By Robert D. Thomas
Southern California News Group
Each week about this time I list five (more or less) classical-music programs in Southern California (more or less) during the next seven days (more or less) that might be worth attending.
JUNE 17: LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE
2 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall; Los Angeles
On the 20th anniversary of its premiere by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, current Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts his chorus and orchestra in Morten Lauridsen’s iconic Lux Aeterna, plus premieres by Eric Whitacre, Billy Childs, Moira Smiley and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
BONUS: Disney Hall is easily reachable (at least if you’re not mobility challenged) via Metro’s Red and Purple Lines. Exit at the 1st and Hill St. side of the Civic Center/Grand Park station and walk up two steep blocks to reach the hall.
JUNE 17: PASADENA POPS
7:30 p.m. at Los Angeles County Arboretum; Arcadia
Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein leads the Pops in a program of music from Broadway’s various “Golden Ages,” featuring soloists Storm Large, Joel Grey and Alex Getlin, along with Liza Minnelli, who will be interviewed onstage by Feinstein.
JUNE 17: LONG BEACH OPERA
8:00 p.m. at MoLAA; Long Beach
Long Beach Opera presents the Southern California premiere of Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s opera Frida in the first of five performances, all of which will be at MoLAA except for the June 23 performance, which will be at the Grand Performance space in downtown Los Angeles.
JUNE 17: HOLLYWOOD BOWL OPENING NIGHT
8:00 p.m. at Hollywood Bowl; Los Angeles
Thomas Wilkins conducts the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) and the Moody Blues in the opening night of the Bowl’s 2017 summer season.
BONUS: Hollywood Bowl is easily reachable via several public transit options, including Metro’s Red Line via the Hollywood/Highland station. Information on the various alternatives is HERE.
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