Five reasons to stand up for the arts this week

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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

With the news today that federal arts funding is under fire, it’s never been a better time to show your support for the arts by showing up. Wherever you sit on the political spectrum, please raise a voice, and work at least two great arts events into your upcoming week. As usual, a few rather opinionated suggestions:

Start your weekend early with two Friday night doings in Pasadena and Santa Monica:

In the SGV, prominent series MUSIC AT BOSTON COURT brings together soprano ELISSA JOHNSTON, woodwind JAMES SULLIVAN and pianistissimo PAUL FLOYD to the exquisitely intimate Pasadena performing space, with a somewhat unusual mash-up of music by Franz Schubert and Ned Rorem. Both are enduring song masters, of course, but the favorite “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” (aka “The Shepherd on the Rock”) will be an interesting juxtaposition for Rorem’s cycle of five settings of Sylvia Plath. If you like to mix it up, click here.

On the coast, SOUTHEAST SYMPHONY goes stagey for their Opera Gala benefit, featuring young soprano GOLDA BERKMAN and tenor LANDON SHAW II. The concert at St. Monica Catholic Church Community (in Santa Monica, of course), will benefit children’s health in Kenya, and will be led by artistic director ANTHONY R. PARNTHER. Be sure to stay for wicked goodies at the reception. Click here

Saturday 3/18, look for ‘Love and War’ with METROPOLITAN MASTER CHORALE, melding familiar tunes of wartime and the emotions it evokes, with multimedia exploration. Learn more

Saturday and Sunday, Los Angeles takes part in the annual “Bach in the Subways” extravaganza, and this year includes some juicy vocal selections. Learn more on the Singerpreneur blog, with our featured rundown of what’s up with Baroque song at Union Station this weekend:  click here.

Sunday 3/19, Orff’s Carmina Burana gets a grand outing at First Congregational Church in Los Angeles (aka “First Congo”), when VOX FEMINA partners with the GAY MENS CHORUS OF LOS ANGELES and organist maestro CHRISTOPH BULL dichotomize both “Sacred and Profane” on one of the largest pipe organs in the world. Get tickets and the 411

Watch for more spring abundance in the coming months, 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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