Vocal splendor in a trio of events

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights This is a very quick round-up this week, but do check out the following vocal happenings around town: CENTER STAGE OPERA gets romantic just in time for Valentine’s Day. Catch charming duo BENJAMIN BUNSOLD and MELINDA EHRLICH as Roméo et Juliette in Gounod’s unforgettably beautiful … Read more

A delightful tale of a servant and her prince… glass slippers and fairy godmothers not included

by Yayra Sanchez, Lister Reviewer On September 17th, Center Stage Opera (CSO) kicked off their 12th Season with a production of Gioachino Rossini’s masterpiece, La Cenerentola. The Performing Arts Center of Reseda High School became the setting for this marvelous tale as the audience found their seats, eager to enjoy the adaptation of this beloved … Read more

Choral splendor, champagne and talking about opera

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Choral music is back, with two very different programs from newish and very vigorous local ensembles, both kicking off their new seasons on Sunday: Diving fully into the sacred, LA CHORAL LAB runs the gamut from old to new, with hymns, spirituals and … Read more

Summer serials, no milk required

Vocal focus in the summertime* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights When the heat is on, classical music gets serial. No, for the spelling-challenged (or for those assuming I’m beset by an overconfident Autocorrect feature, which has been known to happen), we are not talking about breakfast food. The summer series is … Read more

Ending in the middle

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights There’s something electric about this transition between spring and summer, when the heat is building up, the main season is wrapping up, and tunes are swirling through Southern California like a frenzied last gasp. It’s an annual ritual that is easy to … Read more

Opera loves Broadway: Two events branch beyond the opera stage

There’s a feeling of familial connection between the operatic world and that of the Great White Way. Bound together by stagecraft and long traditions, it’s not surprising that many operatic performers also work in musical theater.  Two of our local companies have gathered excellent local casts for tributes to the sister genre, making this week … Read more

An expat trio, music for healing, and opera everywhere

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Decisions, decisions… the next few weeks are packed! Making the rounds this weekend in their mini-tour as Beverly Hills Audition winners, the EUROPEAN CONCERT TRIO will be in Encinitas, Torrance and Beverly Hills on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. This unusual combo … Read more

Seasonal shift

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights The season is wrapping up, with finales, festivals and fine music, everywhere you look! CCMN will be released every two weeks through the summer, so this is the first double issue of the off-season.  However, with so much packed into the next … Read more

Center Stage Opera’s ‘Carmen’ takes Seville… to the Madrid, and with style

by Carolyn Val-Schmidt, guest reviewer Olé to the Center Stage Opera’s Carmen, which was magnifíque! The San Fernando Valley’s Madrid Theatre was packed with enthusiastic audience members for the final production of their 2014-2015 season and the culmination of the 10th year for the diverse and growing company. Co-artistic director Dylan Thomas directed and stage managed this snappy presentation, … Read more

June goes big, with a bit of everything

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Relishing the last days of the season, the next couple of weeks will trot out one great choral work after another.  Look for finales from INSPIRAVI, the METROPOLITAN MASTER CHORALE and the FESTIVAL SINGERS; a restrospective for HOLLYWOOD MASTER CHORALE; and Brahms’ … Read more

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