“Three Wishes” — Southern California Vocal Events
LAURI D GOLDENHERSH’s Weekly Highlightsfrom the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter (CCMN)
The folks at PACIFIC CHORALE are showing off their Composer-in-Residence this weekend, with an early evening program of music by Tarik O’Regan and a world premiere to boot. This “British and American composer” (as his website describes him) is firmly established as a vocal guy, with an already impressive discography and a wide variety of works in the bank. If you’re not already hip to O’Regan, here’s your chance to get more familiar with his work. More info
Sunday continues the premiere run of Lost Childhood, a new opera at Opera UCLA, commissioned and developed through American Opera Projects. Based on a memoir by Holocaust survivor Yehuda Nir, the opera by Janice Hamer and Mary Azrael was first premiered on Thursday night, and continues four performances through the 23rd. Sunday is the only matinee — with parking what it is on campus, try to get your tickets ahead. Read more
Over the years, I’ve been labeled in many ways, including some overly clever names that would be too hard to explain here. “Choir geek” is apt, and pretty straightforward. But “sacred music junkie” came up recently, and for the very reasons that 1) the speaker was referring to the multiplicity of various faith and musical backgrounds that I’ve been steeped in over the years, and 2) the phrase itself sounds so ridiculous, I’ve decided to own it.
Regular readers know that I love a good Evensong service, for its focus on music, its meditative power, and mostly for its musical collaboration. More than a standard mass (in any denomination), the Evensong lets the choir shine but also includes the congregation throughout, and it’s just a great way to get into a better headspace for the coming week. The regular events at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Monrovia are among my favorites, so yes, I’m biased. This particular Sunday, they’re also featuring the talents of guest soloist Zanaida Robles, so there are plenty of reasons to be there. (Stick around for the reception!) Details here
Have a gorgeous week, everyone!
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