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2023-2024 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. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the concerts have been streamed over the internet since March 2020, and the series was brought under the nonprofit umbrella of Classical Crossroads, Inc. The concerts will continue to be simultaneously livestreamed even as Covid recedes.

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

Free admission - Donations Appreciated

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[2020-2021] [2021-2022] [2022-2023]

Concerts Are Performed in Front of a Live Audience
and Simultaneously Livestreamed at the Scheduled Concert Time

Advance Reservations Requested to Attend in Person
Email: by a day ahead and request to be included on the check-in list with the names of your guests.

With consent of the artists, the concerts may be made available for on-demand streaming from Classical Crossroads' Vimeo Showcase for about a month, beginning a few days following the concert.

To appreciate the livestreamed 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.

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Sunday, September 10, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.


Trio Céleste

                              IRYNA KRECHKOVSKY violin
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. Trio Céleste has performed hundreds of concerts worldwide including 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. In 2014, the ensemble was selected from over 500 applicants to be Artists-in-Residence at The Grand Canyon National Park.

Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

Part II of a Concert in Two Parts*

Cellist Emilio Colón  Cellist Cara Elise Colón  

Cellist/Conductor                           Cellist                                            Pianist
EMILIO COLÓN         CARA ELISE COLÓN                       STEVEN                                                                                           VANHAUWAERT
and Friends

Acclaimed as a passionate and virtuosic performer, Emilio Colón is highly sought after as a solo cellist, chamber musician, conductor, composer, and pedagogue. In 2017, Emilio was named Artist of the Year by the New York Classical Music Society. Notable appearances as soloist include the National Symphony of Ukraine, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony of Istanbul, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra. Emilio is on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Cellist Cara Elise Colón has performed in chamber music collaborations throughout the world. Most recently she was invited to perform with the Perak Society of Performing Arts (PSPA) International Ensemble on tour in Malaysia, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series and the Ware Center Concert Series in Pennsylvania, the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival, the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, and the Fundación Musical Chamber Series in Puerto Rico. Cara has held positions on the faculty of the Indiana University String Academy and the Indianapolis Academy of Music.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his "impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique," Steven 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, the Forbidden City Theatre in Beijing, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Concertgebouw in Brugge, the Great Hall of the Budapest Liszt Conservatory, Segerstrom Hall, and the National Philharmonic Hall in Kiev. Mr. Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist.

Sunday’s concert adds violinist Ambroise Aubrun and violist Sofia Kim in Anton Arensky’s Quartet for violin, viola, and two cellos.

* This Part II of a concert in two parts followed Part I presented on Classical Crossroads' "First Fridays at First! ~ fff" series.

Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

Berlin-based Pianist

Pianist 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

Pianist Einav Yarden is praised for her “...imagination and exceptionally vivid playing... Sense of immense majesty, tempered by gentleness and quiet grace” (The Washington Post), and “glistening rapture...ingenious humor” (Tagesspiegel, Germany). She appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Calgary Philharmonic, and others. As a recitalist she performed at renowned festivals as La Roque d’Anthéron, Ruhr Festival, and in the Berlin Philharmonie, the Berlin Konzerthaus, Lincoln Center, Phillips Collection, Bayreuth's Markgräfliches Opernhaus, and other halls.

A Challenge Classics artist, her 2023 Bach Father and Son release received enormous enthusiasm from the international press. Her Haydn CD was awarded with the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics' Award).

Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

Violinist Kerenza Peacock  Pianist Robert Thies

Violinist                                     Pianist

"What's wonderful about watching Kerenza Peacock is that she's so enthusiastic in everything she plays. And she combines her enthusiasm with some extremely fine playing."

~ Nick Bailey, Classic FM

English violinist, currently residing in Los Angeles, Kerenza Peacock is a musical wanderer - equally at home playing classical selections by Mozart and Brahms as she is performing new works or playing with the world's most famous pop stars. Kerenza trained at the Royal Academy of Music and was leader of the Pavao Quartet for 15 years,recording five albums and touring the world.

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

~ Los Angeles Times

Pianist Robert Thies's solo recitals are highly regarded by aficionados for his consummate musicianship and his sensitive artistic interpretations. 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 collaborative artist.

Advance Reservations Are Requested to Attend in Person
Email: by a day ahead and request to be included on the check-in list with the names of your guests. (Season contributors are automatically placed on the check-in lists for all the season concerts.)

Sunday, February 18, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.
(note this is a 3rd Sunday to accommodate the artists' schedule)

Stars of Tomorrow
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School of Music

Winner of USC's 2023 Ofiesh Quartet Competition


Violinist Agatha Blevin Violinist Veronika Manchur
Violist Gloria Choi Cellist Joseph Kim


The Marzipan Quartet members are in USC Thornton School of Music's graduate program studying with its esteemed faculty: L.A. Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour (Agatha), former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow (Veronika), renowned violist and Naumburg Viola Competition winner Karen Dreyfus (Gloria), and LACO Principal Cellist Andrew Shulman (Joseph). This concert marks the quartet's debut. Later this year, they will make their European debut in the South of France.

Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

Selections from Their Soon-To-Be-Recorded Album

Ambroise Aubrun - Steven Vanhauwaert - Jocelyn Aubrun

                         Violinist                         Pianist                           Flutist
           AMBROISE AUBRUN         STEVEN             JOCELYN AUBRUN                                                      VANHAUWAERT

Hailed as a "marvelous violinist" (France Musique) with "sensitive tone" (Pizzicato Magazine) and "tremendous ease, suppleness and beauty of sound" (Nice-Matin), French violinist Ambroise Aubrun has performed extensively in Europe and North America in halls such as Salzburg Haus Für Mozart, Yerevan Khachaturian Grand Hall, Los Angeles Broad Stage, Zipper Hall, Chicago Bradley Hall, and Paris Hotel des Invalides. He has shared the stage with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Scott St. John, Martin Chalifour, Fred Sherry, Clive Greensmith, Carrie Dennis, Richard O'Neill, Rohan de Saram, Steven Vanhauwaert, and the Borroméo and Ebène string quartets, among others.

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 Kyiv. Artistic Director of Classical Crossroads' Second Sundays at Two series, Mr. Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist. 

Winner of three international competitions, French flutist Jocelyn Aubrun is the principal flute at the Orchester National de Lyon. He has played concertos as a soloist with National d'Ile de France (Reinecke), Krakow Orchestra (Penderecki),  Cannes Orchestra (Mozart), and Lyon Orchestra (Bach, Mozart). Jocelyn shares the stage in chamber music with noted artists such as Alasdair Beaston, Guillaume Sutre, Vincent Warnier, Kyunghee Kim, Lise Berthaud, Nora Gubisch, Ton Koopman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Emmanuel Rossfelder, Lorenzo Gatto, Vardan Mamikomian. He studied at the Nice Conservatory, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de danse de Lyon, and the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, where he earned a Master's degree.

Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.


David Kaplan, piano  Catherine Gregory, flute

                                Pianist                                        Flutist
                    DAVID KAPLAN        CATHERINE GREGORY

"Ms. Gregory and Mr. Kaplan . . . played . . . with heroic abandon . . .
It couldn't have been played more beautifully."
~ Barrett Cobb, New York Concert Review

Australian flutist Catherine Gregory, winner of the Pro Musicis International Award, has performed around the globe in some of the world's foremost venues -- from Alice Tully Hall in New York, to London's Milton Court, Hamburg's new Elbphilharmonie, and the Sydney Opera House. The New York Times has called her playing "magically mysterious," also writing that "Ms. Gregory left a deep impression, her sound rich and fully present." She has been a guest of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia CMS, Caramoor, Bay Chamber Festival, and the Southern Cross Soloists, as well as on tour with the Australian and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. She made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2019.

A member of the UCLA piano faculty and a Yamaha/Bösendorfer Artist, David Kaplan has been called "excellent and adventurous" by The New York Times, and praised by the Boston Globe for "grace and fire" at the keyboard. He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Britten Sinfonia and Das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, and has performed recitals at the Ravinia Festival, Sarasota Opera House, Washington's National Gallery, Music on Main in Vancouver, and Strathmore. Kaplan's New Dances of the League of David, a recital infusing Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze with 16 new works was cited among the "Best Classical Music Performances of 2015" by The New York Times.

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Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

Sakura Cello Ensemble
Stella Cho ~ Peter Myers ~ Benjamin Lash ~ Michael Kaufman ~ Yoshika Masuda

The cello quintet Sakura's name honors the great mentor and artist Ralph Kirshbaum, with whom all five members studied at the USC Thornton School of Music. Sakura (Japanese) and Kirschbaum (German) have the same meaning: "cherry tree," whose blossoms each have five petals. Hailed as "brilliant" and "superb" by Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times, the Sakura Cello Quintet is built on the artistry and virtuosity of its members.

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Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

Part II of a Concert in Two Parts*

                                           Cellist                               Pianist
                              DMITRI ATAPINE   &   HYEYEON PARK

 Dmitri Atapine, cello & -Hyeyeon Park, piano

Acclaimed cellist Dmitri Atapine has been described as an artist with "brilliant technical chops" (Gramophone), whose playing is "highly impressive throughout" (The Strad). He has appeared on some of the world's foremost stages, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall, Forbidden City Concert Hall, National Taipei Concert Hall, and the National Auditorium of Spain. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Atapine frequently performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is Professor of Cello at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Described as "a pianist with power, precision, and tremendous glee" (Gramophone Magazine) and praised as "very sensitive" (Washington Post), Hyeyeon Park has appeared on leading concert stages throughout the world, including on the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago; the Trinity Wall Street Series, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Merkin Recital Hall in New York City; the Philips Collection and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and the Seoul Art Center. She is Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Nevada, Reno.

* This Patr II of a concert in two parts follows Part I presented on Classical Crossroads' "First Fridays at First! ~ fff" series.

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