Choral splendor, champagne and talking about opera

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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

Choral music is back, with two very different programs from newish and very vigorous local ensembles, both kicking off their new seasons on Sunday:

Diving fully into the sacred, LA CHORAL LAB runs the gamut from old to new, with hymns, spirituals and new choral music. This irrepressible group has proven themselves more than worthy in their first two seasons, and we look forward to seeing what they’re up to this year, starting with ‘Sacred Songs‘. The concert is led by artistic director MICHAEL ALFERA and accompanied by TALI TADMOR at the piano. Get tickets and details

NOVA VOCAL ENSEMBLE, on the other hand, is putting the spotlight on the royal, singing tribute to “presidents, queens, kings and other rulers”. Composers include David Lang, Paul Moravec, Nico Muhly and Zachary Wadsworth, and the concert in Glendale continues Nova’s focus on living composers. Tickets for “Hail to the Chiefs” are available online or at the door. Get details

The calendar is still fairly lightly coated through mid-October, but it presents an opportunity to branch out. If you’ve never gone to one of LA OPERA’s Opera Talks before, the event scheduled at Brand Library on Saturday is a great way to start. Macbeth is a gorgeous Shakespearean adaptation that is presented less often than other Verdi gems, and while catching PLACIDO DOMINGO in the title role may be a priority while the opera runs here in Socal, grabbing the chance to learn a little more about this juicy work is free and easy. Get thee to Glendale (whoops, wrong play…), and catch the talk. Details are here

To start the last season with JEFFREY KAHANE at the helm, LA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA offers ‘Bach and Beethoven 7’ this weekend, with two performances featuring soprano JOELLE HARVEY, trumpeter DAVID WASHBURN and violinist MOVSES POGOSSIAN. The program also includes a little Mozart and music by Tigran Mansurian. Don’t miss it

Also this weekend are CENTER STAGE OPERA’s very musical champagne brunch on Saturday, and a varied “Chamber Music Extravaganza” at Pomona College on Sunday. There’s truly something for everyone.


Thru 10/16 — Macbeth, LA Opera
It’s going to be a very good year. Enjoy, and as always, thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh

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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.

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