Bringing it all together

One of the things Vox Femina does best is that they excel at combining very different elements in their themed performances. This Sunday, they’ll do it again with ” Our Children, Our Hope“, a program that centers around what moms want for their kiddos. This intimately themed concert takes place in a big space, First … Read more

C3LA’s ‘House of Usher’ bridges a 90-year gap

This post has been corrected since its original version.  Please see the note after the program listings toward the end.  Thanks!   The Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles (aka C3LA) brought us the second of two spooky performances on Friday night, October 26th, as they sang original a cappella music over a screening of the … Read more

Review: LA Master Chorale launches season at full throttle with Mozart and Kirchner pairing

It was another sold-out evening on September 23rd, and the excitement was palpable. Even on the Los Angeles Master Chorale‘s second night of the season, it felt like a gala or the night of a grand premiere. But the massive crowd settled into their seats at some length, and after a quick and gregarious intro by … Read more

Out from the deep, Pittance wows

On Saturday night, June 16, Pittance Chamber Music delighted the attendees at the Pasadena Music Conservatory, with a lively evening of rarely-heard classical works. The ensemble, made up of members of the L.A. Opera orchestra and chorus who are often only heard from down in the orchestra pit, rose up and demonstrated their unique musical gifts. Hearing … Read more

Pasadena Master Chorale reaches across the Pond with ‘The English Cathedral’

If Los Angeles is indeed undergoing a cultural renaissance, the strength of that renaissance is seen in the level of excellence in the great multitude of regional choirs. Among the very best stand the Pasadena Master Chorale, under the direction of Jeffrey Bernstein. Under his direction, the PMC has blossomed into one of the finest … Read more

The Democratic Voice of the L.A. Master Chorale and Brahms’ Requiem

It’s been said that Los Angeles is in the middle of a cultural renaissance, and that the best art in the world is being produced right here. What some might not realize is that one of the finest choral ensembles in the world has been here for over 50 years. But it can be argued … Read more

Afternoon fun with the Buffs

The Opera Buffs are an unusual gem in the Los Angeles crown, and oh, how much they do for emerging singers!  This small, passionate non-profit raises money to DIRECTLY support young opera singers, dispensing mini-grants to cover the wide variety of expenses that come with a burgeoning career: travel, gowns and tuxedos, lessons and coaching, … Read more

Three by three makes more than a Pittance

Pittance Chamber Music is an unusual venture. Borne of the passions of various players and behind-the-scenes folks at LA Opera and led and emcee’d by artistic director Lisa Sutton, this creative and enthusiastic group brings considerable vitality and expertise to a project that they’re genuinely excited about. This is one of the wonders of seeing … Read more

Art and artist collide with Handel for LAMC’s ‘Israel in Egypt’

It was heartwarming to see a nearly full house at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday night (Feb 11), with very few empty seats and fewer latecomers coming to hear the Los Angeles Master Chorale and their excellent orchestra. The audience was unusually pumped, discussing the image already projected on the hall’s giant screen behind … Read more

“Open-hearted singing”: Tonality’s latest concert

by Ian Perry Walker, Lister reviewer This holiday season, as we gather together to share gifts, food, or simply to share stories and warmth, it is important for us to think of those less fortunate, those that suffer, those that find themselves without a home. Then, we need to look at the world directly around … Read more

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