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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

Decisions, decisions… the next few weeks are packed!

Making the rounds this weekend in their mini-tour as Beverly Hills Audition winners, the EUROPEAN CONCERT TRIO will be in Encinitas, Torrance and Beverly Hills on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. This unusual combo is comprised of soprano HARRIET FRASER, clarinettist AMANDA WALKER and pianist IRINA BAZIK, with equally unique programming and an unforgettable sound. (I’m biased, as Harriet and Amanda blew us away at unSUNg last summer.) Get your own taste at one of these affordable events, and start by clicking here.

Saturday afternoon, 2/20, marks the start of a project of almost overwhelming reality, with LONG BEACH OPERA celebrating ‘Hope and Healing’ at the VA hospital in Long Beach and continuing their lead-up to the world premiere opera, ‘Fallujah’ in March. Read more about this unusual and affecting new work on the Singerpreneur blog.

Two orchestras take the opera challenge this week, as Turandot comes to Orange County thanks to PACIFIC SYMPHONY, and Debussy’s only finished opera, Pelléas et Mélisande, presented by the LA PHIL. The Debussy is performed fairly rarely, for musical, dramatic and logistical reasons, but is an experience you won’t forget.

Also stagebound are OPERA UCLA’s run of Cosi fan tutte and a special Broadway-themed program from CENTER STAGE OPERA. Mozart’s Magic Flute continues in animated splendor at LA OPERA through 3/6, and Puccini’s Tosca is getting raves at SAN DIEGO OPERA, which continues through Sunday. Our Flute-drenched February brings a third overlapping production at Pepperdine, starting Thursday 2/25. (But of course they’re all very different – this could be fun!)

Also continuing

Thru 3/6 — Peter Mark’s masterclasses, including a special event on the final day.

Coming up

Several gaggles of choral directors are coming to Pasadena this week, as the Western Division of the nation’s largest choral associations, ACDA, descends on the convention center and First United Methodist Church Feb 24-27. With the theme “How Can I Keep From Singing”, the festivities will include many concerts and workshops, available to registered ACDA members.

Starting 2/26 — A highly-anticipated Merry Widow from PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT

One performance, 2/28, and a master class on 2/29 — Renee Fleming comes to UC Santa Barbara for a special weekend residency.

Still not enough? You know where to look: the calendar has plenty more. Be well, sing mightily, 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, serving nearly seven thousand music fans all over Southern California. The original is a text-based email newsletter, so images, links and details may differ in this enhanced version.

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