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Southern CA Vocal Events

Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

We’re heading into the last three weeks of the main season, and you’ll see one finale after another pulling out all the stops.

For something completely different, INDEPENDENT OPERA COMPANY combine Rameau and Rachmaninoff with two very rarely-performed and myth-inspired operas to Studio City, with a Pygmalion and Aleko double bill that gets just two performances — Friday and Saturday, 6/3-4. This little company is distinguished by exceptional musical direction and very creative programming, and this is an excellent excuse to try them out if you haven’t seen one of their shows already.  Click here

Choral masterworks abound this week, and ARTES VOCALES OF LOS ANGELES, one of SoCal’s newest choral ensembles, wraps up with one of with one of the very best: just one performance of J.S. Bach’s ‘St. Matthew Passion’ in Pasadena on Saturday 6/4.  Learn more

The FESTIVAL SINGERS meld choral tradition with classic music from stage and screen on Sunday 6/5, with soprano JESSIKA NEWQUIST and baritone DANIEL WILSON soloing, accompanied by pianist CAROL ROMAN and led by artistic director GARY TOOPS. This group has been around since 1982, but seems to be coming into their stride now, with a growing ensemble and concert programs that branch through the picket fences of genre. Get more information about this event, which ends with a luscious dessert reception.

Also on Sunday, METROPOLITAN MASTER CHORALE explores the way music can offer a feeling of safety and freedom. Artistic director GLENN CARLOS leads their program, ‘Sanctuary’, in which they’ll sing about “the most satisfying places on earth.” Whatever that means to you, this sounds like a great way to shake off some stress and perhaps find a new happy place.  Learn more

See the calendar for more about ANGEL CITY CHORALE’s rocking ‘Rhythm Planet’ on Saturday and Sunday; a musical lovefest in Irvine; an contemporary choral extravaganza with HOLLYWOOD MASTER CHORALE; a season wrap-up collaboration from LA MASTER CHORALE and ERIC WHITACRE; and of course plenty more.

Have a great week, and as always, thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh


Thru 6/4 — Aida, Repertory Opera Company

Thru 6/10 — La BohémeLA 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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