Events not named Oscar

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Southern CA Vocal Events

Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

This is that time of the year when the most touted carpets are red, narrow, and bedecked with well-dressed superstars. This Sunday, of course, is Oscar Sunday, an international holiday that tends to steal an incredible amount of focus in SoCal. So as you can guess, this weekend’s calendar leans away from Hollywood’s biggest night. So let’s start with Friday:

One of the most highly respected concert series in the area, MUSIC AT ST. MATTHEW’S in Pacific Palisades, presents “Baroque and Beyond” on Friday 2/26, with music for choir, instruments and organ that spans five centuries. The evocative program entices imagination, is family-friendly (kids under 16 are free), with free parking and goodies at intermission.  More details

Friday also marks the opening of PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT’s The Merry Widow, bringing the world’s favorite operetta to the Old West in another of POP’s clever mashup productions. With a reworked book and lyrics by director JOSH SHAW and arrangements by STEPHEN KARR, there will be little of the same old thing. POP has grown an almost astounding reputation for selling out their shows, so go to their website right now and see if you can get a seat.  Click here

On Saturday, LONG BEACH OPERA hosts a special screening in the morning, connected to their upcoming world premiere Fallujah, which starts in March; you can attend and observe a masterclass with conductor PETER MARK (also on Sunday), and check out some of the local singing talent as they hone their skills; or catch an unusual recital in Thousand Oaks, with ‘The Lacemaker’ from soprano HEIDI VALENCIA VAS, pianist CHERYL LIN FIELDING, cellist JOYCE GEETING and pianist ERIC KINSLEY.

At Zipper Hall on Saturday night, VOX FEMINA celebrates International Women’s Day a little early (it’s actually 3/8), with a combination of singing, poetry, and spoken narrative that celebrates female achievement across history. (This one’s just about sold out.) Learn more

Sunday 2/28 isn’t bereft of classical vocal, of course — quite the opposite. There’s an intriguing recital planned at the NIXON LIBRARY; another chance to see The Magic Flute in all its animation-infused excitement at LA OPERA; and the marvelous RENEE FLEMING is performing at UC Santa Barbara. If you’re up for a trip north on Monday, she’ll be doing a masterclass there, too.

And of course, Monday night we’re hosting a “Leap Schmooze” in Valley Village. Meet us at Noodle Monster and be sure to register ahead. Learn more about the schmoozes hosted by Lauri’s List and about this particular event by clicking here.


Thru 3/6 — 

  • The Magic Flute, LA Opera
  • Peter Mark’s masterclasses, including a special event on the final day.

Check the calendar, and have a great week.  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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