Three wishes for wide-eyed spring

“Three Wishes” — Southern California Vocal Events
LAURI D GOLDENHERSH’s Weekly Highlights

from the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter (CCMN)

How do you feel about fish and other aquatic creatures? Are you at your very best in sea air and salty ocean spray? First up this week, a concert-length premiere from CHORAL ARTS INITIATIVE, as “Voyaging” by CHRISTIAN GUEBERT comes to Anaheim on Saturday 3/23. CAI has become known for bold programming and exuberant collaboration with local composers, and this program is no different. “Voyaging” uses texts from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass to explore the seafaring soul. This sort of rugged theme is common in other musical works, but rarely scored for chamber choir, harp and handbell ensemble. This unique work has much to share! Get full details and snag your tickets in advance

On Sunday, go for the name alone, as a program irresistibly titled “Bubbling Baroque Bliss” will be performed at Westwood’s St. Alban’s Episcopal Church at 5pm. With the help of Dr. MARISCHKA OLECH HOPCROFT, her French Baroque ensemble and soloists, this costumed event re-illuminates the pure joy of great Baroque music, and will uncover some mysteries of the age, as well. The suggested donation is just $20. Read the brief but fascinating description on the calendar: click here

The third wish for this week is a chance to hear the future of Denmark, as the COPENHAGEN GIRLS’ CHOIR comes to the South Bay (Rolling Hills Estates) on Tuesday 3/26, and Pasadena on Thursday, 3/28. This internationally-acclaimed ensemble will charm and surprise you with new music from their native composers. As these are the choir’s debut concerts in Southern California, they’ve commissioned a new work, “Gallop of Fire“, to commemorate those affected by California’s wildfires. The work is written by the folk-influenced composer KIM NYBERG, with texts by Australian poet MARIE E.J. PITT. The choir is led by director ANNE MARIE GRANAU, and will also sing with their hosts, the LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS, on Thursday night. At both concerts, they’ll be joined by the Nordic folk band AFENGINN and Danish pedal steel guitarist MAGGIE BJORKLUND. This is a free concert that will be a truly unique experience. Get there early, as seating is first-come, first served. Rolling Hills info / Pasadena info

REMINDER: The Lauri’s List calendar is now fully “self-serve”, which means you can easily load your vocal-related events on your own and have more control over how your event looks! BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT: It also means that going forward, your event will have to have been loaded to that calendar to be considered for this column and other features by the List.

Don’t worry, it’s easy!: Just go to laurislist.com/calendar and click the “Submit event” button at the top. Basic listings are still free, and we’d love to have your doings in the mix.

Happy spring, everyone!

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