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The Interludes
(formerly, The Previews in Manhattan Beach)

2018-2019 Concert Series

Torrance Beach

Talented artists and ensembles are selected at the Beverly Hills National Auditions and presented monthly in the South Bay on The Interludes concert series. The concerts also are presented on the preceding Friday evenings on the Music By The Sea recital series in the Encinitas Public Library. From January through June, the concerts are presented the following Sundays on Beverly Hills' Music In The Mansion recital series in Beverly Hills' historic Greystone Mansion. The next Beverly Hills National Auditions for the 2019-2020 concert season will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Saturday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.
First Lutheran Church & School

2900 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503
(on the south side of Carson Street just east of Maple)
For a Google map, click here.

For information, call Classical Crossroads at (310) 316-5574 or click here.

Free admission - Donations Appreciated

Past Seasons: [2001-2013] [2013-2014] [2014-2015] [2015-2016]
[2016-2017] [2017-2018]

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

ACE TRIO

ACE Trio

   Clarinetist                     Flutist                          Pianist          
RYAN GLASS      SHANNON CANCHOLA      JASON STOLL

"An engaging, virtuosic ensemble,
with clever selections of repertoire
from Romantic to tango to modern."

~ Beverly Hills National Auditions Selection Committee

ACE Trio derives its name from the common triad in Western music and is considered consonant, stable, never requiring resolution. Originally formed at Cal State Northridge, the members came from various educational backgrounds holding degrees from California State University, Northridge, the Juilliard School, the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Cal Arts, and University of Redlands. Since forming in the fall of 2017, ACE Trio has performed across Southern California in recital series including the Daniel Pearl World Music Days in Valencia, Freelancer Series in Glendale, the St. Matthew's United Methodist Church Concert Series, Pasadena City College Concerts at Noon Guest Artist Series, and the Wrightwood Classical Concert Series.

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

"And the Winners Are . . ."

Mezzo-Soprano Michelle Rice  Soprano Camila Lima
  Mezzo-Soprano                   Soprano        
      MICHELLE RICE              CAMILA LIMA        

The Beverly Hills National Auditions committee selected mezzo-soprano Michelle Rice and soprano Camila Lima as standouts among the numerous talented singers at the Auditions. The committee commented about Michelle, "She stood out among all vocal applicants with presence/voice in all selections performed," and about Camila, "Beautiful, very artistic, clear operatic soprano, extensive repertoire."

With "tones of pure gold" (Washington Post), Michelle Rice brings to her work a rich mezzo voice and notable performance intensity. Her portrayal of Mrs. Grose in Britten's The Turn of the Screw at the Kennedy Center, conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel, was described as "nuanced and sensitive" (Washington Post), "dramatically charged and vocally superlative" (DCist.com), and having a "firm, warm vocalism [that] made every phrase speak" (Baltimore Sun). Ms. Rice has appeared as Herodias (Salome), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Flora Bervoix (La Traviata), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), and covered the role of Amneris (Aïda). As Emilia in Festival Opera's production of Verdi's Otello, the San Francisco Chronicle extolled she "brought vocal and theatrical impact to the role."

American/Argentinian soprano Camila Lima made her debut in the role of Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata in Barcelona, Spain. She has sung the roles of Gilda in Rigoletto, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Elena in the Zarzuela El Barbero de Sevilla, the Sleep Fairy/Sandman in Hansel und Gretel, among others. She has sung at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and at Carnegie Hall in New York. She was the winner of alternate First Prize of the 2018 international New York Lyric Opera Competition and semi-finalist at the Montserrat Caballe Competition in Zaragoza and the Jaume Aragall Competition in Sabadell, both in Spain. She currently lives in Los Angeles and coaches with Douglas Sumi.

Pianist Drew QuiringCanadian-born pianist Drew Quiring is a staff collaborative pianist for California State University, Fresno, working primarily with the voice and string departments, and is concurrently completing his dissertation for his D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano Performance at Arizona State University.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Quinta Essentia Brazilian Recorder Quartet

Quinta Essentia Brazilian Recorder Quartet

Gustavo de Francisco        Francielle Paixão,
                   Pedro Ribeirão        Renata Pereira

". . . a sound unmatched by anything heard before. It was music of the heavens, and the quartet was the angelic ensemble playing at the gates."

Quinta Essentia is among Brazil's leading chamber music ensembles. The recorder consort of four brilliant musicians performs on a collection of ancient and modern instruments, inspiring audiences worldwide. Their concerts are a celebration of musical virtuosity, in programs from the great classics to the music of today.

Watch
Quinta Essentia performs
Heitor Villa-Lobos' Aria (Cantilena) from Bachianas Brasileiras nš 5

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Los Angeles Ensemble

Los Angeles Ensemble

BINGXIA LU cello                JOANNA LEE violin                 
                                     SUNG CHANG piano            TANNER MENEES viola
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Duo Pianists
ESTHER LEE & SUNG CHANG
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Solo Pianist
SUNG CHANG

The Los Angeles Ensemble, along with its pianist Sung Chang and his duo-piano partner Esther Lee, swept multiple categories of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, and all will be on full display in this concert extravaganza.

Formed in the fall of 2015, the Los Angeles Ensemble was awarded First Prize at the International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso in London, and since, has become a familiar musical "face" on the Los Angeles scene. Individually, members are winners of international competitions and trained in leading music schools worldwide.

Watch
Los Angeles Ensemble performs
William Walton's Piano Quartet in D Minor 2. Allegro scherzando

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Romantic Pairings
The Guitarist and The Soprano

Guitarist Aaron Hass Soprano Anastasia Malliaras
   Guitarist AARON HAAS  &  Soprano ANASTASIA MALLIARAS

Soprano Laurel Irene  Guitarist Jaxon Williams
            Soprano LAUREL IRENE  &  Guitarist JAXON WILLIAMS           

The Beverly Hills National Auditions committee wrote about Aaron and Anastasia, "A unique presentation of original voice/guitar cycles of Spanish composers sung in Ladino, Spanish, and English - their repertoire also includes Native American songs." And about Laurel and Jaxon, they wrote, "The contrast of this soprano/guitar duo prompted committee to offer a shared recital to both duos. Laurel & Jaxon offer fun repertoire of American music of 20th and 21st centuries." All of these fast-rising artists are currently or recently in USC's renowned Thornton School of Music graduate programs.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

The Latsos Piano Duo

Latsos Piano Duo

ANNA FEDOROVA-LATSO and GIORGI LATSO

Georgian-American pianist/composer Giorgi Latso and Russia pianist Anna Fedorova are winners of international competitions and highly regarded piano virtuosos on the international classical music scene. As The Latsos Piano Duo since 2013, they have performed four-hand piano recitals and concertos for two pianos with orchestras in Europe, Russia, America and Asia.

Born in Russia 1982, Anna Fedorova graduated from the State Glinka Conservatory in Nizhny Novgorod, and is First Prize winner of international piano competitions in Russia, Italy, and Greece.

Giorgi's 2010 appearance in London's Wigmore Hall included the world premier of his composition Cyber Moment for violin and piano, which can be seen on YouTube.

Togther Anna and Giorgi are brilliant and have issued their first recording – Mozart's Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in C Major, K521.

Watch
Anna Fedorova-Latso and Giorgi Latso perform
Mozart's Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in C Major, K521

Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Micah Wright & Friends

MICAH WRIGHT clarinet & piano
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ESPEN NYSTOG AAS clarinet
ALEN HON cello
HUI WU piano

The Beverly Hills National Auditions committee wrote, "This diverse ensemble of talented multi-instrumentalist Micah Wright showcases both the classic piano/clarinet/cello trio and Jazzy/virtuosic selections with clarinet/sax/piano."

The artists trained at some of the nation's finest schools, including the USC's Thornton School of Music, The Juilliard School, Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Drake University, and the Yale School of Music. Micah's main clarinet teachers during his graduate studies were Michele Zukovsky (USC), Yehuda Gilad (USC), and Richie Hawley (Rice University),

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

iPalpiti Laureate Soloists

Violist Adelya Shagidullina  Violinist Azer Damirov

      Violist                                  Violinist
ADELYA SHAGIDULLINA     AZER DAMIROV     
    fromTatarstan                   from Azerbaijan

These iPalpiti soloists, known for exceptional beautiful tone, come to LA to present a remarkable romantic program of solos and duos.

Winner of the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music, Azer Damirov is a graduate of the famed Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory and received his Master's and Doctorate at Temple University.

Violist Adelya Shagidullina won First Prize at four international music competitions. A graduate of the Kazan State Conservatoire in her native Tatarstan, and with a Master's and DMA from Temple University, she is a member of the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra and Philadelphia Virtuosi.

Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Delirium Musicum
CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

Delirium Musicum Chamber Orchestra

Under the leadership of the French violinist Etienne Gara, the new chamber ensemble Delirium Musicum gives impassioned and engaging performances by a young generation of top musicians from Los Angeles. Programs present creative interpretation of the old masters as well as collaboration with contemporary composers in repertoire that speak to modern audiences.

Watch
Delirium Musicum plays Les Bouffons Acrobatiques
by its composer-in-residence Gianluca Bersanetti

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