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ROLLING HILLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
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Second Sundays at Two

2020-2021 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.

Free admission - Donations Appreciated

For the 2020-2021 Concert Season,
the 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. 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.

At the discretion of the artists, the concert will be available to stream-on-demand for one month after the Premiere at the Classical Crossroads YouTube Channel.

Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Acclaimed Canadian Pianists
from the USC Thornton School Faculty

Pianist Bernadene Blaha   Pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald

Duo Pianists 
 BERNADENE BLAHA     KEVIN FITZ-GERALD

"Beautifully matched, the duo presented a jewel case version
of this amiable work, the finger work crystalline and pert,
the lyrical moments treated with sensitivity and grace,
and the final movement simple, unbuttoned fun"

~ Calgary Herald

Canadian pianists Bernadene Blaha and Kevin Fitz-Gerald are internationally recognized as gifted recitalists, concerto soloists, and chamber musicians, appearing in leading concert series on world-renowned stages. Collaboration in the four-hand and two-piano repertoire arose from an invitation to tour classical music for the Royal Viking Cruise line shortly after they were married in 1987. These excursions took them to China, Japan, Korea, Hawaii, and the Mediterranean and were so successful that the artists expanded their repertoire to include the major works for four hands and two pianos. Currently based in Los Angeles, both pianists serve as faculty members at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.

archived concert

Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Internationally Renowned Italian Pianist Fabio Bidini
~ joins ~
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Principal Cellist Andrew Shulman

  
 
FABIO BIDINI                ANDREW SHULMAN

"The Italian pianist held the music in a passionate, personal embrace. Beethoven and Chopin alternately glowed and blazed in his hands." ~ The Dallas Morning News

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

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  "cellist Andrew Shulman delivered some of the most beautiful music heard in any concert this year" ~ The Los Angeles Times

A favorite on Second Sundays at Two, 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. This will be Andrew's third appearance on the series.

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Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Pianist
MARK ROBSON

Mark Robson, piano

"one of the great techniques," "an inquiring mind," and a performer capable of evoking an "exquisite engulfing pastel haze" ~  Los Angeles Times

Mark Robson is a consummate keyboardist equally at home with Early Music played on the harpsichord and organ to the great Romantic repertoire and contemporary piano works. As a collaborative artist with singers and instrumentalists, he commands the respect of his peers in both the recital and chamber settings. Mark is a regular soloist on the acclaimed Piano Spheres and Jacaranda series, as well as numerous other Los Angeles concert series.

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Sunday, January 10, 2021 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, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York's Carnegie Hall, Seoul Art Center in South Korea, and 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.

Watch the Concert
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
and one month afterwards

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

Stars of Tomorrow
~ from the ~
USCThornton
School of Music

ECHO TRIO

Pianist Connie Kim-Sheng  Violinist Kyle Gilner  Cellist Sarah Kim
 
Pianist                            Violinist                             Cellist
CONNIE KIM-SHENG       KYLE GILNER                 SARAH KIM     

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

Top prizewinner of numerous competitions, California native Connie Kim-Sheng studied with John Perry for 10 years before pursuing her Bachelor's degree from The Glenn Gould School. She earned her Master's at the New England Conservatory and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the USC Thornton School of Music, under the guidance of Jeffrey Kahane.

Violinist Kyle Anthony Gilner holds degrees from the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Henry Gronnier, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with former Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra, William Preucil. He has participated in masterclasses with Jan Sloman, Arnold Steinhardt, and members of the Schubert Ensemble of London, Laredo-Robinson Trio, and the Danish, Takács, St. Lawrence, and Emerson string quartets.

Australian-born cellist Sarah Kim has performed in Australia, Europe, and the U.S.A. She completed the Advanced Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music, earned her Master of Music degree at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and her Master of Chamber Music degree and an Artist Diploma at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. Ms. Kim relocated to Los Angeles in 2019 to join the studio of Professor Ralph Kirshbaum at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Watch the Concert
Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
and one month afterwards

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

Pianist
ROBERT THIES

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Pianist Robert Thies

"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 not only for his consummate musicianship and his sensitive artistic interpretations, but also for his illuminating observations about the composers and the selections. Robert captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. With this victory, Thies became the only American pianist to win first prize in a Russian piano competition since Van Cliburn's famed triumph in Moscow in 1958. Robert has an avid Southern California following. He is returning to the Palos Verdes Peninsula where he grew up for his fifteenth appearance on the Second Sundays At Two series.

Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Part II of a Recital in Two Parts*

Cellist Emilio Colon  Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert

Cellist/Conductor                               Pianist                  
  
EMILIO COLÓN          STEVEN VANHAUWAERT

Acclaimed as a passionate and virtuosic performer, Emilio Colón is highly sought after as a solo cellist, chamber musician, conductor, composer, and pedagogue. An extensive international career takes him throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. In 2017, Emilio was named Artist of the Year by the New York Classical Music Society. Notable appearances include soloist with the National Symphony of the Ukraine, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony of Istanbul, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra. Emilio is on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

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. Mr. Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist.

* Part I of this recital will be streamed on the previous Friday at 12:15 p.m. as part of the "First Fridays at First! ~ fff " series.

Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Members of the Internationally Acclaimed
DSCH - Shostakovich Ensemble

Pianist Filipe Pinto Ribeiro

Portuguese Pianist
FILIPE PINTO-RIBEIRO

The DSCH - Shostakovich Ensemble is a Lisbon-based Portuguese project, which provides a platform for interaction of musicians of excellence on the international scene, masters of their instruments, compelled by the pleasure of making chamber music and a deep artistic collaboration. It was created under the artistic direction of acclaimed pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro in 2006, the centennial year of the birth of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich, to whom the ensemble owes its name.

The hidden musical signature of the alternate spelling of Dmitri SCHostakovich, the cryptogram DSCH (also Shostakovich's nickname), is the thematic musical motif, when translated from German to English notation, "D - E-flat - C - B." It is found in some of his most significant works.

Special Note: This is Part I of a two-part recital. Part II will be streamed as part of Rolling Hills United Methodist's "Second Sundays at Two" series on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

* Part I of this recital will be streamed on the previous Friday at 12:15 p.m. as part of the "First Fridays at First! ~ fff " series.

 

Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Pianist
STEVEN VANHAUWAERT

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"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.

Recent albums such as Joseph Woelfl: The Paris Years (Sonarti Records) and Pensées Intimes (Hortus Records) were included in the Top 10 award on Belgian radio and received a 5 diapasons rating in France. His album Dispersion (Hortus Records) featuring works by Hindemith, Vierne, Casella, Schulhoff and a world premiere recording by Belgian composer Raymond Moulaert, received rave reviews in Germany, France, Holland, the UK, and the US. Mr. Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist.

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