Monday, October 14, 2019

John Malveaux: Marlaina Owens & Junko Nojima in African-Americans for Los Angeles Opera

Marlaina Owens and Junko Nojima

John Malveaux of 

Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 attended African-Americans for Los Angeles Opera AALAO) fall recital featuring soprano Marlaina Owens and collaborative pianist Junko Nojima in the Pasadena residence of Alice & Joe Coulombe. Joe Coulombe  founded the grocery store chain Trader Joe's in 1967. AALAO board members Mary H. Lewis and Beverly Clarkson shared emcee duties. The recital included music by Handel and Strauss in the first half. The second half started with music by Joaquin Rodrigo, followed by Adolphus Hailstork (Songs of Love and Justice: Justice, Difficulties, Decisions, Love), Undine Smith Moore (Come Down Angels), and Jacqueline Hairston (Don't Feel No Ways Tired). A reception concluded the event. The next AALAO event is the annual February African American History Month recital in the Los Angeles home of Delores and Ben Carr. See Marlaina Owens (left) and Junko Nojima. 

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