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ROLLING HILLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
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Second Sundays at Two

2022-2023 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 screamed over the internet since March 2020, and the series was brought under the nonprofit umbrella of Classical Crossroads, Inc.

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] [2021-2022] [2022-2023]

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

Advance Reservations Requested to Attend in Person
Email: ClassicalCrossroads@Earthlink.net 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.

Sign up above for e-mail concert reminders (above), which will have the internet links to the Vimeo livestreams of the concerts, or check back shortly before concert time.

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Concertmaster
Plays Duets with Calder Quartet Cellist

Violinist Martin Chalifour    Cellist Eric Byers

Violinist                                        Cellist  
MARTIN CHALIFOUR                   ERIC BYERS        

Violinist Martin Chalifour will begin his 25th season as Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic this fall. He graduated with honors from the Montreal Conservatory at the age of 18 and then moved to the United States to continue studies at the famed Curtis Institute of Music. Chalifour received a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and is also a laureate of the prestigious Montreal International Competition. Apart from his LA Phil duties, he maintains an active solo career, playing a diverse repertoire of more than 60 concertos.

As a founding member of the Calder Quartet, Eric Byers has appeared in the world's leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, Wigmore Hall in London, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Mozarteum and Esterházy Palace in Austria, and the Sydney Opera House. Eric studied at the USC Thornton School with Ronald Leonard.

This concert was livestreamed.

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

Part II of a Recital in Two Parts

Violinist Kerenza Peacock  Pianist Robert Thies

Violinist                                     Pianist
KERENZA PEACOCK            ROBERT THIES    

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.

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.

This second part of a recital in two parts follows Part I presented
on Classical Crossroads' "First Fridays at First! ~ fff" series.

This concert was livestreamed.

Sunday, November 13, 2022 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.

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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 has been 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 was livestreamed.

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

Part II of a Recital in Two Parts

  Corey Cerovsek, violin

Canadian Violinist
COREY CEROVSEK     

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Corey Cerovsek graduated at age 12 from the University of Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music. That same year, he was accepted as a student by Josef Gingold and enrolled at Indiana University, where he received Bachelor's degrees in mathematics and music at age 15, Master's degrees in both at 16, and completed his doctoral course work in mathematics and music at age 18. Working with Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, among numerous other notable conductors, Corey Cerovsek has performed with leading orchestras worldwide. In recital, he has performed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theatre and the Frick Collection (New York), the Place des Arts (Montréal), the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra "Debut Series," Wigmore Hall (London) and the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Salle Gaveau (Paris).

This second part of a recital in two parts follows Part I presented
on Classical Crossroads' "First Fridays at First! ~ fff" series.

This concert was livestreamed.

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

Stars of Tomorrow
~ from the ~

USCThornton
School of Music

Winner of USC's Ofiesh Quartet Competition

IVORY STRING QUARTET

l to r: Renowned former NY Phil Concertmaster
& Ivory Quartet coach Glenn Dicterow,
Eric Cheng violin, Prosper Luchart viola,
Madelynn Bolin cello, Vikram Iyer violin

Under the coaching of renowned former NY Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, the Ivory Quartet won USC's 2022 Christine Marie Ofiesh Honors Quartet Competition and was selected to perform Classical Crossroads' annual "Stars of Tomorrow from the USC Thornton School of Music" concert on the Second Sundays at Two series.

This concert was livestreamed.

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

TRIO CÉLESTE

Trio CÚleste

                              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. 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.

This concert was livestreamed.

Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
(Moved to the third Sunday of April to avoid Easter)

"suave and gifted pianist"
~ New York Times

Pianist Dmitry Rachmanov

 Pianist
DMITRY RACHMANOV

A Steinway Artist, pianist Dmitry Rachmanov has garnered acclaim for his passionate performances, refined musicianship, and brilliant pianism. He has been heard at leading venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall, Washington DC's Kennedy Center, London's Barbican and South Bank Centres, and Beijing Concert Hall. He has collaborated as a soloist with Manhattan Philharmonia, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Symphony, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Ukraine National Symphony, National Orchestra of Porto, Portugal, among others. A graduate of The Juilliard School with both Bachelor & Master of Music degrees, and he holds the DMA from Manhattan School of Music. Dmitry Rachmanov is Professor of Piano at CSU Northridge, where he serves as Chair of Keyboard Studies.

This concert was livestreamed.

Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

Steven Vanhauwaert & Friends
Play Piano Quartets

       
     Pianist                       Violinist 
STEVEN VANHAUWAERT     JOHN VAIDA       

    
   Violist                            Cellist
         AMY IWAZUMI     THEODORE BUCHHOLZ

Second Sundays at Two Artistic Director Steven Vanhauwaert traveled east in January 2022 to join his friends John, Amy, and Theodore to play piano quartets on their series, Northeastern Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society. Steven's friends will be traveling west in May 2023 to share their passion for chamber music with the Southern California audience. Read about Steven's illustrious friends here.

Watch a Reprise of the Livestream
The concert was simultaneously live-streamed for those who could not attend in person. The artists have given their permission for Classical Crossroads to make a lightly edited version of the livestream available for the public to stream on-demand for one month. Watch by clicking here.

This concert was livestreamed.

Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

NEW HOLLYWOOD STRING QUARTET

New Hollywood String Quartet

                                                              ROBERT BROPHY viola
                                         T
EREZA STANISLAV violin
A
NDREW SHULMAN cello
R
AFAEL RISHIK violin                                                

The New Hollywood String Quartet comprises three of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's top string players: Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, violist Robert Brophy, and Principal Cellist Andrew Shulman; alongside NHSQ founding violinist Rafael Rishik. Inspired by the great Hollywood String Quartet from over half a century ago, the current NHSQ members are likewise premier performers of their generation.

This concert was livestreamed.

Sunday, July 23, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
special added summer concert

TRIO ZADIG
from Paris

Trio Zadig

                                                                           BORIS BORGOLOTTO violin
                                                         MARC GIRARD GARCIA cello
                        
IAN BARBER piano

Founded in 2014 and based in Paris, Trio Zadig gained critical acclaim for their impressive 11 international competition prizes. Violinist Boris Borgolotto and cellist Marc Girard Garcia are childhood friends who studied together at the Paris Conservatoire National de Musique and at the University of Music in Vienna. Upon their return to France, they crossed paths with Ian Barber, an American pianist from the renowned studio of André Watts at the University of Indiana.

This concert was livestreamed.

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