Happy Halloween!

Boo humbug! I used to believe that Halloween isn’t for everyone. But as the holiday seems to get bigger every year, it’s clear I was wrong. There are hundreds of ways to celebrate this unique holiday, that celebrates very old traditions instead of commemorating a single event or individual. This year, we see arts organizations … Read more

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

Two films (sort of) about singing, Part 1

Lauri reviews Amazon’s “Annette”, a difficult film that includes a lot of singing and poses many problems as it creates a glorious cinematic journey.

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

An announcement about our community review program

We have shared this announcement with our reviewer team, a group on long hiatus due to…well, you know. But we must announce to all that we’re putting our Community Review Program on hiatus, perhaps permanently. As this has been just part of our ongoing coverage of the arts, let’s explain: While arts orgs are hesitantly … Read more

“Very Special Arts” going online this year

The Music Center’s annual festival, rather than shutting down as the pandemic continues, will be available as a virtual experience in April, making it possible to not only continue an important decades-old tradition, but to open up the festival and its workshops and activities to a wider public audience. Please help spread the word about … Read more

Rebirth for unSUNg

In case you haven’t heard, the little concert series that we started in 2013 is going through a sort of renaissance right now, and we’re about to launch our very first fundraiser so that this project can continue long into the future. Ariel Pisturino has taken on the role of artistic director as of early … Read more

Winding with the road

Staying up almost involuntarily to binge The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, and reveling in the beauty of every bit, reminds me of an essential truth for anyone who seeks to create indelible experiences: following a story through twists and turns, and truly committing to every part of it, is one of the most satisfying ways … 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

Virtual arts — Online stuff for keeping the faith alive

Here’s the good news: While we don’t know yet what’s coming or how the COVID-19 quarantine will affect our future in the arts, there are lots of people out there, including us, building programs and resources to help you get through this. For now, here are a few of the resources we’ve found so far. … Read more

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