Wading in with LA Master Chorale

On Sunday, April 30, the Los Angeles Master Chorale treated audiences to a concert almost entirely of American spirituals. Entitled “Wade in the Water”, the program served both as homage to a beloved spiritual of the same title, but also as invocation of water, naturally flowing expressions of the soul, and communal spirit. It included … Read more

H20, haunted tunes, and the big ball

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Coril Prochnow’s Weekly Highlights (Our guest columnist again this week!)   It was a treat to get a light rainfall in the Southland this week, but for some heavy-duty Purple Rain, take a trip to Chula Vista on Friday 10/21 at 7:30 pm, or to San Diego on Sunday, … Read more

Not just another church concert

It’s pretty safe to say that All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena isn’t like every other congregation.  With a history reaching back more than thirteen decades and a wildly devoted following, the church’s active social justice culture and gorgeous architecture tend to land it in the news almost as much as it is featured in … Read more

‘Anthracite Fields’ brings the coal miner’s tale to Los Angeles

Coal is something most people think about very little nowadays, but it used to be central to “modern” life and technology.  Employing hundreds of thousands of American and immigrant workers in the 19th and early twentieth centuries, these “black diamonds” are entwined with our history not only as a fuel source, but as the fuel source … Read more

CCMN: Bang! goes the season

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights The season is coming!  The season is coming! Nothing like diving right in, as this weekend marks the start of a very busy year for classical vocal types. As opera companies’ engines start humming, we tweeted yesterday from the dress rehearsal of … Read more

Holiday spirit by the churchful at SGVCC’s seasonal concert

With “Ring in the Holidays” on December 6th, San Gabriel Valley Choral Company hit all the right emotional notes, so essential to the proper cultivation of genuine holiday spirit.  Some concerts push all the right buttons. They had kiddos.  And bells.  And sing-along carols (with lyrics in the program, which was a nice inclusive touch).  … Read more

Fall in full bloom

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   Oh, the plethora… ‘Mission Music’ in, and with, a mission:  DE ANGELIS VOCAL ENSEMBLE kicks off their 10th season with historic music from California’s rich and diverse early heritage.  Presented on Saturday afternoon in the beautiful basilica at the mission in … Read more

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