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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

The vocal calendar holds both heralded and out-of-the-box events this week. How about some California history? A dance of veils? A lecherous lush? A little-seen Weill gem? Here’s a list of things that are much better than a couch and burgeoning potatohood:

If ever it was a political climate to prompt reconsideration of the WW2 internment of Japanese-Americans, this is it. Through their excellent ‘Voices Within’ program in local high schools, members of the LA MASTER CHORALE will perform a new oratorio with student creators in Van Nuys on Saturday afternoon, 2/18. This free community concert will offer much food for thought, and perform ‘In America’, a work that has proven more and more relavant as the students have worked on it in recent months. For more details about the project and the performance, click here.

Opera ramps up in a big way this week, with Salome and soprano PATRICIA RACETTE coming to the freshly-Grammyed LA OPERA…

…and further south, baritone ROBERTO DE CANDIA’s portrayal of the bacchanalian Falstaff at SAN DIEGO OPERA.

Look, too, for a Gilbert & Sullivan mashup in the Inland Empire, as REDLANDS OPERA THEATRE offers two performances of a crafted show entitled Trial by HMS Pirakado.

After a brief postponement, LOS ANGELES METROPOLITAN OPERA (aka “LA Met”) performs Barber of Seville in Santa Monica, with four performances through 2/25

On the college front, a student Cendrillon (Cinderella) brings fantasy to UCLA…

…and Kurt Weill’s operatic theater piece, Street Scene comes BIOLA UNIVERSITY

Next week, opening Thurs 2/23, PACIFIC SYMPHONY and PACIFIC CHORALE are concertizing with a semi-staged, costumed version of the grandest of them all: Verdi’s Aida, with KELEBOGILE BESONG in the title role, and appearances by ARNOLD RAWLS (Radames), MILENA KITIC (Amneris), and MARK DELAVAN (Amonasro). Get details and tickets

CONTINUING — Catch them before they disappear…

Have a great week, check the calendar for more inspiring choices, and 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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