Make a wish…

Southern California Vocal Events from Jim Eninger’s
Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter from the South Bay
“Three Wishes” — LAURI D GOLDENHERSH’s Weekly Highlights


Let’s start with a little shout-out to my mother and resident unSUNg groupie, MARILYN DAVIDIAN, who makes her own birthday wishes today… Love you, Mom! Happy Birthday!

I don’t start this week’s column on that sappy note out of mere sentiment, however: it’s also a reminder that music not only entertains us, but brings us together and illuminates what’s important to us. And so, this week’s picks are a trio of projects that express a wish of their own, in one way or another:

For instance, Sunday’s concert from the WAGNER ENSEMBLE gathers work from our local landscape, not only honoring Roger Wagner’s essential legacy of nurturing Angeleno-based and -connected talent, but continuing that local harvest through further creative projects. The group is now led by its founder’s daughter, JEANNINE WAGNER, who has continued that family tradition of championing new works, particularly those of composers based in the Los Angeles area, and spreading them far and wide. This program, ‘Made in L.A.’, puts that love of locale front and center, with music by a bevy of composers who have, or even still, live and breathe among us. Read more and get your seats now

Starting this Friday, PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT’s color-coded ‘Don Giovanni’ turns Mozart on its ear in a most wonderful way, bringing a zoot sensibility to Wolfgang’s sexiest and most dastardly opera. Artistic director JOSH SHAW’s wish to bring new vitality to otherwise chestnut stage works has electrified the SoCal arts scene, and resulted in one of the most talked-about troupes in the area. For this reason, POP’s shows tend to sell out, so grab your seats for one of five performances ASAP!  Click here

And finally, a wish for “Peace”, whether it be worldwide or just a little midday solace for yourself, BACH COLLEGIUM SAN DIEGO’s esteemed Bach at Noon concerts in the San Diego area are just the thing. Forty-five minutes in the sublime, and you’ll be a little closer to believing anything can happen.  Click here for info on this week’s concert and more


Make a wish of your own: Be sure to check the calendar for many more options, and pick something that expands a horizon or three.  Have a beautiful week!

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 several 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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