Taking Stockhausen to the stage: Long Beach Opera

Long Beach Opera launches new production of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ‘Stimmung’, a revered but controversial a cappella choral work from 1968. The show runs March 19-27, 2022 in Long Beach.

Small cast, big performances and beautiful pictures make LBO’s ‘Frida’ a can’t-miss treat

The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach was the venue for Long Beach Opera‘s latest production of Robert Xavier Rodriguez‘s opera Frida, based on the life of painter Frida Kahlo. Before the performance, the audience had the chance to view exhibits at the museum, and then went outside to the sculpture garden for … Read more

Opera in full color

Undeniably one of the most colorful, groundbreaking and tragic figures in art history, Frida Kahlo has been the subject of numerous books, films, and now operas.  One of the latest stage endeavors about the iconic artist opens this weekend at Long Beach Opera, with five performances in two locations (Long Beach’s Museum of Latin American … Read more

Any excuse for great music

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Happy Groundhog Day! Today is also the birthday of legendary Swedish tenor Jussi Björling, making this week an extra-special time to enjoy classic operas. It’s never too early to get kids interested in classical music, and while LA OPERA’s Figaro’s American Adventure is quite … Read more

Pirates, romance… and a little football

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   A tip for culture fiends who haven’t been paying attention: This Sunday is indeed the day of the Super Bowl, and this year’s teams are the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. (Go Broncos!) For those not so into the gridiron, … Read more

Pasadena Master Chorale’s Brahms Requiem

by Norge Yip, Lister reviewer Pasadena Master Chorale presented the fifth concert of its current season on June 14, performing Brahms’ Requiem at the First United Methodist Church in Pasadena. More than 300 attendees left the cool summer evening and entered a space where the warmth and still air verged on being uncomfortable, but all of that … Read more

LA Master Chorale soars through two world premieres with ‘Songs of Ascent’, 3/8/15

Attending a concert of the Los Angeles Master Chorale is about the closest thing to a rock concert experience you’ll find in classical music.  We almost expect to hear conductor Grant Gershon cry, “Hello, Cleveland!” when he first turns to greet us.  Few artistic organizations enjoy such a fervent following, and for good reason:  most … Read more

¡Figaro! (90210) is an Address for Success

by Bryan Dahl, Guest Contributor ¡Figaro! (90210) was on many levels a glorious and incomparable triumph. Though it sold out each of its four shows, and the fourth a late addition, don’t fret too much if you couldn’t get tickets in time.  There will very likely be an opportunity to see it again. Superbly conceived … Read more

Hidden Gem: Page to wall to “Off the Walls”

USC’s ‘Visions and Voices’ series brings art, literature and song together Performers of art song tend to be very tuned-in to the power of words.  This may seem like an obvious statement, but many recitalists have expressed a sense of wonder about a new piece that speaks to them — great songs make the words … Read more

Not really quiet

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights With just a few events, it’s still a big, beautiful week: Classical Revolution LA and Opera On Tap LA  join forces for the first time on Saturday night — these are two groups that regularly perform classical music and opera in bars … Read more

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