Blame it on the spring: Music sings in every style imaginable this week

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   Tonight marks the start of the 6th annual HearNow Music Festival, a newish SoCal tradition that has proven some serious impact.  This year the organization is partnering with UCLA PHILHARMONIA to present orchestral work, including special commissions, launching the fest with … Read more

O for applause

Someone commented recently that in my reviews, I don’t often say whether or not there was a standing ovation after a concert or opera.  This is true, but it’s not due to a lack of observation or interest, but rather a result of my own ongoing frustration with modern audiences. As Lauri’s List is primarily … 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

On and on

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights It may be summer, but of course the music doesn’t stop! Starting Friday night, INDEPENDENT OPERA COMPANY launches Tsar’s Bride, a fairly rarely-seen opera rich in the Russian opera tradition.  (We’ll have a review on the blog next week.) Click here This … 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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