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SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS
Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights
Choral liquidity, a battle for social justice, and a career made new. The week ahead has some unusual surprises on the vocal front:
The LA PHIL welcomes soprano NATALIE DESSAY to Disney Hall for an evening a la française, as the tiny international diva sings excerpts from Handel’s Giulio Cesare with countertenor CHRISTOPHER DUMAUX. The duo is paired with the timeliness of the Spring and Summer movements of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, featuring violinist STEPHANIE-MARIE DEGAND, and all led by conductor EMMANUELLE HAIM. Dessay announced her departure from the opera stage in late 2013, and is now focused on concert and recital performances around the world, to great acclaim. The program gets three performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday — click here.
OPERAWORKS debuts a new show and a new program with The Discord Altar in North Hollywood, partnering with Ovation-winning FUGITIVE KIND THEATER to create a unique stage work to fight homelessness. The opera is the first in OW’s Arts for Social Awareness Project (ASAP) series, combining art and the energy of dedicated performers and creators to make a difference in the world around us. This show runs April 10 to May 3, with three performances each weekend. Learn more about ASAP and The Discord Altar by clicking here.
Reprising one of the most unique works in the choral repertoire, TAN DUN’s Water Passion gets two performances at Disney Hall this weekend from the LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE. The unforgettable presentation is based on St. Matthew’s telling of the Passion, but is titled quite literally, for ten large bowls of H20 which are dramatically lit and interspersed among the performers, who splash, trickle and sing into the liquid to create visual and sound effects that change with every performance. LAMC premiered this work in 2005, just a few years after the Chinese composer became a household name with his Oscar-winning score to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and it still reigns as one of their most memorable concerts, even ten years later. We’ll report on this fascinating work on the Singerpreneur blog next week, but do catch it if you can: it’s a concert best experienced live. (But aren’t they all?) More information
Also on the calendar are Stories From the Stage, an operatic concert in the OC from SOUTH COAST SYMPHONY; Opera in the Park in the Coachella Valley; Bach’s Magnificat from LONG BEACH CAMERATA SINGERS; and much more.
Thru 4/12 (last chance!) — Marriage of Figaro, LA OPERA
Thru 4/25 — Figaro Unbound (Various events), LA OPERA (& partner orgs) Click here for full schedule.
Happy exploration, and thank you for supporting live singing!
Lauri D. Goldenhersh
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*This post echoed from Lauri’s 4/9/15 column in the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter. The original is a text-based email newsletter, and images, links and details may differ here.