Still time to go “très opératique” for National Opera Week

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights OPERA America‘s widespread celebration of all things opera officially runs through November 6th, but around here, we celebrate the genre every day.  If you’d like to partake of a little something to mark the occasion, however, here are just a few suggestions in … Read more

Taking LA’s new music scene into a bright future

Composer group’s new pilot project feeds on existing and rekindled enthusiasm. An invited steering committee of about forty artists met in Pasadena on Saturday 10/29, in the first of what will hopefully be a string of open, visionary discussions hosted by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Composers Forum (ACF-LA).  This event is the … Read more

Look closely, as “hidden” vocals abound!

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights An important tip for finding wonderful vocal events? Don’t ignore the organizations that are usually more instrumentally-focused. Here are three events you might have missed, with splendid vocals presented by orchestral and chamber orgs: Saturday evening, LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs their … Read more

Word music: Synchromy coming to Boston Court 7/17

Synchromy is a fairly rare bird in the classical realm.  Sure, there are plenty of composer groups that present their own events to spotlight their work.  But after just a few years, this hardy collaborative has already outlived most groups of its kind, and continues to receive critical acclaim for their vibrant concerts, creative presentation … Read more

Review: Synchromy turns romance on its head — Blue Whale, 2/15/15

It all started with Simple Daylight.  John Harbison originally wrote the antithetical songs about love for Dawn Upshaw in 1998, with acerbic texts from his friend Michael Fried.  The songs stand out in any program, and sparked a new and fruitful collaboration when composer Jason Barabba heard soprano Justine Aronson sing the cycle last year.  … Read more

Love and singing are everywhere

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! The annual lovefest comes with ready-made romance (or not) in nearly every vocal form, so hang on to your hats: Figaro continues to take over the Southland with a staging of The Guilty Mother, Beaumarchais’ third and final … Read more

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