Twofer: A 90th birthday and a word question

There is a world-renowned composer in our midst, and yesterday was her 90th birthday.  It’s surprising how many people don’t know that Thea Musgrave (pictured) spends about half of each year in Southern California, but yes indeed, she is one of us.  Thea and her husband, conductor Peter Mark, travel back and forth between NYC … Read more

Doldrums are a time to grow

You’ve probably heard “don’t waste the summer”, or something like it, from teachers and others during your life.  While musicians don’t exactly get a summer vacation, it does tend to be a season of difference, with more time to read, take a class, start a new habit, or learn a new role or skill.  Now … Read more

Ramping up for spring

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights It’s time for the “Bunny Race”, when presenters and artists are frantically cramming events onto the calendar so they can get them in before Easter. The good news is doppio: we have much to choose from, and after each event, we can celebrate … Read more

Events not named Oscar

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights This is that time of the year when the most touted carpets are red, narrow, and bedecked with well-dressed superstars. This Sunday, of course, is Oscar Sunday, an international holiday that tends to steal an incredible amount of focus in SoCal. So … 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

Tunes for the last holiday

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights It’s a quiet week, as the Labor Day holiday will give musicians and audience members a last chance to officially enjoy summer. Lauri’s List returns to our weekly newsletter schedule next week, so we’ll be ready for the new season. In the … Read more

Wagner masterclass in Ojai focuses on big voices

by Sherry Hutson Our events moderator attended an unusual master class in June, and gives us a hint of how the day went.  Congrats to all involved, in what sounds like a very successful event! This email grabbed my attention immediately: Wagnerian Soprano Legend Jeannine Altmeyer and Virginia’s Maestro Peter Mark offer a half-day Masterclass … Read more

Conductor’s arrival in LA is a boon to local singers

Peter Mark is a familiar name in American opera and beyond, building respected opera companies in Virginia and conducting for an array of other entities here and abroad.  He is Artistic Director Emeritus of Virginia Opera, and was key to getting Lyric Opera Virginia, which started in 2011, launched and off the ground.  Now, he … Read more

Why some singers get hired…and others don’t

by guest blogger Peter Mark — Opera conductor, coach, master class teacher; Artistic Director Emeritus, Virginia Opera The biggest question that resonates widely among emerging and well-prepared singers all over the country is — “Why do some singers get hired, instead of others – who often possess better voices and preparation?” This has got to … Read more

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