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Huge weekend ahead…
…the week before Halloween is always a monster! One thing’s for sure: thou shalt not stay home.
The season for DE ANGELIS VOCAL ENSEMBLE kicks off on Saturday afternoon, and examines a musical circle of life with ‘Genesis, Renaissance and Reincarnation’, outlining the life of notated music with works from long ago and much more recent. Performed at the beautiful basilica in San Juan Capistrano (pictured), the group pairs settings of ancient texts by early and modern composers, e.g. Tallis and Esenvalds, or Byrd and Matsushita. This kind of thoughtful programming is par for the course for director MATTHEW GRAY and his skilled and devoted ensemble. If you haven’t heard them yet, this would be an excellent introduction to their high-quality performance and stylistic range. Event details
Saturday and Sunday, OPERAWORKS serves up an ‘Autumn Salon’ in two locations, including a silent auction to support the org’s various programs. Pay particular attention to the Arts for Social Awareness Project (ASAP), which debuted in the spring, and works to use art and performance to impact real-world issues. Get details on both of this weekend’s benefit events
The SAN GABRIEL VALLEY CHORAL COMPANY sets the scene for late-October doings with ‘Night, Sleep, Death and the Stars’, featuring ‘Jabberwocky’, the whiffling monster from Lewis Carroll’s fertile imagination; the scariest Lied in the genre, which is undoubtedly Schubert’s ‘Erlkönig’; and the eeriely serene titular work by Daniel Gawthrop, which borrows from Walt Whitman. This “supernatural evening of song” takes place Saturday night at St. Luke’s, Monrovia. (What could be better than gorgeous pre-Halloween music in a classic stone church?) Tickets are available online or at the door. Click for details
Marking an active tradition already half a century long, LONG BEACH CAMERATA SINGERS launches their 50th Anniversary Season on Sunday 10/25, with Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, as well as O’Regan’s ‘Triptych’ and a world premiere from local composer JENNI BRANDON. Learn more
Speaking of which, Sunday seems to be a special day for Ludwig’s Choral Fantasy: if Long Beach is too much of a jaunt, it’s also the centerpiece of SOUTHEAST SYMPHONY’s concert at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, paired with an orchestral gem by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and organist CHRISTOPH BULL at the keyboard for Saint-Saëns’ third symphony. Click here
Next week includes a rather impressive line-up of options on Halloween weekend, which is not usually so full. LA OPERA presents live-accompanied screenings of the classic 1931 film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula with PHILIP GLASS and the KRONOS QUARTET providing the soundtrack. (It’s instrumental, but I couldn’t resist.)
Jake Heggie’s opera adaptation of the monumental classic Moby-Dick finally comes to Los Angeles, and LA OPERA starts the run on Saturday 10/31. Check their website for ticket info, and watch Twitter on Thursday 10/29 for tweets from the dress!
And of course, THE INDUSTRY’s Hopscotch starts its regular run on Halloween morning — get tickets if you can, and don’t forget the weekly lottery for discounted $25 tix. Read more about this unique ‘asphalt opera’ and maverick work of performance art, the route schedule, ticket and lottery info, and see the many creative teaser videos by clicking here
Also, don’t miss our recent feature interview with Industry director YUVAL RON!
Have a wonderful week, and thank you for supporting live singing!
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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.