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Bach's Lunchtime Recitals
(Formerly, the
Bach's Lunch Recitals in Manhattan Beach)

Pacific Electric Railroad Bridge spanning Torrance Blvd.
Historic 1913 Pacific Electric Railroad Bridge spanning Torrance Blvd.

2014 – 2015
First Fridays
October 3 - November 7 - December 5, 2014;

February 6 - March 6 - April 3 - May 1 - June 5, 2014

12:15-12:45 p.m.

Reception with the artists follows with complimentary organic fair-trade coffee, freshly baked treats, and seasonal fruit selections from the Torrance Farmers' Market.

The popular Bach's Lunch Recitals, a favorite in the South Bay community for two decades, continues at First Lutheran Church & School – Torrance as Bach's Lunchtime Recitals. Half-hour performances by the finest artists to be found in Southern California will be followed by receptions, where you can share conversation with the artists and fellow music lovers.

First Lutheran Church & School – Torrance
2900 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503
(on the south side Carson Street just east of Maple)
For a Google map, click here.

Free admission - Donations Appreciated

For information and to request e-mail concert reminders, call (310) 316-5574 or click here.

See The Bach's Lunchtime 2013-2014 season

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.

"Supremely talented femmes"
~ LA Weekly


Ceora Winds

Michelle Matsumune flute     Heather Millette clarinet
Christin Webb bassoon

The members of Ceora Winds have played chamber music together for 10 years, performing throughout Southern California and across the country. Its members hold advanced degrees from leading schools including Oberlin and Peabody Conservatories, Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, and California Institute of the Arts. Equally adept at classical standards, jazz arrangements, and everything in between, Ceora Winds brings the joy of true chamber music to the Los Angeles community.


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Friday, November 7, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

"As a pianist, Holt is the classical music equivalent of an extreme sports athlete."
~ The Record (Waterloo, Ontario)

Danny Holt, piano

Pianist, Composer, Percussionist, Scholar

Pianist Danny Holt is one of a new generation of innovative young musicians ushering classical music into the 21st century. Called "phenomenal" by music critic Alan Rich, and hailed as one of the "local heroes" of the Los Angeles music scene (, Holt brings his boundless energy and wit to unique interpretations of new music, 20th-century music, and obscure, unusual, and neglected repertoire. A frequent featured pianist on the acclaimed Jacaranda series, he is equally at home whether performing masterpieces of the classical repertoire or new music on the concert stage, in an intimate house concert, or in one of his elaborate multimedia performances, where classical music meets rock-concert aesthetics and performance-art sensibility.

Danny holds degrees from California Institute of the Arts, Hampshire College, Smith College, and Interlochen Arts Academy. He is also a percussionist, composer, teacher, and scholar. He resides in Los Angeles, where he serves on the faculty of the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts.

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Friday, December 5, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

Organist at Westwood Presbyterian Church
~ joined by ~
Two-Time District Winner of the
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Namhee Han, organ  Rebecca Sjöwall, soprano

Organist NAMHEE HAN                                    
                       Soprano REBECCA SJÖWALL

In a Concert Sure To Include Some Holiday Cheer!

Playing from the heart defines Namhee Han's approach to music making. Namhee holds Master's and Doctoral degrees in organ performance from UCLA. She has been a featured artist at National and Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists. A favorite on the Trinity Lutheran Church's concert series, Namhee Han performs on Southern California's leading organs including the magnificent instruments at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Namhee is resident organist at Westwood Presbyterian Church.

Whether in the opera house, on the concert stage, or in the recording studio, Rebecca Sjöwall has been lauded for her dramatic power as an actress with a voice that is "luscious," "beautifully crisp," and "a powerhouse." Besides capturing two district wins of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Rebecca is winner of the American Jenny Lind Competition, the Redlands Bowl Young Artist Auditions, and the Long Beach Mozart Festival Vocal Competition. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she holds a Master's in Vocal Performance from UCLA.

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Friday, February 6, 2015 at 12:15 p.m.

Beverly Hills Auditions Winners!


Boglįrka Kiss, flute  Alison Bjorkedal, harp

BOGLÁRKA KISS flute                                   

Alison Bjorkedal and Boglárka Kiss founded Duo Ondine in 2005. Their performances feature the most cherished repertoire for their ensemble as well as new works, with engaging introductions to each. Most recently, they were selected by the Beverly Hills Auditions as one of the top chamber groups in Los Angeles. To celebrate the Duo's 10th anniversary in 2015, they are commissioning new works by local composers and plan to premiere them in the Southland and record them soon after.

A native of Hungary, with residences in that country and California, awardd-winning flutist Boglárka Kiss teaches music at Pasadena City College, maintains a private flute studio, and is in demand internationally as a masterclass teacher, music coach, and lecturer.

A magna cum laude graduate from the University of Oregon, Alison Bjorkedal earned her Master's and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in harp performance from the USC Thornton School of Music, where she studied with Professor JoAnn Turovsky. She is a member of Southwest Chamber Music, Golden State Pops Orchestra, and MUSE/IQUE.

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Friday, March 6, 2015 at 12:15 p.m.

Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine


Kevin Kwan Loucks, piano  Iryna Krechkovsky, violin  Ross Gasworth, cello

KEVIN KWAN LOUCKS piano                                

Based in Orange County, Trio Céleste was recently appointed Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine. The Trio has already taken on several large-scale projects, including performances of the complete Beethoven Trios and performances of Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the UCI Symphony Orchestra in June of 2012. The Trio is the principal Ensemble-in-Residence at the new series, Chamber Music OC. This performance will feature the famed 1689 "Baumgartner" Stradivari violin on loan to Iryna from the Canada Council for the Arts.  

Trio Céleste performs 3rd movement of Beethoven's Archduke Trio

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Friday, April 3, 2015 at 12:15 p.m.

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Friday, May 1, 2015 at 12:15 p.m.

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Friday, June 5, 2015 at 12:15 p.m.

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