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Happenings—All Saints Choir Previews Music For Its England Pilgrimage Sunday, And More…

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 – 8:41 PM


All Saints’ Choir Concert Sunday To Support Its Pilgrimage To England

The All Saints’ Beverly Hills Episcopal Church Choir has been invited by two historic Anglican cathedrals to serve in place of their own choirs during a two-week pilgrimage to England in August, following an evaluation process in which choirs from around the world applied for the opportunity.

Funds to cover the costs of the pilgrimage are being raised through a series of fundraising events, including a Sunday, May 14 concert where the choir will preview the music it will sing during services at the two cathedrals.

“It’s truly an honor to be selected to serve in these two cathedrals, each of which is more than 700 years old,” said All Saints’ Director of Music, Dr. Craig Phillips. “Britain’s Anglican church being the mother church of our own American Episcopal Church, the music we will be bringing to these services—spanning four centuries of the English and American choral traditions— represents an opportunity for us to share the timelessness and universality of music in worship, and to do so in two of the most historic and impressive cathedrals in the entire worldwide Anglican communion.”

In their working pilgrimage, the 35-member choir will sing at 16 worship services at Wells Cathedral, which has been called “the most poetic of English cathedrals,” and Salisbury Cathedral, which is home to the tallest church spire in England and houses the best surviving of only four original copies of the Magna Carta, from August 1427.

The 5 p.m., May 14 fundraising concert at the church, 504 N. Camden Dr., will feature works by Charles Wood, John Ireland, C. V. Stanford, Arvo Pärt, Daniel Purcell, Percy Whitlock, Paul Halley, Eric Whitacre, Gerre Hancock and Craig Phillips.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.allsaintsbh.org.

Music Mends Minds—Using Music To Improve Lives Of  Those Living With Dementia-Related Diseases, Neurological Injuries—Sets Saturday Concert

Music Mends Minds (MMM), the L.A.-based nonprofit that fosters the development of therapeutic bands, using the power of music to improve the mental agility of those living with dementia-related diseases and neurological injuries, will host its third annual “Spring Concert,” featuring the organization’s flagship band, The 5th Dementia, at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 13 at Brentwood Presbyterian Curch, 12000 San Vicente Blvd.

Senior and student musicians from Windward School will play a range of music from the Great American Songbook, show tunes and pop of yesteryear during the free concert, which is open to the community.

Today, some medical researchers consider music the “new frontier” for treating dementia and managing the symptoms of other neurological/psychological disorders and MMM is at the forefront of this organic movement, utilizing music to change the brain chemistry of patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, stroke and other diseases, as well as the lives of their families and caregivers.

In addition to the inaugural Los Angeles-based band, groups are being now being formed across the nation and in other countries.

For more information, visit www.MusicMendsMinds.org.

Emerging Opera Singers In Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition Next Sunday

Ten emerging opera singers from a nation-wide search will perform the music of Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and others with the Los Angeles Performing Arts Orchestra, Frank Fetta, conducting, at the 45th annual Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition Concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 21 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 West Eighth St.

Singers include baritone Ben Lowe and sopranos Liv Redpath and Elizabeth Zharoff. All three are currently in the LA Opera Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. They will join tenors John Matthew Myers, Piotr Buszewski and Alasdair Kent from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Also on the program will be New York soprano Maria Natale, soprano Michelle Bradley, New York bass Sava Vermic from the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program and baritone Sol Jin from the Houston Grand Opera Studio.

Required free tickets are available by calling 310-276-2731. For more information, visit www.zacharysociety.org.


Cat-A-Pallooza Aims To Get Cats Adopted From L.A. City Shelters Next Weekend

It’s “kitten season” so the Pet Care Foundation is sponsoring the Cat-A-Pallooza at all six L.A. City Animal Shelters, Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21 to promote cat and kitten adoptions with reduced adoption fees.

“Cats are wonderful companion animals. They are loving, fun to play with and not quite so demanding for those who have busy jobs. Everybody needs a cat,” said Bill Crowe, Pet Care Foundation director.

Cats are prolific breeders and outnumber dogs in shelters 4-1. Further, once they enter a municipal shelter, they have only a 28 percent chance of being adopted. “It is hoped that this event will help alleviate the problem of over-crowded cat rooms in the city shelters, while simultaneously lowering the euthanasia rate,” Crowe said.

The Pet Care Foundation also promotes pet adoptions through its TV show on the L.A. city channel, Beverly Hills City channel and the West Hollywood Public Access Channel.

For more information, visit www.petcarefoundation.org or www.laanimalservices.com for shelter locations.