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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 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) and having a "firm, warm vocalism that made every phrase speak" (Baltimore Sun).

Camila Lima is the winner of alternate First Prize of the 2018 international New York Lyric Opera Competition. She has performed in Spain, Argentina, and Italy, as well as at Carnegie Hall and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the United States.

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

Quinta Essentia Brazilian Recorder Quartet

Quinta Essentia Brazilian Recorder Quartet

Gustavo de Francisco        Francielle Paixao,
                   Pedro Ribeirao        Renata Pereira

The Quinta Essentia Brazilian Recorder Quartet is among the world's leading chamber music ensembles today. Its unusual formation of four musicians and one instrument inspires new works, encourages new audiences, and promotes Brazilian culture and chamber music worldwide.

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 & Friends

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 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 Fourth Prize at the Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, China. LAE is active in the greater Los Angeles area, performing regularly in concert series such as L'Ermitage and Classics Alive Presents as well as in intimate house concert settings.

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, "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.

Latsos Piano Duo

Latsos Piano Duo

ANNA FEDOROVA-LATSO and GIORGI LATSO

Individually, Anna Fedorova from Russia and Giorgi Latso from Tbilisi, Georgia are highly regarded piano virtuosos on the international classical music scene, who have performed in recitals, chamber ensembles, and with leading orchestras worldwide.

Born in Russia 1982, Anna Fedorova graduated with distinction from the State Glinka Conservatory in Nizhny Novgorod. Anna 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.

Prize-Winning iPalpiti Artists

Violist Adelya Shagidullina  Violinist Azer Damirov

      Violist                                  Violinist
ADELYA SHAGIDULLINA     AZER DAMIROV     
    fromTatarstan                   from Azerbaijan

Violinist Azer Damirov was accepted at the age of 14 by the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, where he graduated in 2007. He continued his studies in the class of Professor Schmieder at Temple University's Boyer College of Music, where he completed his Master's degree and currently pursues a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. In 2012, he performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall at as a winner the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music.

Violist Adelya Shagidullina won First Prizes at the Andrey Korsakov International Music Competition, Eugen Coca International Music Competition, All-Russian International Competition, and the International J.S. Bach Competition. A graduate of the Kazan State Conservatoire, she has been studying at Temple University's Boyer College of Music, where she received an Artist Diploma, and Bachelor's, and Master's degrees, and DMA. Adelya is a member of the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra and Philadelphia Virtuosi.

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

Delirium Musicum
CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Etienne Gara -- Founder & Artistic Director

Delirium Musicum Chamber Orchestra

The chamber ensemble Delirium Musicum is dedicated to providing impassioned and engaging musical performances by a young generation of top musicians in Los Angeles. The small size allows the musicians to fully engage the audience in intimate settings. Wide-ranging musical repertoire allows creative interpretation of the old masters as well as collaboration with contemporary composers in programs that speak to modern audiences.

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

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