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Second Sundays at Two

2021-2022 Concert Series

The Second Sundays at Two concert series, graciously hosted as a gift to the community by Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, sprang to life in January 2009. The near-perfect acoustics and excellent sight lines of the church's sanctuary soon made the series a favorite of aficionados and performing artists alike. Word spread on the classical music scene, and the series now draws leading artists from across the nation and around the world.

ROLLING HILLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates CA 90274
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For information, call Classical Crossroads at (310) 316-5574 or click here.

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[2020-2021]

To Safely Begin the 2021-2022 Season,
Concerts Will Be Videotaped and
Streamed-as-Live at the Scheduled Concert Time

Sign up above for e-mail concert reminders, which will have the internet links to the YouTube "Premieres" of the concerts, or check back here shortly before concert time.

Classical Crossroads is tentatively considering inviting a small number of verified, fully vaccinated supporters to the videotaping sessions. As the season progresses and the Covid situation improves, cautious steps are planned to return to live-audience concerts, with livestreaming for those who cannot attend in person.

To appreciate the streamed concerts, you are encouraged to set aside time as you would for a live-audience concert, get comfortable, and watch on a large-screen TV with a high-quality soundbar. Alternatively, watch on an iPad or other quality computer screen with headphones.

Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

"Superb Technique and Profound Musicality"
~ Los Angeles Times

Pianist Althea Waites

Pianists
 ALTHEA WAITES

Internationally acclaimed pianist Althea Waites has concertized extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South Africa as a brilliant soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist. She has participated in numerous festivals and has appeared on National Public Radio's Performance Today and at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Geneva Conservatory of Music in Switzerland, Merkin Hall in New York City, the Phillips Gallery in Washington, D.C., and on Sundays Live at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to name a few.

Ms. Waites' recording credits include her acclaimed Black Diamonds CD, a landmark of selections by African-American composers: Florence Price, the first African-American woman to achieve national recognition; Margaret Bonds, a protégée of Price; William Grant Still, the dean of African-American composers; and Ed Bland, highly original and cutting edge. A Yamaha Artist, Ms. Waites holds degrees from Xavier University of Louisiana and the Master of Music degree in Piano from the Yale School of Music.

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Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

A pianist of "unerring, warm-toned refinement,
revealing judicious glimmers of power"

~ Los Angeles Times

Pianist
ROBERT THIES

Pianist Robert ThiesPianist Robert Thies's solo recitals are highly regarded by aficionados not only for his consummate musicianship and his sensitive artistic interpretations, but for his illuminating observations about the composers and the selections. Thies first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Robert Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has performed over 40 different concerti with orchestras worldwide.

A graduate of USC, his teachers have included Robert Turner and Daniel Pollack, both protégées of the legendary Russian teacher and pianist Madame Rosina Lhevinne and the great pianist Josef Lhevinne. Robert has an avid Southern California following. He is returning to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, where he grew up, for his sixteenth appearance on the Second Sundays At Two series.

This concert was videotaped and streamed.
Find the link at Classical Crossroads' YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/c/ClassicalCrossroads

Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Collaboration of Two Stellar Artists

Pianist Bernadene Blaha  Violinist Laurence Kayaleh

Canadian Pianist                        Swiss Violinist      
BERNADENE BLAHA     LAURENCE KAYALEH

"a pianist of integrity, with lovely sonorities and total clarity of line" ~ Piano and Keyboard magazine

Originally from Canada, Bernadene Blaha first came to international attention as a prizewinner in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition; the Young Keyboard Artists International Piano Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan; the Masterplayers International Competition, Lugano, Switzerland; and the 11th Annual International Piano Competition, New York City. This last award resulted in two highly acclaimed recital appearances, at Carnegie Recital Hall and the Lincoln Center Library. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Professor Blaha has been a member of the Keyboard Faculty at USC's Thornton School of Music, since 1993.

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Miss Kayaleh possesses the power of genius. . . . Music is in every instrumental intonation of hers, in every phrase, continued in the inimitable beauty of her violin's sounds.
~ Nesavisimaya Gazette - Moscow

International concert performer Laurence Kayaleh is an artist of deep musical insight, possessing a rich, singing tone and a natural feeling for style. Ms. Kayaleh's early career took her to prestigious music centers in the world: Paris, Prague, Brussels, Zurich, Sofia, Bern, Moscow, Modena, and Geneva, where she was soloist with such well-known orchestras as Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra, Geneva's Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the RTBF Symphony Orchestra (Belgium), and the Basel Symphony Orchestra.

This concert will be videotaped and streamed.
Find the link at Classical Crossroads' YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/c/ClassicalCrossroads

Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Part II of a Recital in Two Parts*

Cellist Clive Greensmith  Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert

                  Cellist                               Pianist                  
           CLIVE GREENSMITH     STEVEN VANHAUWAERT

From 1999 until its final season in 2013, Clive Greensmith was a member of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet, giving over one hundred performances each year in the most prestigious international venues, including New York's Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, London's South Bank, the Paris Chatelet, the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna's Musikverein, and Tokyo's Suntory Hall. He has collaborated with international artists such as Andras Schiff, Pinchas Zukerman, Leon Fleisher, Lynn Harrell, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Alicia de Larrocha, and Emanuel Ax. Formerly the principal cellist of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Greensmith is a founding member of the Montrose Trio with pianist Jon Kimura Parker, and violinist Martin Beaver.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his "impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique," Steven Vanhauwaert has garnered a wide array of accolades, including the First Prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. Mr. Vanhauwaert made his solo debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and has appeared in some of the world's leading venues, including the National Center of the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Concertgebouw in Brugge, the Great Hall of the Budapest Liszt Conservatory, the Forbidden City Theatre in Beijing, Segerstrom Hall, and the National Philharmonic Hall in Kiev, and with the Pacific Symphony, the Lviv Philharmonic, the Sofia Sinfonietta, the Flemish Symphony, and the Kyiv Kamerata, to name just a few. Artistic Director of Classical Crossroads' Second Sundays at Two series, Mr. Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist.

* Part I of this recital streams on the previous Friday on Classical Crossroads' "First Fridays at First! ~ fff " series.

Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Stars of Tomorrow
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USCThornton
School of Music

A top student ensemble from the USC Thornton graduate program selected by renowned Professors of Viola and Violin, Karen Dreyfus and Lina Bahn.

Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Acclaimed Berlin-Based Israeli Pianist

Pianist Einav Yarden

EINAV YARDEN

". . . imagination and exceptionally vivid playing . . . Sense of immense majesty, tempered by gentleness and quiet grace"
~ The Washington Post

"glistening rapture . . . ingenious humor"
~ Tagesspiegel, Germany

Award-winning pianist Einav Yarden has appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Calgary Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Jerusalem Symphony, among others. Notable stages on which Einav has performed as a recitalist include the Berlin Philharmonie, the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the 92nd Street Y in New York, The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, and Paris's Salle Cortot and Auditorium of the Musée d'Orsay, among others.

Einav was a longtime student of the great Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, earning with high honors a Master of Music and a Graduate Performance Diploma. Her earlier education was in Tel Aviv University with Emanuel Krasovsky.

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Acclaimed Canadian Pianist
from the USC Thornton School Faculty

Pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald

Pianist
 KEVIN FITZ-GERALD

"Fitz-Gerald's playing was masterfully compelling throughout. Every note was in place, yet uncompromising rhythmic definition, unabashed temperament and penetrating reading resulted in a wonderfully prepared and inspired performance."
~ Los Angeles Times

Canadian pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald enjoys a versatile performing career as recitalist, orchestra soloist, and chamber musician. His performances have garnered international acclaim, and he has been recognized for his "hypnotically powerful and precise" pianism and "dynamic and distinguished" interpretations. His concert tours and performances have taken place in major concert halls, universities, and concert organizations throughout the United States, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, Mexico, South America, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean. Notable venues include Carnegie Recital Hall (New York), The Mormon Tabernacle (Utah), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), the Roy Thompson Hall (Toronto), Place des Arts (Montreal), Izumi Hall (Osaka), Suntori Hall (Tokyo), the National Gallery of Jamaica (Kingston), and Town Hall (Melbourne). He has appeared with Canadian and American orchestras including the Toronto Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Canadian Chamber Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Camerata, and the Utah Chamber Orchestra.

Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Part II of a Concert in Two Parts*

Pianist €Steven Vanhauwaert€

Pianist
STEVEN VANHAUWAERT

and Friends in a Concert of Piano Quartets & Quintets

"impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique" ~ Los Angeles Times

Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert has garnered a wide array of accolades, including the First Prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. Mr. Vanhauwaert has made his solo debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall performing the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Fratello. He has appeared as a soloist in some of the world's leading venues, including the National Center of the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Concertgebouw in Brugge, the Great Hall of the Budapest Liszt Conservatory, the Forbidden City Theatre in Beijing, Segerstrom Hall, and the National Philharmonic Hall in Kiev, and with the Pacific Symphony, the Lviv Philharmonic, the Sofia Sinfonietta, the Flemish Symphony, and the Kyiv Kamerata, to name just a few.

* Part I of this recital streams on the previous Friday on Classical Crossroads' "First Fridays at First! ~ fff " series.

Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

TRIO CÉLESTE

Trio Céleste

                              IRYNA KRECHKOVSKY violin
     KEVIN KWAN LOUCKS piano
ROSS GASWORTH cello                                    

Hailed as "a first-class ensemble" (Orange County Register), "unfailingly stylish" (The Strad), "technically dazzling" (Long Beach Gazette), "flawless" (New York Concert Review), and "the epitome of what chamber musicians should be" (Palm Beach Daily News), Trio Céleste has firmly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles on the classical music scene today.

Recent highlights include recital debuts at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York's Carnegie Hall, and the Seoul Art Center in South Korea. Trio Céleste performed the world premiere of Paul Dooley's Concerto Grosso for Piano Trio and Strings, co-commissioned by Trio Céleste and Chamber Music | OC. Winners of the prestigious Beverly Hills National Auditions and the recipients of the 2017 Emerging Artist Award from Arts Orange County, the ensemble has performed hundreds of recitals worldwide. In 2014, the ensemble was selected from over 500 applicants to be Artists-in-Residence at The Grand Canyon National Park.

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