Three wishes: Where to go this week

“Three Wishes” — Southern California Vocal Events LAURI D GOLDENHERSH’s Weekly Highlights from theClickable Chamber Music Newsletter What shall we hear this week? There are plenty of unusual choices, from four tenors from Italia, to streaming Puccini from the Met, to classic operas from Vineyard Touring Opera and Landmark Opera. Check the calendar for plenty … Read more

We knew it. Choral music needs more beer!

Mash-ups from arts presenters are often hit or miss, but this one seems to have serious potential: for drawing new audiences, for changing the concertgoing experience, and even for simply bringing more joy to the process. Three OC arts presenters are joining forces with the Beer Choir national organizers to create something unique and intriguing … 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

Busy, busy Lister

Tenor and conductor Nate Widelitz first became part of the Listerhood just after he finished his bachelor’s degree at USC, and then his active career and educational aspirations took him on an international adventure including a year in Bulgaria, studying folk music; grad school at Yale; and teaching music on the East Coast.  But since … Read more

Bowl report: What’s up in Hollywood this summer?

Single tickets for the Hollywood Bowl went live in early May, so if you haven’t grabbed the seats you want, it would be wise to get moving. To help you maneuver the extensive schedule through the time-honored favorites like the Playboy Jazz Fest, movie-themed events like the annual Sound of Music sing-along and fandom-milking Harry Potter events, and stunt-casting spectacles … Read more

Passing the torch at Pacific Chorale

After 45 years, conductor John Alexander is retiring as artistic director of Pacific Chorale, and his final concert in that role is this weekend.  John has been an influential force in Orange County, whether teacher at Cal State Fullerton or running the area’s premiere choral ensembles. Alexander is handing the baton to friends and protege … Read more

Pre-Easter… maybe “Preaster”? (Maybe not, but the music’s good.)

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Happy spring! The biggest thing keeping singers busy right now, of course, are the upcoming Passion Week and Easter festivities, and the many and various sacred services that can involve. Easter Sunday is just ten days away, and there is absolutely glorious music … Read more

‘Pacifics’ heading to Carnegie Hall to celebrate Glass’ 80th

With a big project ahead during artistic director John Alexander‘s last season with Pacific Chorale, the OC choir joins Pacific Symphony in a trek to the Big Apple this spring. With the announcement coming through just this week, the two orgs will appear at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on April 21, performing Philip Glass’ The Passion of Ramakrishna as part … Read more

Treats in music and media (plus a little Ludwig)

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri’s List’s Weekly Highlights by Yayra Sanchez Trick or Treat! As many of us prepare to put on our costumes and enjoy the forthcoming Halloween festivities, or ‘El Día de los Muertos’, there are some pretty interesting musical treats in store this week – especially for those of … 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

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