Very now, very local: Hear Now Festival returns for a 5th year

Collaborating with a diverse group of composers and presenting well-known regional performers, the Hear Now Music Festival is coming up with three days of contemporary classical (with premieres galore), May 1-3.  The festival is crafted in the spirit of building community and supporting one another (just what we love to see, of course), and this … Read more

No difficulties as LBO reprises a hit

In perhaps their best yet, Long Beach Opera‘s reprise of David Lang‘s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (debuted at LBO in 2011) is an astonishing triumph and an exemplary exercise in out-of-the-box thinking. The minimalist score and orchestration for string quartet (executed with energetic style by the first-class Lyris Quartet, right) make good use … Read more

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