“20 for 20” celebrates two decades for Hollywood Master Chorale

The audience began applauding as soon as the first singers filed into position on the steps at the front of the sanctuary of the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church. Without any introduction, Artistic director and conductor Dr. Lauren Buckley Schaer launched the Hollywood Master Chorale into a rousing rendition of Zion’s Walls from Aaron Copland’s Old … Read more

Colburn recital shows soprano’s classical side

by Jenna Friedman, guest contributor Multi-faceted soprano Lauren Carter came to the Colburn School’s Thayer Hall last week, with a recital of classical favorites. Entering the stage with her pianist, Anne Lise Longuemare, she cheerfully greeted her waiting audience and launched into Mozart’s “Deh, vieni non tardar” from Le Nozze di Figaro, bringing the character … Read more

Two maverick composers wrap LAMC’s finale in splendor

A Soviet-trained Estonian and a USC grad from Reno, Arvo Pärt and Eric Whitacre couldn’t be much more different.  But the parallels within their music and in their audiences are astonishing, as both composers have risen to enviable heights of fame, in and out of the classical community.  They both write music that is easily … Read more

Katie Campbell, ‘End of the Beginning’

Katie Campbell at Boston Court, 7/30/11 CD Release Party – End of the Beginning by Amy Engelhardt Katie Campbell is a freshly uncorked bottle of champagne.  The excitement of the initial pop, the giggly bubble as it pours into a glass, the raised eyebrows when you lift the potion to your lips, and the fizzy … Read more

‘The Manly Men of Opera’ from ROC

A recital by eight bass singers associated with the Repertory Opera Company — July 2, 2011 By Bruce Wright Singers like to joke about the types of roles traditionally associated with various types of voices. Some lament their limitations, while others delight in the rich tradition, descended from the commedia dell’arte, of stock characters brought vividly … Read more

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