One amazing Friday (and other wonders this week)

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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

Forget the week. Get lost and celebrate something more profound and moving with this weeks truly fantastic Friday! Brave the traffic and get thyself to one of these:

USC’s intensely popular VISIONS & VOICES series returns with “Sound Maze”, a fascinating adventure in music through the imaginative creations of composer/inventor/dreamer PAUL DRESHER. This is not necessarily a vocal event (until you sing along, at least), but get there if you can. Admission to the interactive exhibit is free, and transcendence is an added bonus. RSVP quick! Click here

CLASSICAL CROSSROADS hosts mezzo KATARZYNA SADEJ and pianist BASIA BOCHENEK in Torrance on Friday, and considering this vocalist’s recent schedule, offers a chance to hear an emerging artist whose cocoon will be forgotten sooner rather than later. This midday event is free, quick and just thing your tired brain needs before heading into a busy weekend. For details, click here

Czech folklore comes to life with OPERA SANTA BARBARA’s whimsical, family-friendly ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’, taking over the historic Granada Theatre for two performances — Friday and Sunday. Clickety-click

Tenor RODELL AURE ROSEL continues to revisit his SoCal roots whenever he can, in spite of a schedule that keeps him busy as one of those striped things with six legs. This Friday, his recital at El Camino College with pianist/coach JEREMY FRANK offers a program full of variety, with affordable tickets and the campus’ spacious-yet-comfy Marsee Auditorium. Click here

One more! While it’s not quite like marveling at Mick Jagger’s enduring ability to rock, this year marks the 70th birthday of equally indelible American composer JOHN ADAMS, and the LA PHIL will celebrate with two performances of the music auteur’s iconic ‘Nixon in China’, which seems to become more relevant by the moment. A fascinating and talented cast tackles characters large and less large: look for RYAN MCKINNY in the title role, and watch for LACEY JO BENTER as one of the secretaries — a role that tends to sneak up on the audience. (Never, ever, underestimate the secretary.) Click here

That’s one very impressive Friday. As for the rest of the week, look for C3LA with ‘Glossolalia’, celebrating sound as a character of its own. JOUYSSANCE at Fullerton’s Muckenthaler Center next Thursday, and much more from a variety of genres.



• Thru 3/19 — Salome — LA OPERA
It’s a very good time to be a music-lover. Have a beautiful week, 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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