SFCV’s readers heap praise on SoCal artists

In just a few years, San Francisco Classical Voice has proven itself one of the best sources of arts news on the West Coast, and their annual Audience Choice Awards give readers in the Bay Area and in SoCal a chance to point to what (and who) they love most. This year’s Los Angeles area … Read more

Jaime Martín named new baton for LA Chamber Orchestra

Just a year and a half after the announcement that Jeffrey Kahane was stepping down, LA Chamber Orchestra has ended their extensive international search and identified their new music chief.  Jaime Martín, the Spanish-born conductor will take the helm starting in 2019, and the buzz is good.  We’ll have more information for you after next Friday’s press event, but … Read more

Diverse new 2018-19 season announced for LA Chamber Orchestra

  The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra may not have announced their new artistic director yet, but next year’s line-up has plenty to get excited about.  Among their vocal-related programs, watch for Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Michelle DeYoung; Mozart’s Requiem paired with a co-commission by Bryce Dessner and featuring mezzo Kelley O’Connor; and a grand season finale … Read more

LACO mixes it up

Here’s an event with a little bit of lots of things:  LA Chamber Orchestra welcomes pianist Jon Kimura Parker and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke (pictured) as guest artists, premieres a new work by locally-based but rising composer Julia Adolphe, and follows up with works by the big guys:  Handel, Mozart, Brahms and Mahler. The new commission is … Read more

Last chances and first looks

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights With so many event runs already in progress (see “Continuing” below), let’s look at a few newbies on the calendar this week: In a week that boasts new planets and heady interplanetary wonderings, the LOS ANGELES ZIMRIYAH CHORALE couldn’t be more timely with … Read more

opera… Opera…. OPERA!

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights We’re surrounded, and it’s a beautiful thing. Make sure these are on your radar: LONG BEACH OPERA continues their run of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, in a new adaptation by CULTURE CLASH and LBO’s truly fearless leader, ANDREAS MITISEK. This is a company … Read more

Two new seasons announced for 2017-18

We’re deferring to arts blogger compatriot CK Dexter Haven today: his All is Yar blog (which should be on your regular reading list) covers two recent announcements we hadn’t gotten to yet: LA Opera announces rest of 2017/18 season LA Chamber Orchestra announces 2017/18 season You might also want to check out this recent article: More about LA Opera: … Read more

Choral splendor, champagne and talking about opera

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Choral music is back, with two very different programs from newish and very vigorous local ensembles, both kicking off their new seasons on Sunday: Diving fully into the sacred, LA CHORAL LAB runs the gamut from old to new, with hymns, spirituals and … Read more

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

LACO dreams in glorious technicolor

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by Jeffrey Kahane, is certainly one of the darlings of the SoCal arts scene, and the concert on October 19 showed off many of the reasons why: Everything about this organization shows thoughtful management and a true love of art.  The performers dress with casual flair.  The quality of … Read more

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