The Democratic Voice of the L.A. Master Chorale and Brahms’ Requiem

It’s been said that Los Angeles is in the middle of a cultural renaissance, and that the best art in the world is being produced right here. What some might not realize is that one of the finest choral ensembles in the world has been here for over 50 years. But it can be argued … Read more

LA Opera announces 2018-19 season

  LA Opera has announced its lineup for next season, and it looks like a significant upgrade from the relatively safe fare they’ve been offering the last couple of years.  There are some safe bets, with the requisite hefty dose of artistic director Plácido Domingo in two of the six mainstage productions, as well and the … Read more

Big season coming for LA Master Chorale

With momentum growing and vision expanding, the Los Angeles Master Chorale has announced their 2017-18 season, featuring several unusual events and landmark projects.  With ticket subscriptions starting at just $111, this is a good year to claim your regular seats. Press release follows. LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE TO EXPAND ITS REACH BEYOND WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL … Read more

Real raw opera at REDCAT

LA Opera‘s latest jaunt into challenging contemporary opera is making waves, as the world premiere of David Lang‘s Anatomy Theater opens Thursday, and gets four more performances through Monday, the last of which is followed by a free after-party hosted by Time Out Los Angeles. The opera was mentioned in last week’s issue of CCMN, but … Read more

Critical loss and a week of major drama

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights The SoCal music community was rocked this week by the news that the OC Register has laid off highly respected music critic TIMOTHY MANGAN (right) after nearly twenty years, citing “restructuring”. They gave him no notice: he was on his way to review … 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

LA Master Chorale’s 2016-17 season chock full of big-name splash

Big news aplenty for LA Master Chorale today:  their season announcement is peppered with big names and exciting announcements, and outlines a very busy schedule.  For now, we’ll let the press release speak for itself: [Press release] LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE LED BY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR GRANT GERSHON ANNOUNCES 2016-17 SEASON AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL … Read more

No difficulties as LBO reprises a hit

In perhaps their best yet, Long Beach Opera‘s reprise of David Lang‘s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (debuted at LBO in 2011) is an astonishing triumph and an exemplary exercise in out-of-the-box thinking. The minimalist score and orchestration for string quartet (executed with energetic style by the first-class Lyris Quartet, right) make good use … Read more

Where shall we go today?**

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   What to do, what to do?  There may not be as many blocks on the calendar this week, but there are big things happening: SONGFEST wraps up on Friday with several concerts today and tomorrow.  In case you’ve been hiding away, … Read more

LAMC at 50 – A perfect unity of tradition and innovation

The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) marked the end of their 50th anniversary in style with a concert of world premieres on Sunday, June 8. Long known for their ability to bring a refined sound to the warhorses of concert repertoire, they showed their ultimate flexibility in sound with a final concert of modern music. Music … Read more

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