Bernstein, dance opera and great big ships coming in June

  In an unusual pairing, LA’s own Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre joins forces with LA Opera in June, to offer a dancing, singing tribute to the great Leonard Bernstein in his centenary year.  But they’re not stopping at mere collaboration:  they’re bring the historic “tall ships” at San Pedro Harbor into the action, with the … 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

Kate Bass travels through music with “Songs of the Open Road”

Two of the hallmarks of a great singerpreneur are versatility and gumption, and we especially love it when our Listers go out and build original projects that show off those very traits. This week brings a new album from one of those remarkable members — the copper-topped Kate Bass, whose background includes top-level vocal training at Mannes, the … Read more

POP adds operatic premiere by Brooke deRosa to fall lineup

This just in! One of our Listers (pictured right) has been writing like crazy, and one of SoCal’s most popular regional troupes has grabbed the chance to produce the premiere of her opera. The Monkey’s Paw. They’ll pair it with Menotti’s The Medium for a unique Halloween double bill, with six performances in two very hip locations.  Congrats to … Read more

Newfound verve drives San Diego Opera’s next season

From the southern end of the Southland, we hear tell of pirates, two composers’ last operas, two works set in South America, a starry recital, and a new venue in the mix — all definite signs that one of SoCal’s cherished endeavors is more than just “alive and kicking”. Continuing their trek back from the near-dead … Read more

Soundin’ good for 332…

With J.S. Bach’s birthday rounding the bend again on March 21st, Bach in the Subways is back, bringing the wigged master’s tunes to urban nooks and crannies all over the world, proving that centuries later, the old guy can still inspire, excited and move audiences of all types. This mammoth event has a big footprint in … Read more

… and a-one, and a-two…

The Industry, an iconoclast opera company based in Los Angeles that is changing the genre, returns this weekend with not only their annual showcase of new operatic bites, but an updated look at Bonnie and Clyde, the progressing work by Andrew McIntosh and Melinda Rice. Friday’s performance of “First Take”, a series of six new … Read more

Kristallnacht service brings Jewish music to light as German tradition

Kristallnacht, or “The Night of Broken Glass” is one of the most profound horrors of the last century, an event that rocked Berlin and the surrounding communities, regardless of race and religion.  It took place on November 9-10, 1938, and remains vivid in the minds of many. This Friday, Beth Shalom of Whittier will host a … Read more

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