Diverse joys

There never was anything useful or great, about which men have not differed. — Origen of Alexandria Music is one of the most restorative forces in the world, and it’s coming your way. LA Opera launched their production of Tannhäuser this week, and there are beautiful things to come from Jouyssance and Pacific Opera Project … Read more

Mom wisdom

My mother loves owls, which I have always thought rather apt. She is a very wise woman. Of course, she thinks she’s completely ordinary, which just makes her insights into the rest of the world more potent. So here’s a quote — not because I love my mommy (which I do), but because she reminded … Read more

Change, and change again

We’ve heard about the merits of “fail again; fail better”, and this is close: COVID has certainly taught us to change, and change again, and the last couple of weeks have brought rapid shifts indeed. With guidelines, plans and realities adjusting rapidly, trust that our resilience will see us through. Seems like a good time … Read more

Feeling a little overwhelmed?

The desire to get over the last year and a half and to finally feel merely “whelmed” again is understandable. But while the reinstated mask mandate in Los Angeles County and other areas of the country might get you down, remember that this is a process. We’ll get there, just one step at a time. … Read more

Podcasts, podcasts, everywhere

As technology continues to become more manageable and brings marketing options to millions of people, everyone has a voice of their own. After years of pondering, we’ve launched our own Singerpreneur Podcast, which is an extension of the blog and is now available on all major channels and quite a few more. Look for us … Read more

The arts are starting to wake up a bit

With changes in California’s state policies and the cautious reopening of a few iconic venues (who’s heading to Hollywood Bowl this summer?), performing arts presenters are finally starting to see the light at the end of that long, dark tunnel. Foundations and service organizations are looking around for attitudes and answers, with multiple surveys (big … Read more

New company, new take on ‘Carmen’

When “remake” is a good thing… Director Carson Gilmore has proven his creative instincts with an array of other companies locally, and has long been looking to start his own troupe. With a well-received and ambitious black box production of Bellini’s difficult and gender-bending I Capuleti e i Montecchi a couple of years ago, the then-named Hawkmore Lyric Opera … Read more

Take care

This adorable little guy has the right idea… Once we get into November, the fall schedule for most performers gets increasingly hectic. And of course, we’re heading into cold and flu season, to boot. While you may have already had a flu shot and stocked up on Robitussin, this is the time to double down … Read more

Seasons greetings! (The other kind)

While Halloween itself isn’t necessarily a huge working holiday for vocal types, the days after Halloween are actually quite busy for local churches. Watch out for carefully rehearsed requiems of all sorts — even the Franken-kind! See one of the CCMN selections below… There are quite a few events in this arena on our calendar, and more in … Read more

All Hallows’ Eve, extended

Halloween concert — Sat 11/2 at 7:30pm, Los Angeles Melding a diverse and creative choral program with an architectural space that is fully worthy of a classic spooky movie set, Artes Vocales does their Halloween thing two days later this year, on the Day of the Dead. Just the kind of mashup we love! The … Read more

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