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Arts and Entertainment

Classical Pick of the Week: There's A New Hyperopera in Town

Photo of Lou Harrison by Jacaranda. Used with permission.
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Lots of fun vocal works are on schedule for this week! First up, the Industry, which bills itself as "a new home for opera in Los Angeles", recently premiered a new hyperopera (meta-collaborative, contemporary), "Crescent City". It's a new site-specific construction, with perimeter seating to allow for 360 degree views, with sets designed by six LA-based contemporary artists. Live video seats will provide views of all the action so your seat doesn't inhibit your experience, and they have set up at the Atwater Crossing in Atwater Village. For a synopsis of the opera to give you an idea of the story, you can check out the composer's thoughts here. You can purchase tickets herefor shows from the 17th-20th, and 24th-27th.For Downtown denizens, Disney Hall's decadent Don Giovanni delivers delights (sorry)! This production will be conducted by Dudamel, with costumes designed by Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, and set designed by Frank Gehry.Marius Kwiecien is playing the Don, and Carmela Remigio the Donna. Once again, there are performances this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The Chorale Bel Canto will celebrate 30 years of beautiful singing with a performance of Brahms' German Requiem, at the First United Methodist of Pasadena. The concert starts at 4 pm so you could hypothetically go to another opera after.

Westsiders (and anyone really since the traffic isn't too bad on Sundays), Jacaranda's 2011-2012 season draws to a close this Sunday at 6 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. They promise a raucous event, as they present minimalist composer Terry Riley's Olson III, caused a riot at its premiere in 1967 and Jacaranda will perform the piece the way the composer intended. They are joined by LACC and will also perform a piece by Lou Harrison, featuring violin, strings, piano, celeste, and two harps. Tickets are available here.

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