Southern California Vocal Events from Jim Eninger’s
Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter from the South Bay
“Three Wishes” — LAURI D GOLDENHERSH’s Weekly Highlights
It’s great to be back, and with such a gorgeous season laid out ahead of us! Here are my first three picks of the season:
This Sunday, the Huntington Beach Symphony Orchestra kicks things off with an unusual mashup of Wagner, Star Wars, Beethoven and three works by local composer Glenn Westcott. The orchestra is led by Grant Sevdayan, and joined by Westminster Chorale (helmed by Jared Pugh) and the Clifton Dance Project, for a multidisciplinary performance that rightly celebrates HBSO’s ten-year anniversary. For more details and to get your tickets (which will cost more at the door!), click here
Later Sunday night, starting at 9pm but lasting just about an hour, the first ‘Compline at the Cathedral’ brings peaceful meditation and the healing power of music to St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral near downtown LA. The candlelit service is specifically designed as a sort of therapy, and serves an excellent way to clear your head before starting the new week. Parking is available on-site, and the service, of course, is free. Click here
Finally, let’s look further down the road a bit, to a worthy concert on 9/28 that is very likely to sell out: This program led by stellar pianist/coaches Paul Floyd and Brent McMunn brings the “buddy system” to classical programming, with ‘Playing Dualities’ at Boston Court in Pasadena. The concert plays on the power of two, with dos pianists and due singers (Graycen Gardner and Todd Strange) playing deux works by zwei very American composers, both being fêted this year: Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles becomes part of the ongoing celebration of Lenny’s centenary, and Ned Rorem’s rarely-performed Four Dialogues marks the revered art song creator’s 95th birthday in October. (Go Ned!) Get your tickets now, as the space is intimate and will be packed. Don’t miss it! Click here
There’s so much more to come — it’s going to be a grand season indeed. More next week!
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*This post is echoed from the weekly vocal events column in the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter, serving nearly seven thousand chamber 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.