LA LIFE: Iceland Concert, Chamber Music, Heritage Tour

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Music, theatre and concerts abound in LA in October tomatoes. Take notice here gals because, TONIGHT and only TONIGHT, the “Iceland Concert” at the Ford has two powerful women at the helm. Pittance Chamber music is back for their new 2016-17 season and Heritage Square Museum got a visit from me and Mr. Tomato which was glorious.

 Oct. 5. The Iceland Concert-TONIGHT!

LA LIFE: Iceland Concert, Chamber Music, Heritage Tour

The two powerful women at the helm of this concert at the Ford Theatres are the super-fab tomato O-Lan Jones , an award-winning composer, writer, actress and Artistic Director of Overtone Industries, who co-wrote and composed this concert and Ovation Award-Winning actress/singer Cesili Williams, acclaimed for her work in “The Color Purple” and stars with Irish singer/songwriter Emmett Tinley.  And tomatoes there are many other talented ladies in this live contemporary opera that tells an intimate love story steeped in the epic living mythology of Iceland. If you want to see it make your reservations now for tonight because that’s all we get ladies…for now.

Overtone Industries  develops and presents new multidisciplinary operas and music theatre, bringing to life vivid, original stories and myths. Founded in 1980 by Artistic Director O-Lan Jones in San Francisco.  In 1994, after 14 years of successful work in San Francisco, Overtone Industries relocated to Los Angeles where they have continued to successfully mount productions here.  Thank you O-Lan for coming to LA!

October 9. Pittance Chamber Music

LA LIFE: Iceland Concert, Chamber Music, Heritage Tour

We’ve got another woman at the helm ladies as Pittance Chamber Music starts its new season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this Sunday. Violinist Lisa Sutton, who is the Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, founded Pittance in 2013 and in this humble tomato’s opinion Pittance Chamber Music rules. Out of the orchestra pit the extraordinary talents of the artists that normally reside in the dark rise to the surface of the stage for all to appreciate.  The next concert isn’t until February so you might want to jump and get tickets for this one.

Pittance shines a bright light on these invisible musicians from the award-winning LA Opera orchestra and chorus. Presented in small groupings, it gives you a more intimate look at these incredibly talented artists and a chance for them to get the acclaim they deserve all the while enjoying high caliber chamber music. Soprano Summer Hassan, member of LA Opera’s Domingo Colburn Stein-Young Artist Program, will also be performing ladies.  Women rule!

Heritage Square Museum

LA LIFE: Iceland Concert, Chamber Music, Heritage Tour

The hubby and I took my own advice from this newsletter and headed to the Heritage Square Museum last Sunday and the museum, the tour and our volunteer tour guide, Serena Spencer, went way beyond our expectations. First the tour is only $10 per person for a 2-hour informative tour with fascinating, intriguing and surprising facts and stories. And tomatoes you have to take the tour if you want see the interiors of these renovated Victorian Homes saved from demolition.  We enjoyed the heck out of the time we spent in this gem of a museum.

Heritage Square Museum is truly one of LA’s hidden gems. What the donors and volunteers are doing there to preserve a living history of the settlement, lifestyles and the development of Southern California through the lens of these homes is amazing.  They really need our support and more volunteers’ tomatoes.  Check out my little slideshow of my day.  And remember gals if you decide to visit you have to take the tour to get inside. And believe me, it is well worth it.

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