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

This week is huge, with a packed calendar and performers scurrying all over Southern California to meet their commitments. 

In other words, it’s just the way we like it.  So don’t stay home:

First thing, plan NOW for the time change on Sunday morning — as of 2am Sunday, be sure to spring forward and change your clocks, so you can be on time, wherever you’re going.

What to do?  One of this week’s highlights is undoubtedly the twin world premieres at LA MASTER CHORALE’s Sunday evening concert:  Composer in residence SHAWN KIRCHNER’s Songs of Ascent for voice and strings is combined with NACKKUM PAIK’s Succession for triple choir, in a collaboration with the LOS ANGELES CHAMBER CHOIR. The combination is causing big buzz among the singers as rehearsals have mounted, and high anticipation for the rest of us.  The premieres are preceded by works for Whitacre and Brahms, for what sounds like a very well-rounded, satisfying evening.  Get tickets now

Or get a sneak preview with a little in-rehearsal video from LAMC:

Don’t miss:  PACIFIC CHORALE is grooving with ‘Let’s Dance’ on Saturday night; ANONYMOUS 4 collabs with BRUCE MOLSKY for their farewell tour;  and NOVA VOCAL ENSEMBLE’s ‘Words Alone Are Not Enough’ comes to Glendale on Sunday.

2015-03-06_POP_Abduction_clipLet your Vulcan side mind-meld with Mozart as PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT takes Abduction from the Seraglio into space.  (It’s amazing how much sense that makes.) With the very recent loss of Leonard Nimoy, POP’s timing is impeccable.  Learn more and get one of the last remaining tickets now.

Read about the production in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune

That’s just the beginning, as opera is everywhere we look this week:  catch more of Rossini’s Barber of Seville at LA OPERA; a special Saturday luncheon gala for CENTER STAGE OPERA; Noah’s Flood at the Cathedral; and a ‘Puccini Extravaganza’ in Pomona with REPERTORY OPERA COMPANY that features Il Tabarro, which is a gem worth traveling for.

Finally, Bay Area-based OPERA PARALLÈLE brings Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Dead Man Walking to the Broad, in two performances that include JENNIFER RIVERA as Sister Helen, MICHAEL MAYES as Joe de Rocher, and LA-connected tenor JOHN DUYKERS as Father Grenville. Click here for show info or visit the troupe’s website for  more about Opera Parallèle.


Thru 3/22Barber of Seville, LA OPERA

Thru 4/25 — ‘Figaro Unbound’, LA OPERA (& partner orgs)
Click here for the full schedule of events


Nope. No excuse for staying home. Get yourself out there, so we can thank you for supporting live singing!

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*This post echoed from Lauri’s 3/5/15 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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