SFCV’s readers heap praise on SoCal artists

In just a few years, San Francisco Classical Voice has proven itself one of the best sources of arts news on the West Coast, and their annual Audience Choice Awards give readers in the Bay Area and in SoCal a chance to point to what (and who) they love most. This year’s Los Angeles area … Read more

Stravinsky’s wedding and bits of John Adams with the LA Master Chorale

by Natalie Mann, Lister reviewer Groundbreaking. Indefinable. Accessible. All these words have been used to describe American composer John Adams, but they also increasingly tell us about the work of Los Angeles Master Chorale artistic director Grant Gershon. It is fitting that these two classical luminaries have had a long working relationship, dating back to the … 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

An Easter music hunt, and a little Stockhausen

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights It’s Passion Week!  That means that some of the best music you’ll hear all year is at your local church, with special services now and through the weekend.  If you’ve never stayed up late for an Easter Vigil, make this the year … Read more

Not so standard: An evening of Cole Porter in Pasadena this weekend

These days, we tend to talk about the “American Songbook” in terms that belie the real value of this golden age of songwriting.  These “standards” are part of our national fabric because they are immensely varied, layered and often clever beyond belief. One of the kings of the age, of course, is the whimsical and … Read more

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