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FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL – TORRANCE
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Beverly Hills Audition Winners
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The Interludes
(formerly, The Previews in Manhattan Beach)

2014-2015 Concert Series

Torrance Beach

Talented rising artists from around the world are selected at the Beverly Hills Auditions and presented monthly in the South Bay on The Interludes concert series, graciously hosted by First Lutheran Church & School – Torrance as a gift to the community. 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 mostly at 3:30 p.m.
First Lutheran Church & School – Torrance
2900 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503
(on the south side Carson Street just east of Maple)
For a Google map, click here.

Free admission - Donations Appreciated

For information and to request e-mail concert reminders, call (310) 316-5574 or click here.

See The Interludes 2013-2014 season

See The Previews Archive (2001-2013)

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.

Violinist
ETIENNE GARA

Etienne Gara, violinA 2010 laureate of the prestigious Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet in France, violinist Etienne Gara was invited to participate in the Perlman Music Program in New York in 2009 and 2010. Later he joined violinist Itzhak Perlman for the winter residency of the festival in Sarasota, Florida and for a tour in Israel. Mr. Gara has performed throughout Europe and North America in prominent halls such as Jordan Hall in Boston, the Marigny Theatre in Paris, the Wiener Saal and the Marmor Saal of the Mirabell Palace in Salzburg. Among several prizes, Mr. Gara won the Music Live Now competition, created by Sir Yehudi Menuhin. Born in Paris to a French mother and Hungarian father, Étienne Gara studied at the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne-Billancourt, continued his studies at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, and completed his Performer Diploma at Indiana University. He earned his Master of Music at New England Conservatory, under renowned pedagogue and violinist Donald Weilerstein. Mr. Gara is currently under the tutelage of celebrated violinist Midori, at the University of Southern California.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Two Beverly Hills Auditions Winners in One Concert

THE UPSIDE

The Upside
Diana Morgan flute                                    
                      Lauren Kosty vibraphone & percussion
                                            Stephen Pfeifer double bass

"In all of my years of performing and observing concerts, I have rarly seen such a brilliant and innovative chamber group as The Upside. They are the real deal, blending music of all genres with taste and virtuosity." ~ Jim Walker, former principal flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and founder of the jazz quartet Free Flight

The UpsideThe Upside is one of L.A.'s premier classical/jazz crossover ensembles. Three graduates of the country's top conservatories collaborate on music from Bach to Brubeck. The Upside combines a classical sensitivity with contemporary harmonies and improvisation. Their unique timbres set them apart from a standard jazz trio. Recent appearances include the Zipper Concert Hall with guest soloist Jim Walker, the CBS sound stage, the JAM! 2013 Festival, and the Andrew Weiss Gallery in Beverly Hills.

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Saxophonist
RUSSELL VEIRS

Russell Veirs, saxophoneBeverly Hills Auditions winner Russell Veirs, a California Bay-Area native, began private saxophone studies at the University of California, Davis and continued at California State University, Sacramento, where he completed his Master of Music degree. In 2007, he was runner-up in the CSUS Festival of New American Music Performers Competition, where he was a finalist the previous year. Russell recently earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at UCLA, studying with renowned saxophonist Douglas Masek. At UCLA, he performed in numerous woodwind chamber ensembles, the Camarades string chamber ensemble, and UCLA's contemporary music ensemble, Contempo Flux. A winner of UCLA's "All-Star Concerto Competition," he appeared as a soloist with the UCLA Philharmonia in 2012.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Graduate Students at the Colburn Conservatory and the USC Thornton School

ARGUS QUARTET

Argus Quartet
                                                        Joann Whang cello
Clara Kim
violin         Diana Wade viola               
Jason Issokson violin        

The newly formed Argus Quartet is dedicated to challenging the musical status quo through innovative concert presentations and adventurous repertoire. The Argus Quartet's interests extend beyond the highest level of music making - education, engagement, and bridging barriers between audience and artists are at the core of the quartet's mission.

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Haydn String Quartet Op.74, No1
I. Allegro Moderato

Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

Two Stellar Singers Share a Recital

Italian Soprano
ELISABETTA RUSSO
with Pianist
VLADIMIR KHOMYAKOV

Elisabetta Russo, sopranoBorn in Bari, Italy, Elisabetta Russo received a Bachelor's degree in singing and Master's degree with highest honors in singing specializating in chamber music from the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome. Winner of numerous competitions, Elisabetta has performed widely in sacred music, chamber music, and operas in Italy and abroad. Her most important operatic roles include Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Tonina in Salieri's Prima la musica poi le parole in Rome, Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto in Milan and at the RAI Auditorium in Naples, Nannetta in Verdi's Falstaff (starring Renato Bruson) at Teatro Cilea, Reggio Calabria. In November 2011, she won the prize as "Best Female Vocal" at the Hollywood Music-in-Media Awards. Recently she has recorded the CD Brise de Mér, with Leoncavallo's arias for voice and orchestra on the Suoneria Mediterranea label. In June 2013, she sang at the Paramount Studios for the Simin Foundation with famed tenor Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, and conductor Eugene Kohn.

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Paolo Tosti's a Vucchella

Vladimir Khomyakov, pianoElisabetta's collaborative pianist for the afternoon is noted Russian-born international competition winner Vladimir Khomyakov. Vladimir began his studies at Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg and earned a post-graduate degree from the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow. He completed his studies with the coveted Artist Diploma from the USC Thornton School of Music, where he now serves as assistant to to his teacher Daniel Pollack.

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Mezzo Soprano
KARIN MUSHEGIAN
with Pianist
PAUL ROMERO

Karin Mushegain,  mezzo-sopranoFast-rising young American mezzo-soprano Karin Mushegain, called "superb" (The New York Times) and possessing an "ideal, dusky mezzo" (Opera Today) is captivating audiences with her exciting, energetic portrayals, dramatic poise, and a dynamic vocal sound. During the past season, Ms. Mushegain made her debut as Carmen with Opera San Luis Obispo. She also made her debut with the Virginia Symphony in Rossini's Stabat Mater, and sung the title role in La Cenerentola with Pensacola Opera.

Much in demand, Ms. Mushegain's engagements in the previous seasons included roles with Pittsburgh Opera, Lyrique-En-Mer in Belle-Ile, France, Seattle Opera, Virginia Opera, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Annapolis Opera, New York City Opera, Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, Austin Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville, Virginia, Opera Memphis, Glimmerglass Opera in New York, Florida Grand Opera, and Los Angeles Opera, making her debut as the Novice in Puccini's Suor Angelica, under the baton of Maestro James Conlon.

Ms. Mushegain received her Bachelor's Degree from Northwestern University, and pursued her Masters at University of California, Los Angeles.

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No.5 Aria from "Bachianas Brasilerias" by Villa-Lobos

Paul Romero, pianoKarin's collaborator for the afternoon is noted award-winning composer and pianist Paul Pomero, who trained at three of the world's leading music conservatories - The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, The Paris Conservatoire, and London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Paul is a frequent Upbeat Live speaker for Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

Pianist
HAYK ARSENYAN

Hayk Arsenyan, pianoA native of Armenia, New York-based pianist-composer Hayk Arsenyan made his orchestral debut with the Armenian Philharmonic at the age of 11 performing his own Requiem for piano and orchestra. At the age of 17, Mr. Arsenyan made his European orchestral debut as a soloist with the Radio France National Philharmonic Orchestra, and was awarded a platinum medal by the City of Paris. He has since appeared in numerous recitals in USA, Armenia, Russia, France, Italy, Spain, Canary Islands, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Argentina, Uruguay, Syria, and Lebanon. His performance venues have included Carnegie Hall (New York), Palais d'UNESCO and Salle Cortot (Paris), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), "Petranka" House-Museum of Mozart (Prague), Auditorio de Miguel Delibes (Valladolid), Dar-Al-Assad Opera House (Damascus), and appearances at the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, and the Phillips Collection Concert Series in Washington DC. His live recording from Chicago's Hess Series was released under the Naxos Music Library Label.

Currently, Dr. Arsenyan teaches at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa and a Master's degree from the Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow. In 2007 he received the full-tuition Yevgeny Kissin Award for the Professional-Studies Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music in New York. Mr. Arsenyan also studied piano in Paris at École Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot and the Conservatoire National de Region D'Aubervillier La-Courneuve.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

MÜHLFELD TRIO

Benjamin Mitchell, clarinet€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€  Michael Kaufman, cello  Brendan White, piano
Benjamin Mitchell clarinet                                                           
Michael Kaufman cello
                                                                    Brendan White piano

The Los Angeles-based Mühlfeld Trio is quickly establishing itself on the forefront of new chamber music ensembles. The Trio takes its name in honor of clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld (1856-1907), whose playing so inspired Johannes Brahms near the end of his life that he came out of retirement and composed several works for him, including the famous trio for clarinet, cello, and piano. Equally dedicated to commissioning new works as performing the masterworks from the past, Mühlfeld Trio's 2014-2015 season will include premieres by noted composers Magnus Lindberg, Matthias Müller, Chris Rogerson, and Daniel Silliman, among others.
 

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

Quartet at the Colburn School

AMBER QUARTET

Amber Quartet
Eduardo Rios violin                                                       
Madeleine Vaillancourt violin
                                Benjamin Manis cello
                                                                     Tanner Menees viola

The Amber Quartet was formed at the Colburn School in the spring of 2013, where it has given numerous performances including the Brahms G Major Sextet with noted past Tokyo Quartet members and current Colburn Conservatory faculty Martin Beaver, viola and Clive Greensmith, cello as part of the Colburn Chamber Music Series. The Amber Quartet has worked intensively at the Colburn School with the famed Quatuor Ebène and in summer 2014 at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival with members of the Tokyo, Emerson, Brentano, and Artis Quartets. The Amber's principal teacher at the Colburn Conservatory, in addition to Clive Greensmith and Martin Beaver, is renowned first violin Arnold Steinhardt of the now legendary Guarneri Quartet.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

"…Virtuoso experience"
~ Norwegian Østlands Post

Cellist
HANS KRISTIAN GOLDSTEIN

Hans Kristian Goldstein, celloCellist Hans Kristian Goldstein was born in Drammen, Norway in 1988 and made his orchestral solo debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra after winning their concerto competition at age sixteen. He was featured in the STRAD Magazine's "Fresh Faces," named "New Artist of the Month" by Musical America (April 2010), and his solo recital was cited as one of Baltimore's ten top musical events by the Baltimore Sun.

Hans has performed worldwide in leading concert halls including Weill at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Steinway Hall in Manhattan NY, the Chicago Cultural Center, Shriver Concert Hall in Baltimore, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Grieg Hall in Bergen, Norway. Winner of numerous international competitions, he received First Prizes at the Schmidbauer International String Competition (2013), Alexander and Buono International String Competition (NY 2009), National Young Artist Competition in Midland-Odessa (2009), and the Lennox Young Artist International Competition (2008). In 2014, he was among ten winners in the Beverly Hills Auditions receiving a series of recital engagements in California and was named an iPalpiti Artist.

As a soloist with orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, he has appeared with the Trondheim Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Aspen Philharmonic, Peabody Symphony, and Richardson Symphony, among others. As orchestral musician, Hans has completed his internship at the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been principal cellist of the festival orchestras such as Aspen and Sarasota, and of the orchestras at Peabody and USC. Mr. Goldstein's teachers include Hans Jensen (Chicago), Amit Peled (Baltimore), Torleif Thedeén (Stockholm) and Ralph Kirshbaum (Los Angeles).

Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

THE WYMAN PROJECT
Genre-Bending Chamber Music

The Whyman Project

Ryan Whyman piano/accordion/composer,
Mary Keating and Jordan Slocum violins,
Brandon Encinas viola, Billy Tobenkin cello,
Rodrigo Moreno bass, Michael Enriquez percussion

The Whyman Project is a unique collaboration of four string players and a rhythm section. Each accomplished in their own right, these musicians are based in Los Angeles and came together to play original music and arrangements by Ryan Whyman. Crossing genres between classical, jazz, pop, rock, and film music, Ryan brings his own unique twist to everything, redefining and expanding the piano quintet and jazz genres. In May of 2014, The Whyman Project was chosen as one of the winners of the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions.

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