The arts are starting to wake up a bit

With changes in California’s state policies and the cautious reopening of a few iconic venues (who’s heading to Hollywood Bowl this summer?), performing arts presenters are finally starting to see the light at the end of that long, dark tunnel. Foundations and service organizations are looking around for attitudes and answers, with multiple surveys (big … Read more

Kanye, opera débutant

Our admittedly snarky tweet last week, commenting on the sudden arrival of an opera by none other than Kanye West, was more a reaction to his recent interview with Joel Osteen than anything else. Be warned: self-identify as the greatest artist ever, and we’re likely to respond. News flash: Opera's long drought of sizable egos … Read more

Bowl report: What’s up in Hollywood this summer?

Single tickets for the Hollywood Bowl went live in early May, so if you haven’t grabbed the seats you want, it would be wise to get moving. To help you maneuver the extensive schedule through the time-honored favorites like the Playboy Jazz Fest, movie-themed events like the annual Sound of Music sing-along and fandom-milking Harry Potter events, and stunt-casting spectacles … Read more

A new requiem, a TED/opera connection, and music everywhere

Vocal focus in the summertime* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights July has been particularly busy this year, with opera, festival performances, choral music and just about anything else you can think of. You can even have a piece of it for your library: This coming weekend, check out the season finale … Read more

All hail queen Opera

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights There’s plenty of everything in the next couple of weeks, but opera reigns in the summertime: OPERA NEO launches their summer festival and workshop in San Diego, offers two very different programs over the next two weekends, with four performances each:  First, … Read more

Summer is coming… you need a picnic blanket!

Get a free Hollywood Bowl picnic blanket! Angelenos love any excuse to throw a blanket on the grass, and we have the blanket for you! This summer, LA Phil is partnering with their favorite places to picnic by giving away a limited-edition Hollywood Bowl blanket, the perfect complement to any picnic. Simply show your METRO … Read more

New seasons announced for Hollywood Bowl and LA Opera

Two recently announced season schedules in SoCal are causing some stir: LA Opera‘s 2015-16 season will start with a double bill featuring Placido Domingo singing the title role in the Woody Allen-directed Gianni Schicchi and conducting Pagliacci, with productions drawn raves in previous seasons.  While the star power a doppio seems a good start, reception of … Read more

Summer festivals in full swing

  Music over matter = personal climate control For those staying in SoCal for at least part of the summer months, you will not be without concertgoing options: We’ve already covered some of the festivals currently underway, and there are certainly others that are more instrument-oriented, but we thought a quick run-down of local sources … Read more

[Updated] Vocal best of the fests

It never fails — we work so hard to get through the season that the summer festivals are on top of us before we know it.  In the interest of planning ahead (and tooting our own horn in the process), here’s a quick-and-dirty guide to the series and festivals that make summer music special.  Click … Read more

Big, splashy Beethoven at the Bowl

The LA Phil’s summer season opens with Slatkin, LAMC and a host of extras     It’s not “hidden”, but it doesn’t get much better than this:  Leonard Slatkin at the podium, video projections by Herman Kolgen, the LA Master Chorale, and a quartet of soloists including: Rachel Willis-Sørensen. soprano Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano Gordon Gietz. … Read more

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