The master and a made-up prodigal

As great as Johann Sebastian Bach was, he is somehow made greater when we make fun of him. So when composer and master wiseacre Peter Schickele made up yet another offspring for the Baroque master more than five decades ago, then built an astonishing oeuvre of well-crafted and remarkably clever satirical works in a wide … Read more

H20, haunted tunes, and the big ball

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Coril Prochnow’s Weekly Highlights (Our guest columnist again this week!)   It was a treat to get a light rainfall in the Southland this week, but for some heavy-duty Purple Rain, take a trip to Chula Vista on Friday 10/21 at 7:30 pm, or to San Diego on Sunday, … Read more

Awash in choral color

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Great choral music is like a well-textured painting, and can range in scale from exquisite miniatures to grand canvases worthy of Jacques-Louis David. (See his Oath of the Horatii above.)  This week, several beloved and revered choral works are taking center stage, … Read more

Spring in twos and threes

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   Assuming you all survived the hurricane of music that is Easter, we can now settle in for the musical wonder that is springtime. It all starts with a coincidental series of events that seem to fall into twos and threes: First … Read more

Retro fauna drama with Chorale Bel Canto

Chorale Bel Canto and Redlands Opera Theatre hit the stage with an unusual program from eras past   Mythical beasts 101: What do a horse with a horn, a snake-haired witch and a human-faced lion with a scorpion’s tail have in common? Why, composer Gian-Carlo Menotti, of course! Catch a selection of classic opera choruses … Read more

Fall in full bloom

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   Oh, the plethora… ‘Mission Music’ in, and with, a mission:  DE ANGELIS VOCAL ENSEMBLE kicks off their 10th season with historic music from California’s rich and diverse early heritage.  Presented on Saturday afternoon in the beautiful basilica at the mission in … Read more

Adieus… et bonjours!

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights June tends to contain a lot of farewells, as seasons comes to a close, school lets out for the summer, and all sorts of people leave the usual behind in search of a little vacation adventure.  The next two weeks are fraught … Read more

Bach and the minimalists

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights The choices are many and wide-ranging this week, so let’s draw attention to just a few: The birthday celebrations are in full swing, but of course, there’s always room for more Bach:  Another annual Bach fest is being hosted by Whittier College, … Read more

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