Reading List: the Pacific Symphony blog

Being part of the classical community means staying in touch, so you know who’s doing what, which performances can’t be missed, where the trends are, and even who you’d like to audition for. While the List exists for a lot of these reasons (and thank you for reading us), additional sources will offer perspective that … 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

Respected arts critic takes newly created post with Pacific Symphony

When SoCal cultural staple Timothy Mangan found himself unceremoniously ousted last year from the Orange County Register after more than two decades’ respected work, it seemed further evidence that arts criticism as a full-time profession is on the wane, and continued international and local discussion into what will happen to the writers we’ve come to depend on. … Read more

One dramatic stage after another

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights The vocal calendar holds both heralded and out-of-the-box events this week. How about some California history? A dance of veils? A lecherous lush? A little-seen Weill gem? Here’s a list of things that are much better than a couch and burgeoning potatohood: If … 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

News, deep thoughts, audience perspectives and the threat of a strike in SoCal

Arts Catch-Up:  News through 11/2/16 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: Classical business “Pacific Symphony musicians threaten to strike” … Read more

An expat trio, music for healing, and opera everywhere

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Decisions, decisions… the next few weeks are packed! Making the rounds this weekend in their mini-tour as Beverly Hills Audition winners, the EUROPEAN CONCERT TRIO will be in Encinitas, Torrance and Beverly Hills on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. This unusual combo … Read more

Pirates, romance… and a little football

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   A tip for culture fiends who haven’t been paying attention: This Sunday is indeed the day of the Super Bowl, and this year’s teams are the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. (Go Broncos!) For those not so into the gridiron, … Read more

Programs that bring it all together

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Some music events are unusual not because they’re weird or innovative, but because they’re  carefully curated and full of the presenter’s love of the art form.  Stretch your vocab a bit with one of out-of-the-ordinary events: On Saturday 10/3, the late-afternoon ‘Liederabend’ … Read more

All hail queen Opera

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights There’s plenty of everything in the next couple of weeks, but opera reigns in the summertime: OPERA NEO launches their summer festival and workshop in San Diego, offers two very different programs over the next two weekends, with four performances each:  First, … Read more

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