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SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

If art and music are the mirrors that best show us ourselves, prepare for some serious self-examination.  Choral ensembles are looking back, looking forward and uncovering taboos this week:

For a time-honored masterpiece, there’s Mozart’s Requiem with the SANTA CLARITA MASTER CHORALE, with just one performance on Sunday.  Be sure to come early to learn more about the piece at the free pre-concert talk. More details

MOUNTAINSIDE MASTER CHORALE, led by SEBASTIEN VALLEE, performs ‘California Voices’ twice this weekend, bringing the music of local composers to Pomona.  View the gorgeous flyer and learn more by clicking here.

The LONG BEACH CAMERATA SINGERS celebrates tradition and nurtures the future simultaneously: the 41st Annual Long Beach Bach Festival is underway, and this Sunday includes an interactive, family-friendly ‘Kinder Konzert’ that will have the audience singing and conducting along.  Admission for this event is free, but reservations are recommended — click here.

This is just one in a string of unusual offerings, as LBCS uses their flair for the unexpected to create an unusual festival will stretch your sense of Bach and what the Baroque means for modern audiences.  Check out the full schedule.

Always the innovators, VOX FEMINA delves into the banned and the improper with ‘Forbidden Voices’ at Zipper Hall.  The program takes a hard look at censorship and thumbs their collective nose at the arbiters who have silenced the voices of artists, authors and poets for centuries.  Composer ERIC BANKS’ I Will Remember Everything will get just its second hearing, with settings of the love poems of Sophia Parnok, the first openly lesbian poet in Russia. The concert also features the MIRA COSTA ADVANCED WOMEN’S CHORALE, the exceptional high school choir led by MICHAEL HAYDEN that has been working in close partnership with Vox.  The main performance is Saturday night, but there’s also a scaled-down community concert in West Hollywood on Sunday.  For details and tickets on Saturday’s shindig, click here.

The eclectic sound of RED CAR TROLLEY brings ‘Sacred Folk’ to Long Beach on Sunday, as the quartet sings “Music of Heaven and Earth” at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church.  Get details

Finally, for an annual step into the sacred, come to Monrovia on Sunday afternoon for the Women’s Invitational Evensong at St. Luke’s Church, brought together each year by music director KENT JONES.  This is the invitational’s eighth year, drawing singers from all over the area to perform traditional and contemporary works in a pristine acoustical setting, as part of a music-oriented Episcopal service.  There’s a lovely reception afterward, too.  Participation in the choir for this year is now closed, but no tickets or reservations are required to attend — just show up.  (For the singing menfolk, there’s another invitational in the fall.  Stay tuned.)  Learn more about this inspirational event.


Thru 3/21Il Tabarro and more Puccini, REPERTORY OPERA COMPANY    Click here

Thru 3/22Barber of Seville, LA OPERA
which is part of…
Thru 4/25 — ‘Figaro Unbound’, LA OPERA (& partner orgs)
Click here for the full schedule of events


There are plenty more where those came from — see the calendar for more event listings, and be sure to share with a friend.  As always, thank you for supporting live singing!

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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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