Voices of summer

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Southern CA Vocal Events

Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights
The heat is on.  Here are just a few things which offer some musical reprieve over the next two weeks:

Of course, unSUNg starts this weekend:  the summer concert series from Lauri’s List (yes, I’m that Lauri) starts this Sunday.  Our first concert includes a premiere by composer LORI LAITMAN, sung by NATALIE MANN and played by pianist VICTORIA KIRSCH; songs in the Aztec language of Nahuatl, by URSULA MARIA KLEINECKE-BOYER and VERNON SNYDER; modern Japanese love songs performed by tenor DAVID WILSON and pianist IZUMI KASHIWAGI; songs by ROBERT PARKER, performed by RED CAR TROLLEY; and a new cycle for guitar, voice, toy piano and percussion from composer PETER YATES, who is half of of GUITARIA, with mezzo ALEXANDRA GRABARCHUK. It’s a very diverse concert full of musical adventure — be sure to stay for the reception so you can meet the artists and the local vocal community.  For info and tickets, click www.laurislist.com/unsung

Peter Rutenberg

With three performances this weekend, LA CHAMBER SINGERS and CAPPELLA explores ‘Liquid Architecture’ and the music of Renaissance masters including Padilla, Lassus, Palestrina, Tallis and more.  Two concerts occur in Santa Monica (Sat 6/27) and downtown LA (Mon 6/29), presented by the group.  A third is at LACMA, part of their Sundays Live series.  These concerts both celebrate the Grammy-winning ensemble’s 25th anniversary and many years of spectacular music-making, but also bid adieu to LACS as a regular SoCal fixture, as these will be their last regularly scheduled concerts for the foreseeable future.  Three cheers to intrepid music director PETER RUTENBERG and this exemplary music-making achievement.  Disclosure is pertinent, as I’m a proud alum of the group.  Nevertheless, I dare you to attend one of these extraordinary concerts, which feature thirteen of the best singers in town. Grab your chance to be part of the LACS legacy.

VOX FEMINA pedals into new territory with an unusual fundraising event: ‘Song Cycle’, the groups first cycling event, takes place Saturday 6/27, with a pre- and post-ride festival, prizes, munchies, wellness workshops, family activities and more.  Live music will be provided by the CULVER CITY HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLE, and participants will bike, walk or run along the Ballona Creek Path in Culver City, all to support future seasons of Vox.  Learn more, register or sponsor a rider

Also singing in SoCal this weekend are

  • the grand finale for SONGFEST (Sunday), featuring international opera star and HuffPost blogger SUZANNE MENTZER;
  • on the Westside, Haydn’s ‘Mass in the Time of War’ is presented by Music at Westwood, featuring a gorgeous lineup of soloists;
  • and the wrap-up of the Baroque Music Festival in Corona del Mar.


Thru 6/27 — Barber of Seville, REPERTORY OPERA COMPANY

Thru 6/28 — SONGFEST: Free concerts and low-fee masterclasses at The Colburn School

Thru 8/8 — Music Academy of the West, including masterclasses and performances that are the hottest summer tickets in Santa Barbara

Coming up

Starting 7/7 — SOUTHWEST CHAMBER MUSIC and REDCAT: LA International New Music Festival
Though the landscape will be quieter over the next couple of months, there’s a wealth of events now.  Happy listening. Have a great week, and as always, thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh

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*This post echoed from the weekly vocal events column in the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter. The original is a text-based email newsletter, so images, links and details may differ in this enhanced version.


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