One of classical radio’s titans hangs up his mic

We wish a fond farewell to KUSC host Jim Svejda, who has announced his retirement after many years on the air. Jim has been one of the most familiar voices in SoCal classical music for decades, and the station officially announced the news this week. Here’s the release, or you can read the original here. … Read more

Big staffing announcements (plural!) at LA Opera

After 14 years, this is Grant Gershon’s last season at LA Opera. With Conlon’s contract extended and a new baton-wielder from Columbia taking over as Resident Conductor, there are big changes afoot. No announcement yet as to who will take over as chorusmaster, a role which Mr. Gershon also holds through this 2021-22 season. But … Read more

(Re-)discovering Frederic Rzewski

Sometimes a missed opportunity becomes a new challenge on its own. With the recent and sudden death of composer and pianist Frederic Rzewski, those of us in SoCal have proximal reason to mourn, as the titan was scheduled to be part of Piano Spheres’ upcoming season, and it would have been my first chance to … Read more

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

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

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

A little good news for arts in California

If ever a bright spot was going to be welcome, it’s now. Here’s a little state update from Californians for the Arts. Please consider joining this organization, as they fight for what we do every day. See the press release below: This Just In: Funding for the Arts Protected Thanks to everyone who sent in … Read more

Music Center closes all venues though March

In an LA County-mandated move that has one of the most sweeping impacts on the arts in the current pandemic, The Music Center has announced closure of all four performance venues, at least through March 31st. Further changes and/or closures will depend on how the virus situation progresses, but this abundance of caution (one of … Read more

San Diego Opera’s upcoming ‘Barber’ run brings out plenty of connected projects

We love auxiliary events, as they can help the community enjoy and absorb a concert or operatic production in multi-faceted ways. We can experience the work more deeply find different ways into it, and learn something we weren’t expecting. San Diego Opera is capitalizing on this expansive dynamic with their April production of Rossini’s beloved … Read more

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