NewMusicUSA invests in our local musicians

One of the nation’s biggest proponents of new classical music runs many helpful programs to help composers and presenters of new stuff in our field. They have also, however, developed a reputation over the years for being highly biased toward NYC-based recipients. Whether or not that reputation is deserved, it’s nice to have an excuse … Read more

Buying Your Own Message

“You don’t feel like a realtor yet,” I said to a friend recently, and then I watched his whole face change.  While he’d been licensed and practicing for six months, it was true:  he hadn’t yet made the shift in his own mind.  And it was getting in the way of his marketing. This happens … Read more

That time when the orchestra put their collective foot down

I was talking to a longtime colleague recently, when we both remembered a rehearsal day from many years ago that was truly unusual: Singing a large work with a world-class orchestra, the artistic director raised his baton after the break and shared with all of us an open letter signed by most of the members … Read more

Choral Arts Initiative reveals a bold new season

An innovative choir based in Irvine and led by Brandon Elliott (pictured), Choral Arts Initiative (CAI) has been an org to watch for a few years now. Their programming is creative, they support new works and nurture their singers, and their PREMIERE|Project Festival (now accepting participant apps for 2023) is a celebration of what modern … Read more

The good things

This is a big holiday weekend, celebrating one of our nation’s biggest holidays. Independence Day is taking a beating this year, however, as our country is wrapped in controversy and conflict. So, I’m approaching it as a sort of “Thankspendence”. Here are a few good things to be grateful for, regardless of your other views: Music and … Read more

To say and not to say

I’ve spent most of the last few days trying to formulate a statement on last week’s news out of our nation’s capital. What keeps issuing forth from my keyboard is angry, garbled and very, very preachy. I’ll try to spare you from the worst of the tirades, and will instead address a behavioral imperative that … Read more

Creating like clockwork

Even as the season is winding down, the Listerhood is putting out intriguing, thought-provoking events!  This week, we’re featuring one performance written, produced and starring a whole horde of Listers; a workshop hosted by a support org with a specific mission; and a benefit that spotlights music of the Near East. Tonight or tomorrow, catch … Read more

Diving right in

It’s a big week of season finales, with organizations all over the Southland bringing out fun and exciting programs that will welcome summer with gusto.  Don’t miss the much-anticipated reboot of one of Mozart’s best operas, as Salastina brings Cosi into a more enlightened time.  Be sure to check out your local community choir, and enjoy the wealth of choral music … Read more

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