Happy Halloween!

Boo humbug!

I used to believe that Halloween isn’t for everyone. But as the holiday seems to get bigger every year, it’s clear I was wrong. There are hundreds of ways to celebrate this unique holiday, that celebrates very old traditions instead of commemorating a single event or individual.

This year, we see arts organizations running the spooky gamut from concerts that seem to have no creepy connections, to a Russian vespers that brings its own atmosphere, to LA Opera’s performance of ‘Get Out’ — one of cinema’s most recent “instant classics”. In costume or out, it’s a good year for a good scare.

(Make sure YOUR event is on the Lister calendar!)

Rachmaninoff Vespers

Sat, Oct 30 – 7pm, Costa Mesa

Pacific Chorale dives into one of the most unforgettable major choral works in the rep. Join them at Segerstrom Hall for this mammoth work and more, including a world premiere from Tarik O’Regan. The concert is conducted by Robert Istad and features 80 chorus members, marking the first live performance in more than 19 months by Pacific Chorale. Sounds like a great start.

Dana Rouse and friends

Sat, Oct 30 – 7:30pm
California Lutheran Univ, Thousand Oaks

Dana Rouse performs Vaughan Williams’ “Ten Blake Songs” for soprano and oboe, as well as “Landscapes,” a song cycle for piano, cello, violin and soprano.

Rouse will be joined by pianist Soon Kim, oboe player Lynn Olson and others as they share some rarely heard chamber music pieces.

Opera Meets the Seven Deadly Sins

Thurs, Nov 4 – 8pm, CSU Fullerton

Lust, greed, pride, wrath, gluttony, envy, and sloth take center stage in an eclectic mix of scenes from favorite operas like “Dido and Aeneas” and “The Rake’s Progress,” and quality outliers such as “Regina” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” as well as new settings of two of literature’s greatest works, “The Scarlet Letter” and “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Original published in our Next7 newsletter — Featured events through 11/4/21

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