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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

Great choral music is like a well-textured painting, and can range in scale from exquisite miniatures to grand canvases worthy of Jacques-Louis David. (See his Oath of the Horatii above.)  This week, several beloved and revered choral works are taking center stage, presented by world-class ensembles as well as passionate locals.

BACH COLLEGIUM SAN DIEGO wraps up their season with Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, a masterpiece four centuries old, but no less powerful in our modern times. A good crop of local soloists join the choir, as well as additional choristers from San Diego State, as part of BCSD’s new apprenticeship program. The concerts take place Fri 5/13 and Sat 5/14, in two different locations in San Diego. Get details

Requiems seem to have a special place this time of year, and CHORALE BEL CANTO pairs Mozart’s with Vaughan Williams’ evocative ‘Five Mystical Songs’, performing both Sat 5/14 in Pasadena. Click here

spcc_requiem_header_cropSouth Pasadena’s CALVARY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH combines their own Chancel Choir with the local community chorus, orchestra, harp and percussion, to offer a more modern, populist remembrance. John Rutter’s Requiem has proven an enduring favorite in the three decades or so since its composition, with beautiful soprano solos (Rutter’s trademark) and an inspiring, crowd-pleasing score. A little trivia: this Requiem, one of the English composer’s best known works, actually got its start right here in California, with four movements performed in Sacramento in March of 1985. Learn more about the full version and this weekend’s Sunday afternoon performance by clicking here.

One of the many worthy music ed programs in the area brings us Mendelssohn’s epic Elijah on Sunday afternoon, performed by the INNER CITY YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF LOS ANGELES AND CHORUS at LA’s historic Holman UMC on West Adams. Learn more about this event and how to support this dedicated program by clicking here.

Nino Machaidze, soprano
Nino Machaidze, soprano

Even on the operatic stage, choruses get to shine, as LA OPERA opens Puccini’s La Boheme on Sat 5/14, with eight performances running through 6/12. This grand finale to LAO’s current season is one of the most treasured operas ever, and stars LA favorite NINO MACHAIDZE (right) as Mimi. Tickets and info

There’s always more on the calendar, including a dance-inspired concert from DE ANGELIS VOCAL ENSEMBLE; mammoth choral festivities with the LA PHIL; and a piano-focused program from PASADENA PRO MUSICA.

Sing well, listen with an open heart, and as always, thank you for supporting live singing!


Lauri D. Goldenhersh


Thru 5/15 — Great Scott, San Diego Opera

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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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