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The Interludes
(formerly, The Previews in Manhattan Beach)

2017-2018 Concert Series

Torrance Beach

Talented rising artists from around the world are selected at the Beverly Hills National Auditions and presented monthly in the South Bay on The Interludes concert series, graciously hosted as a gift to the community by FirstServe Community Services, the nonprofit community service partner organization of First Lutheran Church & School – Torrance. The concerts also are presented on the preceding Friday evenings on the Music By The Sea recital series in the beautiful Encinitas Library with its expansive view of the Pacific Ocean. From January through June, the concerts are presented the following Sundays on Beverly Hills' Music In The Mansion recital series in the Beverly Hills' historic Greystone Mansion.

"The series is a much-sought opportunity for young performers...the talent level is extremely high." ~ Los Angeles Times 

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]

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Flutist Jonathan Sussman

Flutist, Violist, Pianist, and Composer
JONATHAN SUSSMAN
with Pianist
ALAN SUSSMAN

Multi-talented Jonathan Sussman has won numerous competitions in Southern California as flutist and violist. Jonathan is a double major at USC studying flute at the Thornton School of Music and biomedical engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering. In this recital, all of Jonathan's musical talents will be on display as a flutist, violist, pianist, and composer.

Alan Sussman studied with Gerard Betsche, a former student of legendary Swiss pianist Edwin Fischer, with Professor János Négyesy at the University of California San Diego, and with Rinna Livshin, an alumnus Odessa Conservatory. He has been collaborating with his son Jonathan for over ten years and performing concerts with him locally and statewide.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Pianist
JEEYOON KIM

A native of South Korea, Jeeyoon Kim has performed recitals, chamber music, and concertos in leading venues across the United States. On October 29, 2017, Jeeyoon will be the featured soloist playing George Gershwin's iconic Rhapsody in Blue with the New World Youth Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras at Indianapolis's Hilbert Circle Theatre.

Jeeyoon's recent album 10 More Minutes is a collection of encore pieces that Jeeyoon has performed over the years when both the audience and the performer long for "10 more minutes" of connection before the concert concludes. Jeeyoon will make her Carnegie Hall debut in Weil Recital Hall with selections from 10 More Minutes on Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Her love of music and the piano propelled her through her undergraduate studies in piano performance in Korea onto Indiana University's renowned Jacob School of Music, where she earned a Master's Degree in Music Education and a Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Beverly Hills National Auditions Winners
Three Rising Stars from the USC Thornton School

Annelle Gregory, violin  Benjamin Lash, cello  So-Mang Jeagal. piano
 
Violinist                         Cellist                            Pianist    
ANNELLE GREGORY    BENJAMIN LASH     SO-MANG JEAGAL     

Violinist Annelle Gregory is First Prize & Audience Choice Award winner of the 2017 National Sphinx Competition and a Laureate of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. Annelle graduated first in her class, summa cum laude from USC's Thornton School of Music, where she studied under former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow.

Watch
Annelle Gregory perform
Sibelius's Violin Concerto in D Minor, mvt 1

Cellist Benjamin Lash has performed recitals on the Music in the Loft Series and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, and he has appeared twice on NPR's From the Top. Benjamin graduated from the Colburn Conservatory, where he studied with Ronald Leonard. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Music program at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studies with Ralph Kirshbaum.

Watch
Benjamin Lash and So-Mang Jeagal perform
Martinu's Variations on a Slovak Theme, H.378

Three-time Beverly Hills National Auditions winner, pianist So-Mang Jeagal is Grand Prize winner in the 61st Washington International Competition for Piano. He also won the 2014 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. So-Mang Jeagal earned an Artist Diploma program at the USC Thornton School of Music as a full scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Professor Kevin Fitz-Gerald.

Watch
So-Mang Jeagal perform
Chopin's Scherzo No,1 in B-Minor, Op.20 F

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

"Cristina Montes Mateo is one among those very few individuals
who have reached the very top of her field"

Maestro Zubin Mehta

Harpist Cristina Montes Mateo

Harpist
CRISTINA MONTES MATEO

First-prize winner of the Torneo Internazionale di Musica (Rome, 2006) and the International Harp Competition "V. Bucchi" (2009), Cristina Montes Mateo is recognized throughout the world as one of the leading harpists of her generation. Cristina performs with leading orchestras under such noted Maestros as Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Georges Prêtre, Pierre Boulez, and Daniel Barenboim. She has performed at the Berlin's Philharmonie, London's Royal Albert Hall, Zurich's Tonhalle, Paris's Théatre du Châtelet, and New York's Carnegie Hall.

Currently based in Los Angeles, Cristina Montes Mateo is Principal Harpist at the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, created by Lorin Maazel – and also conducted by famed maestros Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, and Riccardo Chailly – for the opera house and cultural centre Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, Spain.

Besides unanimously winning the Beverly Hills National Auditions, Cristina also won LACMA's 2017 Sundays Live! Auditions and performed on the series on Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Watch
Cristina Montes Mateo perform
Prokofiev's Prelude Op.12 No.7
in the Walt Disney Concert Hall garden

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

Pianist So-Mang Jeagal & Friends




Pianist SO-MANG JEAGAL    Cellist KYOUMG-EUN CHOI
Pianist BETH  NAM    Soprano JUNGWON  CHOI

A favorite of Classical Crossroads audiences, three-time Beverly Hills National Auditions winner, pianist So-Mang Jeagal returns with supremely talented friends. As Grand Prize winner in the 61st Washington International Competition for Piano, So-Mang Jeagal was awarded $10,000, a concerto appearance at the Kennedy Center, and a solo recital on the prestigious Phillips Collection Recital Series. So-Mang also won the 2014 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, receiving an all-expense-paid trip to present a solo recital at the Liszt Museum in Budapest, Hungary.

So-Mang, cellist Kyoumg-Eun Choi, and soprano Jungwon Choi trained in the graduate program at the USC Thornton School of Music. So-Mang's four-hand piano partner Beth Nam, also a previous Beverly Hills National Auditions winner, received her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees as a scholarship student at The Juilliard School.

Saturday, March 17, 2018 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 14, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Triumphant Return after First Winning
the Beverly Hills National Auditions in 2001!

Pianist Kariné Poghosyan

Pianist
KARINÉ POGHOSYAN

New York City-based pianist Kariné Poghosyan made her orchestral debut at fourteen in Armenia and her solo Carnegie Hall debut at 23 in New York City. Kariné has won numerous awards and has performed on some of the world's most prestigious concert series and stages including recitals on Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, Second Sundays at Two in Rolling Hills Estates CA, and in Ehrbar Saal in Vienna. Her numerous concerto performances include Khachaturian's Piano Concerto with the Greater Newburgh (NY) Symphony, the Schumann Piano Concerto with Sinfonia Toronto, and the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Wallingford (CT) Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Poghosyan has toured U.S. cities, as well as Austria and Armenia, where she performed to rave reviews the music of Aram Khachaturian featured on her CD, Khachaturian Original Piano Works and Ballet Transcriptions, released on the Naxos label and available on Amazon.

Ms. Poghosyan's musical studies began in her native Yerevan in Armenia. After moving to the United States in 1998, she received her Bachlor of Music summa cum laude under Françoise Regnat at California State University in Northridge, and her MM and D.M.A. degrees under Arkady Aronov at the Manhattan School of Music, where she is currently on the faculty.

Watch
Karine Poghosyan perform
Aram Khachaturian's Adagio from the ballet Spartacus 

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Chamber Ensemble from L.A.'s Conductorless
Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra
with Pianist Irene Kim

Clarinetist Benjamin Mitchell Violinist Madalyn Parnas
Cellist Juliette Herlin Pianist Irene Kim

Clarinetist BENJAMIN MITCHELL    Violinist MADALYN PARNAS
Cellist JULIETTE HERLIN    Pianist IRENE KIM

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra founder and clarinetist Benjamin Mitchell is joined by his fellow instrumentalists of the orchestra, violinist Madalyn Parnas and French French-born cellist Juliette Herlin, Pianist Irene Kim completes the quartet. These supremely talented artists trained at some of the world's leading music schools, UCLA, Rice University, and Indiana University, and Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Benjamin); London's Royal Academy of Music and Indiana University (Madalyn); Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and the Juilliard School (Juliette); and the Peabody Conservatory (Irene).

Watch
Violinist Madalyn Parnas lead a Kaleidoscope chamber ensemble
performing Mendelssohn's String Octet

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Helix Collective

Helix Collective

SARAH ROBINSON flute                                              
             PHIL POPHAM oboe                               
                            KATIE NORRING piano
                                                        LORRY BLACK percussion

Los Angeles-based Helix Collective performs a high-energy, out-of-the-box mix of world, classical, and rock n' roll. The ensemble is at home in nightclubs and on the concert stage, from a residency at Los Angeles's Silverlake Lounge to performances for the West Michigan and Pacific Symphonies. They hve performed at the Tahoe Chamber Music Festival, the Unexpected Film & Arts Festival, the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and on the Laguna Beach Live! series. Audiophile Audition Magazine writes, Helix "has a little something for everyone: those who like their classics straight up, with a contemporary edge to it, or with populist appeal." The group has released two critically acclaimed albums: All In was released in 2009 followed by World Dance Club in 2013.

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