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Southern CA Vocal Events
Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights
This week brings some big guns to Southern California’s music scene, starting Friday night with PLACIDO DOMINGO and RENEE FLEMING performing with conductor JAMES CONLON, to support, of course, LA OPERA. This is followed on Saturday by two big galas: the grand opening of Chapman University’s new Musco Center for the Arts (also starring Domingo) and the annual gala fundraiser for the LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE, an event honorarily co-chaired by Broadway big-whigs JASON ROBERT BROWN and GEORGIA STITT. Then on Sunday night, Placido and Renee will reprise their “one-night-only” performance in Palm Springs. That’s one mighty big weekend, any way you look at it.
On a more intimate scale, ANGEL CITY OPERA brings “Opera in the Neighborhood” to Valley Village; Gianni Schicchi continues at REPERTORY OPERA COMPANY; and TESSERAE brings voices into the mix with ‘Lament of the Viols‘, worthy options all.
Choral music is in full glory this time of year, and this week brings us a complete ‘Messiah’ at Pasadena Pres, one of the Lenten events led by music director TIMOTHY HOWARD; a “Masterworks Concert” from SAN GABRIEL VALLEY CHORAL COMPANY; and ‘Prayers and Dances’, an urban event set in a downtown warehouse, from LA CHORAL LAB.
Don’t forget JACARANDA’s ‘Altitude’, exploring Scandanavian contemporary music, in Santa Monica. These are all on Saturday.
(Sadly, Jacaranda’s concert has been canceled — they plan to make that program part of their next season. Stay tuned!)
Finally, big congrats to SOUTH BAY CHILDREN’S CHOIR on their 20th Anniversary Season, and the reunion concert, ‘Echoes & Encores’, taking place at El Camino College on Sunday. Kudos to artistic director and co-founder DIANE SIMONS and her whole crew. We at the List are extra proud, of course, as this group is one of our clients, but after bringing music into the lives of so many budding singers over the years, I’d be impressed anyway. Wonderful work, gang. Learn more by clicking:
Thru 3/19 —
- Gianni Schicchi, Repertory Opera Company
Thru 3/20 —
- Fallujah, Long Beach Opera (Click for our review)
Thru 4/3 —
- Madame Butterfly, LA Opera (Click for the LA Times review)
Good grief, there’s so much more on the calendar — be sure to check it out. As always, 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, 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.