Blame it on the spring: Music sings in every style imaginable this week

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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights


Tonight marks the start of the 6th annual HearNow Music Festival, a newish SoCal tradition that has proven some serious impact.  This year the organization is partnering with UCLA PHILHARMONIA to present orchestral work, including special commissions, launching the fest with a concert at Schoenberg Hall that includes the vocal talents of soprano JUSTINE ARONSON singing William Kraft.  Also partnering with PACIFIC SERENADES, LA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA and PEOPLE INSIDE ELECTRONICS (PIE), three more concerts (two of which have vocal works on the docket) on Saturday and Sunday at various SoCal venues combine to make a big, diverse weekend of contemporary classical, in its many forms.  Learn more and get tickets

This weekend also brings a retro take on a Mozart favorite, as REDLANDS OPERA THEATRE styles Don Giovanni as a 40s-feeling radio play.  With baritone ADRIAN ROSALES in the title role, this unusual staging will bring plenty of surprises to the familiar show.  Four performances start Saturday, and run through 4/30.  More information

A few quick notes, to cover a lot of ground in a hurry:

More opera comes in the form of a Puccini double bill from SANTA BARBARA OPERA, as well as the continuing runs for PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT and SAN DIEGO OPERA (see below).

Early music is served very well by JOUYSSANCE (Thursday in Fullerton) and by VOCATRIX (Friday in the West Adams District), who perform a full staged Ordo Virtutum, a morality play created 900 years ago by the fascinating Hildegard von Bingen.

Choral music goes big this week, as the LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE hosts a thousand high school students for their annual choral festival.  (One of our reviewers will be live tweeting the event @laurislist on Twitter!).  Also, look for HORIZON CHAMBER CHOIR as part of Long Beach Camerata’s annual Bach fest; Brahms’ German Requiem performed by the WAGNER ENSEMBLE; the once-in-a-blue-moon MILLENNIUM CONSORT SINGERS at Pomona College; and VOX FEMINA’s “Harmonious Women” in Culver City.

You are now officially out of excuses.  “There’s nothing on” won’t cut it.  Pick some astonishing vocals this weekend, and enjoy the spring.  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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