It’s all new

We’re spotlighting the Hear Now Music Festival  in this week’s event newsletter, and always encourage our readers to support new classical music whenever the opportunity arises.  Whether it’s buying a ticket, showing up, volunteering, making a simple donation, or contributing to a commission, these activities help classical evolve into its next, very dynamic phase, and what … Read more

Counting the days

It’s Easter week, and every day has significance. Friday also marks the start of Passover, so celebrations and rituals abound. Whether your holiday icon of choice is lily, bunny, afikomen or something else, have a great week full of meaning and fun and tradition. Originally published as part of our member newsletter, 4/12/22

Already April…

We’re no April Fools! There are too many good things happening to stay home. In addition to the featured events below, look ahead to The Queen’s Six in the desert on the 7th, a gorgeous concert from Jouyssance on the 10th, and Fidelio coming to the LA Phil on the 14th. Easter is also looming, and churches all over the Southland will … Read more

Spring!

It’s a season, it’s a feeling, it’s a verb, and it’s a little feathered friend who is not appearing here just for the cute factor.  (But ain’t he, tho?) Spring is the perfect time to spruce up, shake off the doldrums and refresh any part of your life that seems to need it.  We’ll be talking about … 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

Forget January — how about now?

Next week marks the start of spring, and I have a little suggestion: Whether or not you made New Year’s resolutions this year, it might be a good time to pick something NOW to change between now and next spring.  Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal, energy and inspiration.  We’re also facing a lot … Read more

Loving the mashup

There’s so much creativity and exuberance happening in the arts as we find our way back into live performance again. This weekend’s opening of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion from LA Opera is an outrageously marvelous example, mixing oratorio, opera, ballet and more to help us think of one of history’s most spectacular sacred masterworks in … Read more

Because I said so

As we start to get busy again, I’m hearing a theme in the posts and emails and conversations and general vibe from some of our Listers: FEAR. We’re all dealing with the same reality: fewer jobs around, and way too many talented artists vying for them. It’s exactly what we’ve all trained for… but more … Read more

A more “normal” Lent?

It’s Mardi Gras / Shrove Tuesday / Carnival time, which really means that Ash Wednesday is tomorrow.  As musicians, Lent often means picking up an extra service or two, singing very different repertoire than the rest of the year, and for the observant, giving things up. That’s the thing about the first supposedly-post-COVID Lenten season:  … Read more

Who’s confused?

With Southern California experiencing an actual burst of winter (if brief and still mild) and government bodies updating health restrictions with a dizzying yet understandable mixture of hope and caution, no one would blame you if you look like the RCA dog right now. But things are looking up, as you can see from the … Read more

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