THE CLICKABLE CHAMBER MUSIC NEWSLETTER FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

No.910 Thursday, November 26, 2020 - Sunday, December 6, 2020
Next issue: Thursday, December 3, 2020

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T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S
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(scroll down to the body of the newsletter for full information
and links to the streamed concerts)

A. Highlights and Hidden Gems
   Select Internet Viewing for Chamber Music Aficionados
   (links to the performances given in the body of the newsletter)

1. London's Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:
   GREENWICH TRIO
   Livestreamed Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 10:30AM Pacific Time

2. Streamed from First Church - Free
   UCLA Professor & First Church Organist CHRISTOPH BULL
   on the Great Organs of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
   Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 10:30AM Pacific Time

3. Hennessey Brown Music Concert Series
   at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford, England
   ~ presents a live Q&A & HD video concert from Los Angeles ~
   by Cellist ANDREW SHULMAN & Pianist FABIO BIDINI
   performing Beethoven's Last Two Cello Sonatas 4 & 5
   on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 11:30AM Pacific Time

4. Piano Spheres presents - Free
   GLORIA CHENG: MY WINDOWS
   Chinese Composers in America
   Streams Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 5:00PM Pacific Time

5. Classical Crossroads' "First Fridays at First! ~ fff" - Free
   Pianist SUNG CHANG
   Streams free as a YouTube "Premiere"
   from First Lutheran Church & School in Torrance, California
   on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12:15PM Pacific Time
   and available to stream-on-demand for one month

6. CHAMBER MUSIC PALISADES - Free
   Sampling of last season's highlights

7. 2020/21 Season: LACO CLOSE QUARTERS - Free
   The Instrumental Selections from BORDER CROSSINGS, PART 1

8. London's Wigmore Hall 100 True Livestreamed Concerts - Free
   Sunday, September 13 - Tuesday, December 22, 2020

B. Items of High Interest on the Southland Chamber Music Scene
   (links to the articles given in the body of the newsletter)

* Music Critic TIMOTHY MANGAN's review on Voice of OC
   "Jeremy Denk Hits the Right Notes in Streamed Performance"
   at the Irvine Barclay Theatre for Philharmonic Society of OC

* Celebrity interviewer DAVID MARCHESE in The New York Times
   "Yo-Yo Ma and the Meaning of Life"

C. About the Newsletter

D. Subscribe and Other Information


N E W S L E T T E R   B E G I N S
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GREETINGS, CHAMBER MUSIC AFICIONADOS

A. HIGHLIGHTS and HIDDEN GEMS
   Select Internet Viewing for Chamber Music Aficionados

Here, I give some concerts I've listened to or want to, and other resources. I promise not to overwhelm you with too many. Mostly local.

Support the artists with generous contributions!

My recommendations are largely drawn from two invaluable resources:

1) The "LIVESTREAMING NEWSLETTER -
   An LA Opus Service During the Coronavirus Pandemic"
   https://bit.ly/LAOpus-DavidJBrown31

2) THE COMPREHENSIVE LIST of Upcoming Chamber Music & Recitals
   Generated in partnership with PerformingArtsLIVE
   http://bit.ly/PerformingArtsLIVE-ChamberMusic


RECOMMENDED:


1. London's Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:
   GREENWICH TRIO
     YOKO MISUMI piano, LANA TROTOVSEK violin, HEATHER TUACH cello
   Livestreamed Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 10:30AM Pacific Time
   Donation (£10 or higher)
   https://bit.ly/ConwayHall-GreenwichTrio   

   Program
   Beethoven: Trio in B-flat Major, Op.11, "Gassenhauer"
   Brahms: Trio in A Minor, Op.114
   Brahms: Trio in E-flat Major, Op.40

"Never have I heard piano and stringed instruments meld together so seamlessly" ~ Bachtrack

Formed in 2006, the GREENWICH TRIO won a number of prizes in the UK, Belgium, and Italy including the Solti Foundation and Tunnell Trust Awards, and the First Prize of the Beethoven Society of Europe Chamber Music Competition. Greenwich Trio received mentorship from legendary names in chamber music including Amadeus Quartet, Alban Berg Quartet, Guarneri Quartet, Beaux Arts Trio, Trio Fontenay, Menahem Pressler, Bernard Greenhouse, Ivry Gitlis, Stephen Kovacevich, Ralf Gothoni, Arnold Steinhardt, Valentin Erben, and Eberhardt Feltz. Read about the Greenwich Trio by clicking:
https://www.greenwichtrio.com/

This recital by the Greenwich Trio will be preceded by a short performance from 18-year-old ELIZAVETA LESSOUN (18), who recently was the winner of The Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation competition. She will play Massenet's Elégie Op.10 No.5 and Karl Davydof's "At the Fountain."

Founded in the 1880s, Conway Hall Sunday Concerts is the longest-running chamber music concert series of its kind in Europe. Conway Hall was built in 1929 to host concerts and lectures, and they have continued here until the present day. The ethos of "affordable classical music for all" still remains.




2. Streamed from First Church - Free
   UCLA Professor & First Church Organist CHRISTOPH BULL
   on the Great Organs of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
   Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 10:30AM Pacific Time
   https://www.fccla.org/live

Christoph writes: "In order to give the Live Stream AV Team a break, this comes from the vault, namely my very first full-length solo concert as FCCLA organist-in-residence on December 8, 2013."

ORGAN PRELUDE
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707): Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
Dietrich Buxtehude: Toccata, Fugue and Chiacona in C Major
William (Billy) Joel (b1949): Invention in C Minor
François Couperin (1688-1733): Élévation
Christoph Bull, after Couperin: Récit de Cornet
Richard Keys Biggs (1886-1962): Toccata Deo Gratias

ORGAN POSTLUDE
Richard Keys Biggs (1886-1962): Toccata Deo Gratias (Reprise)

VOCAL MUSIC DURING THE SERVICE
Bernice Johnson Reagon: Come Unto Me
  LAUDE, DAVID HARRIS director, MOLLY PEASE & EMILY GOGLIA soloists
Traditional Basque Carol: Gabriel's Message
  LAUDE, DAVID HARRIS director
Glenn McClure & Wes Kinneson, arr. Shawn Kirchner:
  One Sweet Little Baby
  LAUDE, CHRISTOPH BULL piano
Peter Wilhousky: Carol of the Bells
  Cathedral Choir

Dr. CHRISTOPH BULL's half-hour livestreamed preludes, often with guest artists, Sunday mornings beginning at 10:30AM on the Great Organs of First Church, are among the finest musical offerings on the internet. Stay tuned-in for the optional freshly pre-produced First Church Sunday Service, with its superb professional chamber choir LAUDE, directed by Dr. DAVID HARRIS, and for Christoph's organ postlude. Donations appreciated.




3. Hennessey Brown Music Concert Series
   at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford, England
   ~ presents a live Q&A & HD video concert from Los Angeles ~
   by Cellist ANDREW SHULMAN & Pianist FABIO BIDINI
   performing Beethoven's Last Two Cello Sonatas 4 & 5
   on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 11:30AM Pacific Time
   https://bit.ly/HennesseyBrown-ShulmanBidini

The Program
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827):
Cello Sonata No.4 in C Major, Op.102 No.1 (1815)
Cello Sonata No.5 in D Major, Op.102 No.2 (1815)

ANDREW SHULMAN is Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, a position he has held with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and London's Philharmonia Orchestra. He is Professor of Cello at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Italian pianist FABIO BIDINI is among the world's leading pianists. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra Prague, and Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra at Liszt Academy Hall, among many others. A Steinway artist, he is the Piano Chair at the Colburn Conservatory.

ANDREW SHULMAN writes, "This online concert from Los Angeles features the two final sonatas for piano and cello by Ludwig van Beethoven in this, his 250th birthday year. Written in 1815, they both represent the beginning of Beethoven's transition from great composer to visionary genius. Profoundly deaf, he takes us on an extraordinary journey, exploring new, sometimes shocking, sometimes intensely beautiful musical ideas, moulded into unique, concise and perfectly proportioned works that only Beethoven could have conceptualized! Fabio Bidini and I absolutely love performing these masterpieces, and we hope you enjoy this concert from sunny LA."

Prices
Music Student/Professional Musician: £5.95
Standard tickets start at: £8.95
Zoom Room opens at 10:45AM and Q&A starts at 11:00 Pacific Time
Concerts starts on YouTube at 11:30AM Pacific Time




4. Piano Spheres presents - Free
   GLORIA CHENG: MY WINDOWS
   Chinese Composers in America
   Streams Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 5:00PM Pacific Time
   https://pianospheres.org/watch/

The Program
Lei Liang: from My Windows (2007): i. Tian (Heaven)
Ge Gan-ru: Ancient Music: i. Gong (1985)
Wang Lu and Anthony Cheung: Recombinant (2017)
Phyllis Chen: Hypnos (2011)
Chou Wen-chung: The Willows are New (1957)
Zhou Long: Pianobells (2013)
Carolyn Chen: Northern vs. Southern Lion (2020)
  (World premiere, Piano Spheres commission)
Joan Huang: A Flowing Brook in Yunnan (2014)
Lei Liang: from My Windows (2007):iv. Pausing, Awaiting
the Wind to Rise...

Renowned pianist GLORIA CHENG is acclaimed as a discerning artist devoted to tapping the expressive core of contemporary music. She teaches at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA. Gloria earned her B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, and graduate degrees in Music from UCLA and USC. Read about Gloria Cheng by clicking:
http://gloriachengpiano.com/

Watch GLORIA CHENG in a 20-minute discussion with the composers for her December 1 Piano Spheres concert release MY WINDOWS - Chinese Composers in America - by clicking:
https://youtu.be/Uu-iXBAlQuk




5. Classical Crossroads' "First Fridays at First! ~ fff" - Free
   ~ presents ~
   Pianist SUNG CHANG
   Streams free as a YouTube "Premiere"
   First Lutheran Church & School in Torrance, California
   on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12:15PM Pacific Time
   and available to stream-on-demand for one month
   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCadVkUT0qn5EDWxyQwu1sZw/videos

The Program
Franz Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D946
I. Allegro assay in E-flat Minor
II. Allegretto in E-flat Major
III. Allegra in C Major
Franz Liszt: Liebestraum No.3 (Love's Dream), S541
Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No.3 in C-sharp Minor, Op.39  

Pianist SUNG CHANG is known for his outstanding technical abilities, musical maturity, and sensitive yet powerful expression that shines through the keys. He has received critical acclaim from Jeffrey Kahane for his "poetic imagination, superb technical skills, and, most importantly, a deep emotional connection to whatever music he plays."

Among his numerous wins in more than ten international competitions, Sung Chang earned First Prize, Audience Prize, and the Schubert Special Prize from the International Schubert Competition for Piano Duo. Sung took the Silver Medal at the 12th San Antonio International Piano Competition. Most recently, he was awarded Second Prize at The Art of Duo presented by the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition in Colorado with noted violinist YuEun Kim. The duo performed the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, all within a span of three weeks, at the USC Thornton School of Music. Sung Chang studied at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany, and completed his studies at the USC Thornton School with Professor Jeffrey Kahane.

Read about Sung Chang by clicking:
http://sungchangpianist.com/

Donations appreciated. For 2020-2021 concert-series information and online donations, click:
http://www.palosverdes.com/ClassicalCrossroads/FirstFridays.htm




6. CHAMBER MUSIC PALISADES - Free
   Sampling of last season's highlights
   https://www.cmpalisades.org/cmp-at-home

The good folks at Chamber Music Palisades write, "We miss you!
While we wait to perform in-person again, please enjoy this short sampling we have put together for you of last season's highlights."

The Selections
Beethoven: String Trio, Op.9 No. 3. Allegro con spirit
  ALYSSA PARK violin, SCOTT WOOLWEAVER viola, TIMOTHY LOO cello
Jean Cras: Quintet for flute, violin, viola, cello, and harp
  SUSAN GREENBERG flute, CRISTINA MONTES MATEO harp,
  ALYSSA PARK violin, LUKE MAUER viola, TIMOTHY LOO cello
Paul Dukas: Villanelle for horn and piano
  AMY JO RHINE horn, DELORES STEVENS piano
Bruce Broughton: An Angel in the Attic
  SUSAN GREENBERG flute, CRISTINA MONTES MATEO harp
Mendelssohn: Concert Piece, Op.113 No 1
  for clarinet, bassoon, and piano
  SERGIO COEHLO clarinet, JUDITH FARMER bassoon,
  DELORES STEVENS piano

During this hiatus, CHAMBER MUSIC PALISADES will be streaming some short concerts. The first one will feature flutist SUSAN GREENBERG and harpist CHRISTINA MONTES MATEO, which should be available in the next few weeks. See Chamber Music Palisades' newly updated website by clicking:
https://www.cmpalisades.org/




7. 2020/21 Season: LACO CLOSE QUARTERS - Free
   The Instrumental Selections from BORDER CROSSINGS, PART 1
   https://bit.ly/CloseQuarters-InstrumentalCuts

Music-focused highlights from "Close Quarters," Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's new premium streaming series:   
https://www.laco.org/close-quarters/

The Program
José Enrique González-Medina: Concierto barroco
Santiago De Murcia: Gallardas
Anonymous: Trio Sonata No.4 "Chiquitana"
Anonymous: Diferencias sobre la gayta

The Artists
PATRICIA MABEE leader & harpsichord
JOSEFINA VERGARA violin
SUSAN RISHIK violin
ARMEN KSAJIKIAN cello
BEN SMOLEN flute
JASON YOSHIDA theorbo/baroque guitar
PETRI KORPELA percussion




8. London's Wigmore Hall 100 True Livestreamed Concerts - Free
   Sunday, September 13 - Tuesday, December 22, 2020
   https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/new-autumn-series

Some of the world's finest chamber music and recitals happen at Wigmore Hall. Its autumn series of 100 concerts includes 28 lunchtime concerts in association with BBC Radio 3. All 100 concerts will be true livestreams in HD video and free to watch on Wigmore Hall's website. Donations are appreciated. The video and audio quality and professional minimal video editing of Wigmore's streamed concerts is superb. [JE: Highly recommended]

Past concerts are available to stream on demand for one month.
https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/wigmore-hall-live/past-live-streams




B. ITEMS OF HIGH INTEREST ON THE SOUTHLAND CHAMBER MUSIC SCENE


* Music Critic TIMOTHY MANGAN's review on Voice of OC
   "Jeremy Denk Hits the Right Notes in Streamed Performance"
   at the Irvine Barclay Theatre for Philharmonic Society of OC
   https://bit.ly/VoiceOfOC-TimMangan002




* Celebrity interviewer DAVID MARCHESE in The New York Times
   "Yo-Yo Ma and the Meaning of Life"
   https://bit.ly/NYT-DavidMarchese001




C. ABOUT THE CLICKABLE CHAMBER MUSIC NEWSLETTER

The Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter was founded in November 1999. It's delivered via e-mail as a free community service and also posted on Classical Crossroads' website at:
http://www.palosverdes.com/ClassicalCrossroads/CCMN.html

About the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter
Music Critic BONDO WYSZPOLSKI writes in the EasyReader
"Your guide to classical music? Jim Eninger"
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There are currently 4,450 subscribers, who also receive occasional mid-issue newsletter updates and html e-flyers for select concerts.

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Happy Thanksgiving! and take care,
Jim Eninger, Editor-in-Chief
The Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter
Torrance, California




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