Spring in twos and threes

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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights


Assuming you all survived the hurricane of music that is Easter, we can now settle in for the musical wonder that is springtime. It all starts with a coincidental series of events that seem to fall into twos and threes:

First off, there is the triad of Butterflys taking over SoCal in April, with LA OPERA’s production wrapping up, The Met’s production being broadcast at various locations (live in the morning, taped at USC at 1pm), and SAN DIEGO OPERA’s run starting on 4/16. It’s all on the calendar.

Some people believe this is a portrait of the young JS Bach. Other people don’t think so. But there it is.

Next, there the two Bach festivals, one in Long Beach and the other at Whittier College, filling the air with exquisite counterpoint. On Saturday afternoon, for instance, LONG BEACH CAMERATA SINGERS celebrate a 20-year-old Bach’s fabled 250-mile walk from Arnstadt to Lubeck. They join forces with MUSICA ANGELICA to perform selected works from the period, as well as some of the master’s early works. For details and ticket information on this LBCS event, click here.

This is the 79th year for the Whittier College Bach Festival, and offerings include a Friday night musicale by students and faculty; a Saturday cantata performance by CHORALE BEL CANTO; plus concerts by the LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET (aka “LAGQ”) on Saturday night, and a Sunday wrap-up by RAYMOND ERICKSON and DANNY LOZANO. For more information on the Whittier festival and their complete schedule, click here.

Finally, three local choral orgs deserve special attention for simply being out of the ordinary:

CHORAL ARTS INITIATIVE lauds springtime with ‘Such Things as Flowers’, and petal-filled program with two performance at Orange County venues this weekend. Click here

Saturday night 4/2, ANGELES CHORALE brings Carmina Burana to Pasadena, presented less in the usual “this is that piece from the movies” vibe and more in the realm that inspired the work, with a program entitled, ‘Desire: Fate, Fortune and the Music of Carl Orff’. Click here

One depiction of the story of Savitri and Satyavan, facing Death together.

Then on Sunday 4/3, ‘By Love Redeemed’ brings the women of PASADENA MASTER CHORALE together with soloists JULIA METZLER, ARNOLD LIVINGSTON GEIS and JAMES MARTIN SCHAEFER and chamber orchestra to perform Gustav Holst’s rarely performed opera, Savitri, plus other works of Eastern influence. Click here

Get outside a bit this week, and then come back in for loads of extraordinary music.  As always, thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh


Thru 4/3 —

Coming up

  • Starting 4/8 (and nearly sold out), Poulenc’s La voix humaine, Long Beach Opera
  • 4/10, the 18th Annual ‘Opera in the Park’ in Palm Springs
  • 4/13, Operatic lovebirds Anna Netrebko & hubby Yusif Eyvazov at the Broad Stage

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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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