Falling into place

It’s mostly SoCal’s larger presenting organizations who are making a splash right now, and that’s to be expected. We’re hearing great things about LAO’s Il Trovatore in DTLA, but Independent Opera Company dives in this weekend with a fundraiser to build their future, and the LA Master Chorale launches their new season with a program brimming with local talent and ingenuity. It all makes for some tough decisions this weekend… If you’re venturing out, which will you choose?

If staying at home is better for you, try something virtualHear Now Music Festival has started dropping their series of free online concerts, and they’ll rattle your cage with spirited creativity. Also, “Rays of Hope” from unSUNg Concerts is available for just less than a week, and people are enjoying the video over and over again.

And fall is warming up its colors and its art, so there’s more to come. (Make sure YOUR event is on the Lister calendar!)

Featured events

LA Master Chorale: Invitation

Sat, Sept 25 – 2pm
Sun, Sept 26 – 7pm
Downtown LA

LA Master Chorale has crafted their first live return to Walt Disney Concert Hall as an “Invitation”, and have been making tickets available to schools, teachers, subscribers and more, to celebrate in style, with our diverse community in tow.

48 singers will perform a wide variety of juicy rep, from a long list of composers including Saunder Choir, Heinrich Schütz, Hildegard von Bingen, Morten Lauridsen, Shawn Kirchner and much more.

Tickets appear to be available — but get yours asap!

Proof of full vaccination required, as well as masks.

Independent Opera Company’s Re-Opening Gala

Sat, Sept 25 – 8pm
Studio City

Independent Opera Company’s Reopening Gala will be the first production celebrating their tenth anniversary, and an upcoming season featuring all Russian music. The Gala performance will feature excerpts from IOC’s company repertoire, past and present, featuring rarely performed works as well as audience favorites.

Featured artists include include Brooke Iva Lohman, Alexis Wesley, Jamie Sanderson, Ken Simms, Mariana Ramirez, Aaron Ball, Daniel Brennan, Liza Barskaya and Michelle Matsumune. Galina Barskaya will lead the evening from the piano.

COVID safety precautions will be maintained for the live event, and a virtual/streaming option is available.

A Celebration of Warner Henry

Sun, Sept 26 – 3pm
Downtown LA

Warner Henry left his philanthropic mark on the SoCal arts community with warmth and an infectious sense of humor. He died at 82 of natural causes in August 2020, and several of the organizations he and his wife, Carol, supported are gathering at the Colburn School on Sunday to honor his memory and his legacy.

This is a private event, ticketed by the participating organizations, but we’d like to give a shout-out to him here, and for all the Henrys have done for Los Angeles. It’s supporters like them who make what we do possible.

Read the LA Times obit

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This events round-up was originally published in Next7, released Sept 24, 2021.

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