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Weekly update β€” thru March 2, 2023

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Lent, weather and time flying

Something strange comes together this week, as the rain, snow, and hail bring much-needed precipitation and flood alerts to SoCal, often with surprises in tow β€” including the shocking realizations that not only are we already two months into 2023, Morten Lauridsen is celebrating his 80th birthday this year, with hopefully many to come.


With Ash Wednesday taking place a few days ago, we are now in the Lenten season, and church musicians will see a shift in repertoire as well as mood. Some of you may be giving something up between now and Easter, and we wish you well with that time-honored ritual.But it's also very clear that spring is on the way, and this ΓΌber-transitional time gives us a chance to reflect and dive into change with exuberance and joy.


Music highlights


The week's coming events are diverse themselves, as well as honoring diversity: watch for the UCLA perfs+conference events starting Sunday, centered around a groundbreaking and purposeful cantata by Dave Brubeck. Tickets to the two performances are free, feature some of the Listerhood's favorite artists, and not to be missed. (That's our featured event below, and we'll send a separate nudge tomorrow morning, so you can be sure to get your seats.)


Opera buffs have several options to choose from, whether it's light opera in Malibu from Pepperdine Opera; classic Mozart from LA Opera; a master class at Chapman University with the beloved Lawrence Brownlee; or a variety of operatically-inclined fare from the emerging-artists in the Fox Singers, a professional core that serves The Verdi Chorus, which is one of SoCal's longest-standing choral orgs.


If you can, don't miss the nationally-hailed continuation of Kate Soper's Romance of the Rose in San Pedro, with the production from Long Beach Opera that has been chosen as a New York Times critic's pick and is getting impressive reviews from critics all over. (It's sure to sell out!)


For some choral music that sheds new light on our racial history, catch the Wagner Ensemble in their performance of Michael Dawson Connor's Slave Letters on Sunday. These are intuitive settings that are sometimes raw and powerful, and should be performed more widely.


Feeling Dickensian? Head to Riverside on Sunday for a benefit Evensong from Raincross Master Chorale, as part of the IE's epic Dickens festival. (Now that's a mashup!) Tickets are just $10, and support scholarships for young singers within the chorale.



Don't stay home!

We know the weather is terrible, but get out your umbrella, warm coat and galoshes, drive safe, and get to some great music this week.


...and save the date!

The schmooze initially set for Monday has been postponed to March 13, in the hope that we'll all be a little less waterlogged by then. (But we're not postponing it again -- put that date in your calendar!) Join us at our favorite gathering spot in Pasadena, and bring your promo materials for whatever you're working on, so we can discuss over pizza, artisan lemonade and navy bean soup. We want to hear from you! Register for the schmooze here



See you soon!


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Vocal-related events

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February 24

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7pm

"Our California"

Moira Smiley & California School of the Arts

Duarte


February 25

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2pm

Britten's 'War Requiem'

National Children's Chorus and American Youth Symphony

Downtown LA

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7:30pm

Russell Thomas at the Colburn School

LA Opera

Downtown LA

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7:30pm

The Verdi Chorus presents The Fox Singers in A SERENADE TO MUSIC

Santa Monica


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7:30pm

The Romance of the Rose

Long Beach Opera

San Pedro


(Three performances through 2/25)

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7:30pm

H.M.S. Pinafore

Pepperdine University

Malibu

February 26

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2pm

'The Marriage of Figaro'

LA Opera

Downtown LA

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4pm concert

with 2pm discussion (available as livestream)

Music and Justice: Performance of Dave Brubeck's "The Gates of Justice"

UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Westwood


(Also 2/28 at another location)

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4pm

Choral Evensong

Raincross Master Chorale

Riverside


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7pm

The Slave Letters

Wagner Ensemble

Sherman Oaks

February 27

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9am to 5pm

Music and Justice: A conference at UCLA

UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Westwood


February 28

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7pm

Lawrence Brownlee, Master Class

Chapman University

Orange

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7:30pm

Music and Justice: Performance of Dave Brubeck's "The Gates of Justice"

Combined forces reprise this concert at Holman UMC

Los Angeles

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8:15pm

A Birthday Concert to Celebrate Morten Lauridsen at 80

DBS & JPL Chorus

Pasadena

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How to get featured

Go to the calendar

All events featured in this newsletter, on the blog and on the podcast will be taken from those submitted to the Lister Calendar by Wednesday noon before we publish each newsletters. Click "Submit Event" at the top of the calendar page, and you can craft your listing there. We'll approve relevant events or we'll get in touch with questions.

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Coming up from the List

An almost-spring Lister Schmooze


Join us in Pasadena on March 13 for our next schmooze. All are welcome, but advance registration is strongly recommended, so we can make sure we have enough space and bring goodies for you. Bring friends, family, pets... and let's talk shop for a bit.

Register here
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