Ninth and Washington

It’s not an address, but it is an intersection. It’s the balls-out season opener from LA Chamber Orchestra, in which artistic director Jaime Martín pairs Beethoven’s beloved Symphony No. 9 (“Choral”), with the West Coast premiere of Both, a newly commissioned orchestral work by enigmatic composer Shelley Washington. It is Washington’s own life’s duality that … Read more

October download

You’ve all heard us harangue you about how much every performer needs a website. It’s true, and I’m standing my ground. You really do need one. But here’s a little tool that can actually help you get started. Our conversations with various Listers over the years have shown that one of the biggest stumbling blocks … Read more

Day for the Indigenous

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Those who came before finally have a day of their own, and arts organizations are thankfully putting more consistent commitment into honoring those whose land is now occupied by performing arts centers, offices, churches and wherever you’re doing your stuff. You’ve probably heard people recognize the original inhabitants of the … Read more

KUSC offers first Spanish stream

Because this is an English-language blog (and I assure you, mi español es horrible), we share this excellent announcement from KUSC’s newsletter, in English. The stream is available in both languages, however, and can be streamed at any time. It’s a terrific opportunity to expand your horizons and we applaud the station’s ongoing efforts to … Read more

Never give up your BRAVADO

As someone who grew up thinking of herself as outgoing and easy to get along with, it seems strange now as I have to acknowledge so much anxiety and insecurity… even in an age where “anxiety” seems to be the buzzword of the day, with stigma (thankfully) removed. Upon reflection, this isn’t that surprising. We … Read more

Pumpkins optional

As the world suddenly fills up with pumpkin spice everything, apple pies, and people who are already decorating for Halloween, it may seem like the only thing autumnal about SoCal right now is the flavors and air fresheners we choose. But looking at the events calendar, we see another story: we’re already seeing grand opera, … Read more

Podcast: Jumping In Too Soon

In this editorial episode of The Singerpreneur Podcast, Lauri talks about launching that very podcast more than a year before she was really ready, and shares at least six valuable lessons in timing and creativity that were gleaned from that experience. Now that the podcast is moving and we’re posting regularly, please do let us … Read more

What are these holiday things?

Yesterday was Patriot Day, and of course the Jewish High Holidays are coming up later this month. While most of this month’s big holidays are not necessarily intended as fun-loving days off, they are moments to acknowledge what’s meaningful and profound in our lives.  I hope you’ll get to take advantage (or at least take … Read more

Performers are laborers, too

It’s Labor Day! This is a holiday that is “celebrated”, most often with burgers, hotdogs, sales on patio furniture and beating-the-heat summer fun, but is actually little acknowledged for its true purpose: it was established in the 19th century, to recognize the contributions of workers, and mark an awareness of the simple fact that some … Read more

Havin’ a heat wave

To state the obvious… It’s hot! …and it’ll only get hotter over the weekend. Labor Day marks the unofficial beginning of “the season”, and this year’s furnacelike reminder of climate change will launch us into our artistic new year with a bang or a whimper. (You do have some say in which it is, btw.) … Read more

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