Composer becomes direct publisher: An interview with Amy Gordon

Lauri had an in-depth chat with Lister composer Amy Gordon, who has recently launched a fully functional store on her website. You can peruse and listen to her compositions as well as purchase as many copies as you need. It’s beautifully built, well-designed and an excellent example of how musicians can take sales into their … Read more

Pasadena Master Chorale reaches across the Pond with ‘The English Cathedral’

If Los Angeles is indeed undergoing a cultural renaissance, the strength of that renaissance is seen in the level of excellence in the great multitude of regional choirs. Among the very best stand the Pasadena Master Chorale, under the direction of Jeffrey Bernstein. Under his direction, the PMC has blossomed into one of the finest … Read more

Brahms is indeed “unbound,” unpretentious, and unblemished!

  On Sunday evening, April 23, choral works by Johannes Brahms were liberated by Pasadena Master Chorale for the enjoyment by naïve and sophisticated listeners alike. This was one of two performances at Altadena Community Church. Artistic Director and Conductor Jeffrey Bernstein crafted an all Brahms, all a cappella program for mixed voices.  We were … 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

Spring in twos and threes

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   Assuming you all survived the hurricane of music that is Easter, we can now settle in for the musical wonder that is springtime. It all starts with a coincidental series of events that seem to fall into twos and threes: First … Read more

A “Christmas Gift” for the community from the Pasadena Master Chorale

On a chilly and wet Sunday evening, the Pasadena Master Chorale delivered yet another warm and satisfying performance of Christmas music to an appreciative audience. There couldn’t be a better venue than the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church in Pasadena for holiday choral music. Its towering Gothic cathedral style with wood beams, full horseshoe … Read more

If I were there

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights I’m out of town this week, and as beautiful as the Northwest is this time of year, more than a bit jealous of those who can attend some of the weekend’s gorgeous vocal events.  If I were home, here’s what I might … Read more

Pasadena Master Chorale’s Brahms Requiem

by Norge Yip, Lister reviewer Pasadena Master Chorale presented the fifth concert of its current season on June 14, performing Brahms’ Requiem at the First United Methodist Church in Pasadena. More than 300 attendees left the cool summer evening and entered a space where the warmth and still air verged on being uncomfortable, but all of that … 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

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