Early music, a celeb sighting and an opera ripped from the headlines

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Coril Prochnow’s Weekly Highlights
(Thanks for covering for Lauri this week!)


While the weather is cooling down, the performance scene is beginning to heat up with an abundance of early music this week, throughout LA, OC and San Diego.

Opening Friday evening 10/14 in Cardiff by-the-Sea, BACH COLLEGIUM SAN DIEGO presents “Welcome to Leipzig: 1723” with cantatas 179 and 42, two of the surviving cantatas composed by Bach during his first year in Leipzig as Cantor of St. Thomas. Directed by founder RUBEN VALENZUELA, and featuring soprano MARGOT ROOD, countertenor REGINALD MOBLEY, tenor SCOTT MELLO and bass TYLER DUNCAN as soloists, the concert is repeated Saturday evening in San Diego. Details and ticket information

With another early music treat, JOUYSSANCE, one of the premier vocal ensembles in Southern California, begins their new season Saturday night 10/15 in West LA, and Sunday night 10/16 in Pasadena. Presenting “The Greatest Hits of 1525”, they will perform a selection of the most popular madrigals, chansons and Lieder from the early and middle Renaissance. Click here to go to the calendar

On Saturday 10/22, at the Mission Basilica in San Juan Capistrano, you can hear DE ANGELIS VOCAL ENSEMBLE in “Omaggio“, an evening of a cappella music written to pay homage or tribute. The program spans four centuries, with the music of Palestrina, Howells, Andriessen and Rutter. Details and tickets here

For a change of pace, Tuesday evening 10/18, visit the Colburn School of Music in downtown LA for the first of their Celebrity Series, featuring RENEE FLEMING with the EMERSON STRING QUARTET in the quartet’s celebration of their 40th anniversary as a chamber ensemble. The program includes Brahms, Wellesz and Berg for a spectacular ride through 19th-century Romantic Classicism into 20th-century post-Romantic Modernism. Click here

Bringing you right up to the present, LA OPERA opens a new music-theater composition, The Source, by Ted Hearne, with director Daniel Fish, for five nights running — Wednesday 10/19 thru Sunday, 10/23. Already labeled “a 21st -century masterpiece” by the NY Times, the work exposes the world of WikiLeaks in a non-linear account of Chelsea Manning’s release of hundreds of thousands of classified documents pertaining to the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More info and links to tickets


Thru 10/23 — VENTURA COUNTY GILBERT & SULLIVAN REPERTOIRE COMPANY presents a Hallowe’en-themed classic, The Sorcerer

Enjoy these musical feasts, and as always, thank you for supporting live singing!

Coril Prochnow, for Lauri 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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