LA Choral Lab ready to forge ahead with new ED

When a relatively new nonprofit board creates an Executive Director position, it’s a big day, and a sign they’re ready for some serious growth. That seems to be the case for one of our most exciting choral organizations, and we wait for more news of programs and changes with great anticipation. No doubt there’s more … Read more

Breaking News: CA opening earlier than expected

Californians from the Arts shares news from the state capitol: Governor Newsom has made a big announcement today, and one that is sure to send arts orgs and others scrambling to make and change plans. While most previous announcements seemed to focus on opening performances in the fall, the state’s updated plan to reopen businesses … Read more

An announcement about our community review program

We have shared this announcement with our reviewer team, a group on long hiatus due to…well, you know. But we must announce to all that we’re putting our Community Review Program on hiatus, perhaps permanently. As this has been just part of our ongoing coverage of the arts, let’s explain: While arts orgs are hesitantly … Read more

Twitter game: what’s your most memorable stage memory?

As we look ahead toward reopening and returning to some of the spaces that have been denied us in the arts, people are thinking back to some of their past performances, including best and worst memories that will linger on for decades to come. Do you have a story, photo, and/or video to share? Please … Read more

“Very Special Arts” going online this year

The Music Center’s annual festival, rather than shutting down as the pandemic continues, will be available as a virtual experience in April, making it possible to not only continue an important decades-old tradition, but to open up the festival and its workshops and activities to a wider public audience. Please help spread the word about … Read more

James Darrah finds a new home at Long Beach Opera

News from LBO… with a new artistic chief who brings with him a reputation for innovative production and stellar multidisciplinary mashups. Sounds like a great fit to us — this should be fun! See the press release below: Long Beach Opera appoints JAMES DARRAH Artistic Director and Chief Creative Officer Darrah makes his Long Beach … Read more

Rebirth for unSUNg

In case you haven’t heard, the little concert series that we started in 2013 is going through a sort of renaissance right now, and we’re about to launch our very first fundraiser so that this project can continue long into the future. Ariel Pisturino has taken on the role of artistic director as of early … Read more

Reopening alert: San Diego Opera starts back, IRL, in April

With vaccinations taking place at an increasingly rapid clip and even arts orgs looking for performance realities that work, the season announcements are starting to roll in. Here’s one from San Diego, mixing their annual concert, a drive-in opera and the production of The Barber of Seville postponed from last season’s COVID-related shutdown. This is … Read more

Recap: News you mighta missed, 12/6/20 edition

The world rarely arrives in sonata form… we could all use a good recap. Things to know It seems almost impossible that you might have missed this memefest entirely, but it seems clear that Christmas decor manufacturers may be considering a more careful look at the music notation they include in their tchotchkes. Facebook and … Read more

A little reading

There were several articles this week that showed up and seemed important enough to share. On the other hand, there are a couple of lighter things here too. You get to decide which is which. These links are in no particular order. San Diego Opera plans drive-in “All is Calm” film and live sing-along — … Read more

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