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

With a single award, the GRAMMYs just honored a whole lotta people in the Southland

The LA Phil, LA Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, LA Children’s Chorus and National Children’s Chorus are having a very exciting night.

LAMC mixes it up with “Handel / Pärt”

It was good to be back at Walt Disney Concert Hall last Sunday, and with a house that looked about 3/4 full, it seems plenty of other folks were glad to be there for the LA Master Chorale, as well. Starting the concert with “Prayer for Ukraine” by Mykola Lysenko, in a rich and evocative … Read more

Thoughts on disruption

It’s been a very big week for SoCal arts, with both happy and sad news aplenty. But we’re used to some shaking, right? The Colburn School announced a mammoth $350 million expansion with the help of some architect named Frank Gehry (oh yeah, he’s that guy who likes silver buildings…). Long Beach Opera canceled their … Read more

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