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Love Fest

Love FestArtes Vocales presents "Love Fest" - a celebration of love featuring opera chorus, arias, and songs celebrating love

Valentine’s Day may end as the clock strikes 12 on February 14.  But, ideally, love doesn’t – as Artes Vocales will reveal when it presents Love Fest on Friday, February 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pasadena and Saturday, February 18, at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles/Shatto Chapel in Los Angeles. Friday's performances begins at 8 p.m. and Saturday's at 7:30 pm.

“Love Fest is a nice change from the normal liturgical music that makes up the majority of choral repertoire,” explains Dr. Steven Kronauer, Artistic Director. “So much opera has gorgeous choral music. We look forward to sharing with both the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles communities an array of love stories, perfect for this most romantic time of year.”

Adds Ariane Helou, Artistic Producer, “Love Fest is a musical feast —as one of the songs we’ll  perform, a choral arrangement of If Music Be the Food of Love by Henry Purcell, beautifully illustrates. The ‘menu’ also includes great opera choruses – some, semi-staged – plus arias and duets performed by the exceptionally talented young artists taking part in our Professional Mentorship Program for Teachers of Singing.”

Operas the audience will sample or ‘taste’ include Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck, Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. All will be sung in Italian.

Ticket prices are $20/person students/seniors, $10. For more information on the program or to purchase tickets, visit or contact

(Student tickets can be purchased by entering the Promo Code STUDENT. Please be prepared to show a student ID for entry.)

Masking will be required for audience members. Full vaccinations and boosters are highly recommended but not required.

Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 997 Walnut Street in Pasadena. First Congregational Church of Los Angeles/Shatto Chapel is located at 540 S. Commonwealth Avenue in Los Angeles (Rampart Village/Koreatown).

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Artistic Director Dr. Steven Kronauer presently teaches voice at California State University Long Beach and was the head of the voice and opera program at the University of California, Santa Barbara until 2008. Dr. Kronauer holds a doctorate in choral and operatic conducting from UCLA under the direction of Donald Neuen and Willian Vendice. He completed his undergraduate studies and two Master’s degrees at the University of Michigan: Vocal Performance, studying with John McCollum and Lorna Haywood, and Conducting, under the guidance of Theo Morrison and Dr. Jerry Blackstone.
As both a celebrated voice teacher and an acclaimed conductor, Dr. Kronauer is dedicated to educating singers about healthy technique and supporting their vocal growth. Artes Vocales is unique among community choruses in having an artistic director who is equally accomplished in the fields of conducting and vocal training. Dr. Kronauer’s expertise provides unique performance and learning opportunities for aspiring professionals in singing, conducting, and music education, as well as a profoundly enriching experience for singers of all ability levels.
Dr. Kronauer sang at the Munich State Opera for ten years, and in addition has sung concerts internationally, including over 100 performances as tenor soloist in Carl Off’s Carmina Burana.
He is also a specialist in performing Bach, having studied with some of the greatest interpreters of that repertoire, including Peter Schreier and Ernst Haefliger. He has been greatly influenced in his singing and teaching by the Verdi tenor Dennis O’Neill, CBE Sir Donald McIntyre Ruth Falcon Martin Katz and Naomi Farr.
Since 2010, Dr. Kronauer conducts and coaches the Young Men’s Ensemble of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, which is committed to helping young men continue to sing healthily throughout the voice change. At the time of its founding, the Young Men’s Ensemble was one of the only such choirs in the world it has been the model for dozens of other choirs since then. Dr. Kronauer has led public discussions for the American Choral Directors Association on the changing voice, interviewing singers David Daniels and Ben Heppner in conjunction with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and the Buckley School in Los Angeles. The Young Men’s Ensemble, including Dr. Kronauer teaching and conducting, has been profiled in the Los Angeles Times. Dr. Kronauer also has an established studio in Los Angeles for singers of all styles and has several successful students singing internationally, in a variety of genres and media including opera, concert, Broadway, and pop. His work as a vocal coach and choral conductor has helped to launch careers for conductors, music educators, and performers. Dr. Kronauer’s private students include multi-Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer Finneas and multi-Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Billie Eilish.


The mission of Artes Vocales is to bring innovative choral programming to Los Angeles communities, to provide rigorous vocal training, and to offer career-enhancing opportunities to gifted musicians and composers. We are committed to enriching the musical breadth of our membership and audiences through partnerships with LA-based composers and orchestral musicians.

What sets Artes Vocales apart from many other community choirs is our focus on vocal technique and training. We are unique in having an Artistic Director who is equally proficient in conducting and vocal technique and are committed to offering high-quality vocal training for both choral singers and experienced soloists. Concert soloists are often auditioned and cast from the ensemble. In select programs, we invite nationally and internationally renowned guest artists to perform with us. In these cases, ensemble members will have opportunities to learn solos and perform them in rehearsals. We also perform at least one concert per year with the Artes Vocales Festival Orchestra, an ensemble made up of professional orchestral musicians from around Los Angeles.

Artes Vocales performs three major concerts each season, with a varied, innovative repertoire that includes major choral masterworks music that reflects the multicultural communities of Los Angeles and works by contemporary local composers. Recent programs have featured works such as Martin Paleri’s Misa Tango/Misa a Buenos Aires (November 2022) Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (June 2019) Misa Azteca by Joseph Julian Gonzalez (November 2018) American folk songs arranged by Shawn Kirchner (June 2017) and our signature program, Requiem Reflections, which puts Mozart’s Requiem in conversation with other musical celebrations of life from around the world. These programs also feature collaborations with exceptional artists including the Artes Vocales Festival Orchestra the Young Men’s Ensemble of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus organist Scott VanOrnum renowned opera singers including Eduardo Villa and Vladimir Chernov and talented soloists from our own choir.

Presenter / Producer: Artes Vocal

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Music > Choral/Choirs

Event Phone: 818-416-7066

Trinity Lutheran Church
997 Walnut Street
Pasadena CA 91101

Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley

Performance Dates: 2/17/2023 - 2/18/2023
Friday, 02/17/2023
Saturday, 02/18/2023

Performance Times
2/17 at Trinity Lutheran in Pasadena: 8 p.m.
2/18 at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles/Shatto Chapel 7:30 p.m.
540 S. Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles

Ticket Information:
$20/$10 for students and seniors
Students can enter promo code STUDENT. Be prepared to present valid ID at the door. Seniors, please enter promo code SENIOR10
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