All the way to Easter

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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

Big week(s) ahead…

This column will reach a little further than usual, as I’ll be taking next week off for a little Easter break.  (Are you ready to dye eggs yet?)

Choral music is at the forefront this week, with Lenten selections like CANTORI DOMINO’s Passion According to St. John, one of J.S. Bach’s most magnificent creations.  Cantori will perform this musical wonder in Santa Monica on Sunday, with soloists and the full force of the CAL ARTS ORCHESTRA and RAY URWIN at the harpsichord, all under the baton of MAURITA PHILLIPS-THORNBURGH (“Bunny”), the ensemble’s intrepid artistic director.  It’s the perfect salve for the soul.  Learn more

INSPIRAVI Chamber Choir has firmly established themselves as a group to watch in a short period of time, due not in part to the clear vision of director SEBASTIEN VALLEE and innovative programs like “New Voices”, which the group performs twice this weekend — Friday and Saturday, in Pasadena and at the Doheny Mansion, respectively.  Works by a goodly list of “a New Generation of Composers” will serve up choral deliciousness, and ticket prices are modest.  Start making your plans

Mozart’s stately and beautiful Coronation Mass is the centerpiece for a benefit at Holy Family Church in Glendale on Saturday evening, led by DR. CHRISTIAN MARCOE and featuring PHILIP SMITH at the organ.  For more details, click here.

And of course, ANGELES CHORALE’s annual gala is in Pasadena on Sunday, featuring a special performance of Dvorak’s sumptuous Stabat Mater, and four soloists who are always fabulous:  soprano SHANA BLAKE HILL, mezzo ROSE BEATTIE, tenor ROBERT MACNEIL and bass/bari BEN LOWE.  The evening celebrates the ensemble’s 40th anniversary — congrats, Angeles folks!  For tickets and more information, click here.

Next week

Holy Week musical activities tend to be centered around Good Friday (4/3) afternoon services, Saturday night vigils (4/4) and Easter Sunday extravaganzas (4/5) that will keep many of SoCal’s musici busy, but do check the calendar for additional special concerts such as KARL JENKINS’ ‘Requiem’ at the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, with CHARLES DICKERSON leading the Chancel Choir and the INNER CITY YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF LOS ANGELES on Friday evening, 4/3.  We’ll keep adding events to the calendar as information comes in.  For the 411 on this special event, click here.


Thru 3/29 — Marilyn Forever, LONG BEACH OPERA


Thru 4/12 — Marriage of Figaro (with fireworks!), LA OPERA

Thru 4/25 — Figaro Unbound (Various events), LA OPERA (& partner orgs) Click here for full schedule.

Have a wonderful Easter, hunt (and sing) well, and thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh

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*This post echoed from Lauri’s 3/12/15 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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