Recap: News you mighta missed, 12/6/20 edition

The world rarely arrives in sonata form… we could all use a good recap. Things to know It seems almost impossible that you might have missed this memefest entirely, but it seems clear that Christmas decor manufacturers may be considering a more careful look at the music notation they include in their tchotchkes. Facebook and … Read more

Are you decorating yet?

Prepping for our upcoming unSUNg concert, a very multicultural affair, Ariel and I have been exploring a number of ways that people celebrate different parts of December. It’s also led to no small bit of nostalgia. When I was growing up, my mother bought two gorgeous cross stitch Advent calendars as kits in Solvang, each … Read more

Riot redux: How exciting are YOUR events?

The WQXR blog (one of my favorites) dipped into a question yesterday about the legend of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring debut. If you’ve ever taken a class about 20th century music, you’ve probably heard the tale:  boos screamed, cat-calls shouted, musicians, dancers and concertgoers afraid for their safety… My favorite bit was something about one audience … Read more

New schedule: First unSUNg concert this year to be postponed

Morning!   Due to multiple issues beyond anyone’s control, the unSUNg concert originally scheduled for July 9 has been postponed to September 3.  This is causing some juggling of performer schedules, of course, and we’ll be confirming the new programs and updating the unSUNg website, Facebook events and calendar listings over the next 48 hours. … Read more

Taking LA’s new music scene into a bright future

Composer group’s new pilot project feeds on existing and rekindled enthusiasm. An invited steering committee of about forty artists met in Pasadena on Saturday 10/29, in the first of what will hopefully be a string of open, visionary discussions hosted by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Composers Forum (ACF-LA).  This event is the … Read more

August 21st is your last chance to get unSUNg this year

Our concert series isn’t quite like any other.   Almost everything we program for unSUNg, our summer concert series now in its fourth season, is highly likely to be new to you.  These are passion projects, selected annually through a carefully curated proposal process.  Those proposals are submitted by people who have a real drive to … Read more

Summer serials, no milk required

Vocal focus in the summertime* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights When the heat is on, classical music gets serial. No, for the spelling-challenged (or for those assuming I’m beset by an overconfident Autocorrect feature, which has been known to happen), we are not talking about breakfast food. The summer series is … Read more

Love, death, madness, revolution… and an Alien Jukepod

Our fourth summer season kicks off like no other! Yes, there will be a Jukepod.  No, there won’t be actual aliens (but you may wonder). There will also be songs by Darius Milhaud, Peter Yates, David Avshalomov and Pàl Hermann.  These fearless creators set poetry by Valéry, Dickinson, René Chalupt and more.  You’ll hear tales … Read more

Vocal tuneage, heat first

Vocal focus  in the summertime* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Hope you’re all staying cool and relatively smoke-free in this crazy heat wave! Staying indoors is good, but there are enticements to be had. Here are just three options over the next week that may lure you from home a/c to car … Read more

Build a great summer story

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights When people ask about your summer, what will you say this year?  You have a couple of weeks to add some spice to your story, so get out your calendar and add a few of these: This Saturday, PACIFIC SWINGLINE both reminds … Read more

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