unSUNg is committed to using music as a platform to improve the world. We showcase new classical vocal compositions and forgotten works, and support the people who create and perform them.
***This series does not discriminate based on gender, race, ethnicity, religious affiliations or sexual orientation.
We started in 2013, and for five summers, we have brought you new and neglected vocal chamber music while providing performance and live recording opportunities for professional classical singers, instrumentalists and composers. We collect passion projects from local pros, creating a unique, collaborative summer concert experience.
Each concert includes several "sets" of 5-20 min each, featuring passion projects from different presenters -- and no two concerts are the same. These diverse programs have included art songs, voice with various instruments, choral music, opera excerpts, and loads of highly unusual repertoire performed by a sparkling array of professional performers.
The vibe is casual, and all concerts are recorded as a resource for the participants. Think of it as an invitation to a friend's live recording session: a rare chance to see us working on music that really gets the imagination going. Afterward, we host a light reception, for a chance to meet the performers and network with the local vocal community.
Who are we?
The Los Angeles Times hailed soprano Ariel Pisturino as “an impressive young discovery,”after seeing her professional debut performance as Nancy T’ang in Long Beach Opera’s production of Nixon in China. An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary works and collaborations with composers, Ariel performed the role of Lover in The Industry’s nationally-acclaimed production of HOPSCOTCH and created the role of Laurie in Mark Abel’s premiere opera Home is a Harbor, released on Delos Records. She collaborated with Abel once before on his song cycle Five Rilke Songs on the album Terrain of the Heart, also for Delos Records. Ariel created the role of Rosina Brandram in a newly written Gilbert and Sullivan review, Hail Poetry, with Opera a la Carte. She premiered a new song cycle, Dewdrops, for soprano and electric guitar, by long time friend, Alex Miller. Most recently, she made her Kennedy Center debut in Three Paderewski’s by Jenni Brandon.
Propelled by her interest in promoting new works, Ariel co-founded the performance troupe Chamber Opera Players of LA and the new music summer concert series unSUNg, focusing on new and unknown vocal music. Highlights of her work with Chamber Opera Singers of LA include her commission and premiere of the opera The Last Silent Voice by George N. Gianopoulos, and a performance of Ned Rorem’s Three Sisters who are not Sisters. Other contemporary performance highlights include her performances with Long Beach Opera as Witch 1 in Bloch’s Macbeth, the premiere of an electronic opera, The Master and Margarita by Russian composer, Gamma Skupinsky and the premiere of the oratorio Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides by Neely Bruce in remembrance of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who saved thousands during the Holocaust.
Ms. Pisturino not only performs new works but also lends her creamy legato to traditional roles such as Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi, Leonora, Micaëla, and Second Lady. She has also been heard as the soprano soloist in the Brahms Requiem, Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories, Fauré Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Requiem, and Rutter Gloria. She will sing Cohen's Alzheimer's Stories in March 2021 and Beethoven’s Mass in C in May 2021,
An avid language student, Ariel is a dedicated Italian student and attended the Russian Opera Workshop to study the Russian language and perform the role of Tamara in Rubenstein’s opera,The Demon.
Ariel holds a Masters degree from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, a Bachelors degree in Music from Northern Arizona University, and is an OperaWorks alumna. Born in San Francisco but a native of Kingman, Arizona, she now resides with her bass-baritone partner and two kitties in sunny Los Angeles.
Lauri D Goldenhersh
After two decades performing and teaching in the classical vocal world, this mezzo-soprano and arts marketing maven, Lauri D Goldenhersh, founded Lauri's List in 2002, building a strong, multi-faceted community for "classical vocal pros" in Southern California. Lauri’s performance career has included Grammy-nominated work with the Los Angeles Master Chorale as well as concerts and recordings with the LA Chamber Singers and a bevy of highly-respected composers and organizations across SoCal; concert, service and solo work with more than thirty-five churches and temples around Southern California and beyond; and innumerable art song recitals, particularly those focused on 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. Lauri and Ariel Pisturino co-founded unSUNg concerts in 2013, producing five summer seasons of "Songs Uncommon and New" for enthusiastic local audiences. She has taught workshops and classes across Southern California, designing seminars for LA Vocal Lab, CalArts, USC, Azusa Pacific University and a variety of local hosts who cater to performers and artists. In addition to her ongoing work with “the List”, Lauri continues to offer private and group coaching and web services for performers, small orgs, and more. laurislist.com