LAMC’s season announcement is our canary in the mine

One of several mid- to large presenting orgs in SoCal’s vocal universe, the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s announcement this week is a welcome sign that plans are moving forward. With a robust season (if a delayed restart of gigs with the LA Phil) and some exciting new projects, this is a season to watch, and … Read more

Looking ahead with Bach Collegium San Diego

Season announcement time continues, and we have the latest from San Diego’s darling of the Baroque:  Bach Collegium San Diego. This intrepid and very active group, led by Ruben Valenzuela, is so good that they maintain a devoted claque of their own from points north.  Live elsewhere and wanna go to one of their upcoming … Read more

Long Beach Opera announces 2018-19 season

Reich, Glass, a world premiere and a Bach adaptation combine to celebrate two anniversaries for Long Beach Opera.  The release expresses the same vitality we’ve come to expect from this adventurous company, as well as a particular sense of artistic urgency: Stories that need to be told Music that needs to be heard Details below, … Read more

Pacific Symphony offers glimpse of 2018-19 season

Four decades in, Pacific Symphony is going strong and gearing up for another season, and their next lineup was announced on their blog earlier this week.  Their programming is, as iron-tongued Lisa Hirsch pointed out in the comments, decidedly male-leaning, with not a female composer in sight.  Considering the current gender-focused climate nationwide and big … Read more

Season announcement: LA Master Chorale’s 2018-19 lineup

We wait with bated breath until our Lister blogger finishes the review of last weekend’s Israel in Egypt. (OK, it’s me — I’m percolating!  Stay tuned…) But in the meantime, LA Master Chorale has recovered from their most recent visit into their Hidden Handel project, taken a deep breath, and announced their next season! With connections firmly … Read more

LA Opera announces 2018-19 season

  LA Opera has announced its lineup for next season, and it looks like a significant upgrade from the relatively safe fare they’ve been offering the last couple of years.  There are some safe bets, with the requisite hefty dose of artistic director Plácido Domingo in two of the six mainstage productions, as well and the … Read more

Put your superstitions on hold

Long Beach Opera has announced that one production slated for this year will be put off until next season:  The Black Cat, inspired by the novella by Edgar Allen Poe and a musical penned by David Sylvian, was slated for January and was to include the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, but will be saved for a … Read more

More outside opera at lunch, this season with SDO’s ‘Opera on the Concourse’

San Diego Opera continues to develop their relationship with their community a large, with a season’s worth of noonish concerts that bring opera right to the people. Three lunchtime concerts put the stars of this seasons mainstage shows in the spotlight, both normalizing opera as a part of daily life and bringing a little glamour … Read more

Opera and art house: Met in HD now at Laemmle

Do you prefer a gourmet nosh with your Norma?  Caramel corn with your Cendrillon?  The Metropolitan Opera’s famed live broadcasts are coming to select Laemmle theaters this season, so you can watch all ten operas in comfort and with better snacks.  Here’s the announcement from the theater chain: Laemmle Theatres has partnered with Fathom Events to … Read more

Bowl report: What’s up in Hollywood this summer?

Single tickets for the Hollywood Bowl went live in early May, so if you haven’t grabbed the seats you want, it would be wise to get moving. To help you maneuver the extensive schedule through the time-honored favorites like the Playboy Jazz Fest, movie-themed events like the annual Sound of Music sing-along and fandom-milking Harry Potter events, and stunt-casting spectacles … Read more

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