The voice we won’t forget: Marni Nixon, 1930-2016

The singing world of nearly every genre drew a deep sigh of sadness this week, as news of the death of legendary singer Marni Nixon traveled around the world. While most of the world will remember Marni as the voice from behind the scenes, dubbing songs for Deborah Kerr in The King and I; Audrey Hepburn in My … Read more

Summer serials, no milk required

Vocal focus in the summertime* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights When the heat is on, classical music gets serial. No, for the spelling-challenged (or for those assuming I’m beset by an overconfident Autocorrect feature, which has been known to happen), we are not talking about breakfast food. The summer series is … Read more

Ending in the middle

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights There’s something electric about this transition between spring and summer, when the heat is building up, the main season is wrapping up, and tunes are swirling through Southern California like a frenzied last gasp. It’s an annual ritual that is easy to … Read more

Music Academy of the West shows off this year’s song talent

The annual Marilyn Horne Song Competition is a fierce and inspiring ritual, and the event’s 2015 winners will perform in Santa Barbara on Monday night, showing their stuff in grand style.  Baritone Benjamin Dickerson and pianist Alden Gatt serve up a recital of Brahms, Poulenc, Rachmaninoff and Vaughn Williams, and repeat the program in New York … Read more

Summer stages bursting with song

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights For hot fun in the summertime, there’s a surprising amount of opera going on, much to our delight: Last week’s aforementioned Tsar’s Bride from INDEPENDENT OPERA COMPANY is reported to have been a lovely foray into the Russian classics.  (Watch the Singerpreneur … Read more

Seasonal shift

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights The season is wrapping up, with finales, festivals and fine music, everywhere you look! CCMN will be released every two weeks through the summer, so this is the first double issue of the off-season.  However, with so much packed into the next … Read more

June goes big, with a bit of everything

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Relishing the last days of the season, the next couple of weeks will trot out one great choral work after another.  Look for finales from INSPIRAVI, the METROPOLITAN MASTER CHORALE and the FESTIVAL SINGERS; a restrospective for HOLLYWOOD MASTER CHORALE; and Brahms’ … Read more

The early days

  Scholars and performers join forces to unearth songs from Liszt’s youth Franz Liszt was the “it” boy of his day — one of the world’s first international superstars, known for his virtuosity on the piano, his spectacular compositions, and his personal style.  Think Clooney.  Pitt.  Perhaps an Adam Levine.  Think covers of People, posters … Read more

Music around the holidays

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Yes, the Lister calendar for Saturday is (nearly) empty. For those of you not partaking of the Jewish High Holy Days, you may not know that October 4 is Yom Kippur this year, an all-day atonement tradition that keeps an enormous number … Read more

Jubilant July

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights July is rich with vocal music goodies!  This weekend brings another ‘Amici della Musica‘ from CENTER STAGE OPERA, a concert from INSPIRAVI CHAMBER CHOIR (with a reputation growing like mad), and the ALL-AMERICAN BOYS CHORUS.  See the calendar for the 411. On … Read more

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