA OPERA
Thru 4/25 — Figaro Unbound (Various events), LA OPERA
3/1 — **The next “schmooze” is here!** Join the Listers for some casual hanging out on the Westside. (Non-members are quite welcome.) This networking event for the vocal community starts at 6:30pm, at Sunnin Lebanese Cafe, just north of Santa Monica & Westwood. Details are on the calendar and on Facebook. RSVP here (and please do, so we can plan)
3/7-8 — Dead Man Walking at The Broad
Later in March — CECILIA BARTOLI’s West Coast tour brings her Grammy-winning Sacrificium album to the recital stage. The mezzo sensation has two performances scheduled at The Broad (Mar 21 & 26) in Santa Monica, and one for the Philharmonic Society of Orange County (Mar 23). Tickets are pricey, but will sell quickly. Check org websites for availability.
Remember to think big (and think often, please). And of course, thank you for supporting live singing!
Lauri D. Goldenhersh
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*This post echoed from Lauri’s 2/19/15 column in the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter. The original is a text-based email newsletter, and images, links and details may differ here.