A new requiem, a TED/opera connection, and music everywhere

Vocal focus in the summertime*
Southern CA Vocal Events

Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

July has been particularly busy this year, with opera, festival performances, choral music and just about anything else you can think of. You can even have a piece of it for your library:

This coming weekend, check out the season finale from CHORAL ARTS INITIATIVE, as ‘How to Go On’ gets two performances in Orange County on Saturday and Sunday, which will be recorded and combined into a professional release that can be pre-ordered now. The program centers on a new work of the same name by DALE TRUMBORE, commissioned by the ensemble, creating a modern requiem in eight short movements.  How to Go On uses the words of multiple poets to ask difficult questions surrounding the loss of a loved one, while turning the choir into “a versatile orchestra of vocal sound.” The program also includes additional choral works by Trumbore, making it a very good opportunity to explore the music of this very creative up-and-coming composer.  Learn more

[Hint: There will be another chance to hear Trumbore’s music, with the composer herself at the piano, at our 8/21 unSUNg concert in Glendale.]

To pre-order your copy of CAI’s upcoming recording, click here

Visiting from the north, Sacramento’s CAPITOL OPERA brings La Traviata to Laguna Woods and Dana Point for three performances this weekend, celebrating Verdi with one of his most popular operas. The production includes a healthy portion of respected SoCal performers, including our own NATALIE MANN and ALYSSA BRODE cast in the lead role. The show is directed by KATHLEEN TORCHIA and with piano accompaniment by KEVIN WILSON. Get details and tickets

There is one event that is sold out but still worth noting, as PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT presents a chamber opera by Kenneth B. Wells at UCLA, with one more performance this weekend. The Center Cannot Hold is a new work based on the groundbreaking memoir by Elyn Saks, who fearlessly shows what it’s like to live inside mental illness. (You may have seen her fascinating TED talk online.) The new opera is presented with the help of the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society, and producers hope to shine a light on a state of being that many have difficulty relating to. Learn more

This week and next continues the ANGELS VOCAL ART opera festival at Cal State LA. This Fri 7/15 and Sat 7/16, soprano ANNE MARIE KETCHUM and pianist VICTORIA KIRSCH present a mixed program of Spanish music from the old and new worlds. Next week marks the Southern California premiere of Anya17, a remarkable work of social justice programming that illuminates the plight of thousands of victims of human trafficking in networks across the globe. Learn more about both programs by checking out AVA’s website.    (We also featured Anya17 in last week’s Next 7 — read that piece here.)

On the lighter side of operatic sensibility, REPERTORY OPERA COMPANY sings ‘Viva Diva Sondheim’, celebrating one of the greatest American theatrical composers. This program takes place Sat 7/16 in Pomona. Click here

Speaking of Sondheim, don’t miss the last night of West Side Story at the HOLLYWOOD BOWL on Tues 7/19 — yes, it’s by Leonard Bernstein, but did you know that Sondheim wrote the lyrics? Get deets on the classic musical by clicking here.  (They’re also doing Tosca on the 24th!)

It’s wonderful to see our landscape peppered with so many vibrant artistic opportunities, right through the summer. Things will taper off soon, but do enjoy the buzz of activity while you can. As always, thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh


Thru 7/17 — Hail Poetry, OPERA A LA CARTE at Soka PAC

Thru 7/24 — IPALPITI Festival 2016 (non-vocal, but very worthwhile)





Schedule note

Through the summer, Lauri’s List will be publishing the Next 7 newsletter approximately every two weeks, instead of each week. Get the enews schedule, including submission deadlines

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*This post is 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.

The Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter and Next 7 are both on summer schedule, publishing every two weeks through August and early September.  You can view our schedule here.  This year, we’re on alternate weeks with CCMN, so we’ll publish a vocal column every week, in one or the other publication.  Of course, we’ll echo it here on the blog, too — easy peasy!

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