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Southern CA Vocal Events
Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights
It’s time for the “Bunny Race”, when presenters and artists are frantically cramming events onto the calendar so they can get them in before Easter. The good news is doppio: we have much to choose from, and after each event, we can celebrate with a Cadbury creme egg. Life is good.
Starting tonight (Thurs 3/3), the LA Phil performs a short run of concerts of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony, a mammoth and thematically varied wonderwork. It gives the Phil a prime chance to bring velvety mezzo TAMARA MUMFORD back to Disney Hall, and with GUSTAVO DUDAMEL at the helm, this should be Mahler at his finest. Get details
Did you know that Rossini was a Leap Day baby? That means he would have turned “54” this week, making the DREAM ORCHESTRA’s presentation of his Stabat Mater on Friday 3/4 particularly apt. The orchestra and combined choirs, conducted by artistic director DANIEL SUK, will be joined by soloists SHANA BLAKE HILL (soprano), MONICA SCHOBER (soprano), HAK SOO KIM (tenor) and PATRICK BLACKWELL (bass) to sing the sacred masterwork, as well as bits of Verdi and Gorecki, which will feature 16-year-old soprano GOLDA BERKMAN. Info and tickets
To the south, BACH COLLEGIUM SAN DIEGO explores the music found in the various church archives of South America, with ‘An Empire of Silver and Gold’, a program of works most listeners are very unlikely to have heard before. Expand your horizons with a click (but go to the concert, too…)
On Saturday night, SAN DIEGO OPERA presents the American concert debut of Italian bass FERRUCCIO FURLANETTO, giving the SDO fave a chance to spotlight a greatest-hits program of operatic selections, all sung with full orchestra conducted by Maestro EMANUELE ANDRIZZI. Grab your tickets, if you can…
This weekend also brings the finale of conductor Peter Mark’s masterclass series, including a discussion panel populated by a unique combination of influencers in local opera. Hear about what they look for in a singer, and hear the final concert prepared by the students who have been working in these masterclasses for the past several weeks. The last masterclass takes place on Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica; and the concert, panel and reception are in Beverly Hills on Sunday. More details
Thru 3/6 —
- The Magic Flute, LA Opera
- Peter Mark’s masterclasses, including a special event on the final day.
Thru 3/12 —
- A Western-inspired Merry Widow, Pacific Opera Project
You’ve probably surmised that this isn’t close to the end: check the calendar to read about many more wonderful events, and have a great week. The next two weeks will be even busier. As always, thank you for supporting live singing — there’s plenty to love!
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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.