Three wishes for a stellar season

Southern California Vocal Events from Jim Eninger’s Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter from the South Bay “Three Wishes” — LAURI D GOLDENHERSH’s Weekly Highlights We’re back! It’s great to be back, and with such a gorgeous season laid out ahead of us! Here are my first three picks of the season: This Sunday, the Huntington Beach … Read more

Pacific Symphony offers glimpse of 2018-19 season

Four decades in, Pacific Symphony is going strong and gearing up for another season, and their next lineup was announced on their blog earlier this week.  Their programming is, as iron-tongued Lisa Hirsch pointed out in the comments, decidedly male-leaning, with not a female composer in sight.  Considering the current gender-focused climate nationwide and big … Read more

Bernstein, dance opera and great big ships coming in June

  In an unusual pairing, LA’s own Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre joins forces with LA Opera in June, to offer a dancing, singing tribute to the great Leonard Bernstein in his centenary year.  But they’re not stopping at mere collaboration:  they’re bring the historic “tall ships” at San Pedro Harbor into the action, with 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

Hello December… with a lot of holiday (and other) music

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   With December in full swing, the holidays are here with a vengeance. These events may not yet be on your radar this year, but are definitely worth a look: The holidays are really for kids, regardless of the age that “kid” may … Read more

Protesting ‘Akhnaten’; less arts coverage on Wall Street; and creativity as sanity

Arts Catch-Up:  News through 11/7/16 It’s National Opera Week!  Have you entertained enough deep thoughts about opera this week?  Do you feel that you’ve pondered your art form sufficiently? Anybody know a good joke or two?  Here are a few stories to help get the conversation started: Arts in the Media “The Wall Street Journal … Read more

LBO’s ‘Candide’ ensemble revels in utopian farce

Long Beach Opera strives to make their seasons accessible and engaging, and the recent production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is a shining example of that commitment. Staged in the cozy Center Theater in Long Beach, the show brought out the best of Bernstein’s music and comedic farce. Updating productions can be a tricky proposal. Many shows … Read more

The “Season season” has begun with LA Opera: Let the announcements begin!

Let the season announcements begin! LA Opera is one of the first to ante up with their offerings for the 2016-17 season. The upcoming season constitutes a significant uptick in adventure in some ways, as we’re currently in the middle of a fairly safe, if enjoyable, “greatest hits” run (with the exception of the excellent Moby-Dick, of course). The … Read more

Long Beach Opera opens 2016 season with Bernstein’s ‘Candide’

[Press release] “Glitter and Be Gay” CANDIDE A Journey through “The Best of All Possible Worlds” Long Beach, CA, December 18, 2015―On January 23 and 30, 2016, Long Beach Opera (LBO) presents composer Leonard Bernstein’s satiric romp Candide at the Center Theater in Long Beach, CA. The eclectic score mixes everything from Viennese waltzes to … Read more

An artist’s courage in the face of horror

Leonard Bernstein was an icon in many ways, and in the days after President John F. Kennedy was shot, he was eloquent in a way that rings true now, in the wake of last week’s events: Read more about Bernstein’s response to that fateful day in this article by Christopher Buchenholz. “This will be our response … Read more

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