Three wishes: Where to go this week

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

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What shall we hear this week? There are plenty of unusual choices, from four tenors from Italia, to streaming Puccini from the Met, to classic operas from Vineyard Touring Opera and Landmark Opera. Check the calendar for plenty of things to keep you busy. But here are three more that I couldn’t resist sharing:

The new season for PACIFIC CHORALE starts on Saturday afternoon, with two sacred choral works that are particularly tasty: Brahms’ Requiem is combined with the ‘Te Deum’ by Arvo Part, for a memorial concert that is bound to be lush and evocative. The chorale and orchestra will be led by artistic director ROBERT ISTAD, and joined by soprano CAMILLE ZAMORA and baritone ALEXANDER DOBSON. Come early for a pre-concert talk by KUSC host BRIAN LAURITZEN. Get details and ticket info

Saturday evening, baritone JOEL BALZUN serves up a faculty recital at Biola University with pianist KEVIN GARNICA and “Words of War“, a program combining wartime poetry and music from Gurney, Hindemith, Ives, Poulenc, Shaporin, and Tailleferre. The concert also includes the premiere of a new work by KURT ERICKSON, setting poetry by BRIAN TURNER. General admission is just $14, with discounts available. Click here

The powerful ‘Considering Matthew Shepard‘, a profound and timely oratorio by CRAIG HELLA JOHNSON, comes to the CLU campus in Thousand Oaks with a performance by the ARETÉ VOCAL ENSEMBLE. Telling the tale of the 1998 killing of a gay student at the University of Wyoming, this influential work has made real how our society’s fabric has changed, and how far it still needs to go. Advance ticket discounts are available, and at-the-door tix are just twenty bucks. For details and more background about the work, click here

Thank you all for your continued support of live vocal music, and stay tuned — we’re living in a vibrant and richly innovative vocal era in Southern California, and there’s plenty of great stuff coming soon!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh

REMINDER: You should know that the Lauri’s List calendar is now “self-serve”, which means it’s up to presenters and performers to make sure their vocal events are on our calendar. But don’t worry, it’s easy! Just go to and click the “Submit event” button at the top. Basic listings are still free, and we’d love to have your vocal-inclusive, classical-leaning doings in the mix.

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