Long Beach Opera announces 2018-19 season

Reich, Glass, a world premiere and a Bach adaptation combine to celebrate two anniversaries for Long Beach Opera.  The release expresses the same vitality we’ve come to expect from this adventurous company, as well as a particular sense of artistic urgency: Stories that need to be told Music that needs to be heard Details below, … Read more

New opera dreams up Disney’s last days

With a chamber opera by Philip Glass focused on entertainment icon Walt Disney, The Perfect American comes to Long Beach this weekend, with a look at the storyteller’s final act. The libretto by Rudy Wurlitzer adapts the 2001 German novel Der König von Amerika, which turned the Disney fable on its big, round ears.  Using … 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

Thankful voices… and a holiday gauntlet for composers

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   Composers, a challenge: We need a really big, fun, novelty Thanksgiving song, preferably with a series of verses that can be customized by menu, and an infectious fugue in the middle, built on the words “Gobble”, “Pies” and “Hike!” Shopping-related features are … Read more

Protesting ‘Akhnaten’; less arts coverage on Wall Street; and creativity as sanity

Arts Catch-Up:  News through 11/7/16 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: Arts in the Media “The Wall Street Journal … Read more

Still time to go “très opératique” for National Opera Week

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights OPERA America‘s widespread celebration of all things opera officially runs through November 6th, but around here, we celebrate the genre every day.  If you’d like to partake of a little something to mark the occasion, however, here are just a few suggestions in … Read more

Arts Catch-up: News through 10/10/16

What’s going on in the arts world?   Here are a few articles you may have missed in the last week: Champions of music (and musicians) “Philip Glass: own your work and get paid for it” — Kottke.org, 10/5/16 The maverick composer talks about a basic financial tenet for the artistic life. “How the performing arts can … Read more

The “Season season” has begun with LA Opera: Let the announcements begin!

Let the season announcements begin! LA Opera is one of the first to ante up with their offerings for the 2016-17 season. The upcoming season constitutes a significant uptick in adventure in some ways, as we’re currently in the middle of a fairly safe, if enjoyable, “greatest hits” run (with the exception of the excellent Moby-Dick, of course). The … Read more

CCMN: new/old mashups, OperaWorks salon, and (Choral) Fantasy times two

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Huge weekend ahead… …the week before Halloween is always a monster! One thing’s for sure: thou shalt not stay home. The season for DE ANGELIS VOCAL ENSEMBLE kicks off on Saturday afternoon, and examines a musical circle of life with ‘Genesis, Renaissance … Read more

Long Beach Opera takes us back with psychedelic ‘Jukebox’

Going back in time can be a real trip. The retrospective offered by Long Beach Opera in Hydrogen Jukebox promised to be not just a “level 1 or 2 trip…you can get that at any legal dispensary,” but “level 4 or 5 psychedelics, where the world is curved and warped, objects talk to you, time … Read more

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