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The Interludes
(formerly, The Previews in Manhattan Beach)

2015-2016 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. Find information about the next Beverly Hills National Auditions by clicking here.

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.

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Click to see Beverly Hills National Auditions Winners from past seasons:
[2001-2013] [2013-2014] [2014-2015] [2015-2016]
[2016-2017] [2017-2018] [2018-2019] [2019-2020]

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.


featuring Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Principal Flute

Flute Sonic Orchestra

One of the newest ensembles on the Southern California classical music scene, the FluteSonic Orchestra was founded in 2014 by Gordon Halligan and David Shostac.

David Shostac, fluteDean of Southland flutist, David Shostac was appointed Principal Flute of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1975. "Extraordinary, dazzling, world class" and "a musician of the highest order" are words critics have used to describe his artistry. An alumnus of The Juilliard School and Tanglewood and recipient of two Rockefeller performance grants, he has also served as Principal Flute of the St. Louis, Milwaukee and New Orleans symphony orchestras.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.


Photo Credit: Tony Eisenhower

with Pianist JAMES LENT

Violinist Annelle Kazumi Gregory is a Laureate of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition and the 2015 National Sphinx Competition as well as Gold Medalist of the 2012 National NAACP ACT-SO competition among numerous other competition wins. In 2010, as part of a national tour, she performed at Carnegie Hall as a 1st violinist of the Sphinx Virtuosi and recorded with the ensemble on their debut album, Sphinx Virtuosi: Live in Concert. In 2014, Annelle released a CD with pianist Alexander Sinchuk, Annelle K. Gregory & Alexander Sinchuk: Grieg, Mozart, Szymanowski and in 2015 recorded with organist Carol Williams on her CD, Just Carol - Compositions.

Annelle Gregory studies under Glenn Dicterow at the USC Thornton School, where she was awarded the 2014 Glenn Dicterow Music Scholarship. Her previous teachers include Michael & Irina Tseitlin.

  Annelle Gregory perform Sibelius's Violin Concerto in D Minor, Mvt 1
with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Detroit

Annelle's collaborative pianist for the afternoon, James Lent, earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Concert Piano Performance from Yale University. James currently serves as Lecturer and Coordinator of Instrumental Collaborative Piano at UCLA in addition to serving as a coach and accompanist for vocal studies.

Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Among the Top Winners of the
Los Angeles International Liszt Competition


Italian pianist Jacopo Giacopuzzi has studied in leading schools worldwide including the Conservatorio "E.F. Dall'Abaco" of Verona (undergraduate diploma cum laude in 2006, Master's degree cum laude, 2011), Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Salzburg Mozarteum, and Liszt Hochschule in Weimar (2008-2010), Music Academy of the West under the guidance of Jerome Lowenthal (2013), and Pianofest in the Hamptons (2014). He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Piano Performance at the USC Thornton School of Music with Prof. Kevin Fitz Gerald. Jacopo Giacopuzzi has been the outright winner of many competitions, and most recently was among the top winners of the 2014 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition.


Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.


€Coleman Itzkoff€, cello   Alin Melik-Adamyan, piano

Coleman Itzkoff cello & Alin Melik-Adamyan piano

The Amicus Duo - cellist Coleman Itzkoff and pianist Alin Melik-Adamyan - are winners of the 2015 Beverly Hills National Auditions.

Currently the principal cellist of the American Youth Symphony Orchestra and a co-principal cellist of the L.A.-based conductorless Kaleidoscope chamber orchestra, Coleman has been a prizewinner at the Fischoff, Johansen, Blount Slawson,, and Young Texas Artist Competitions. He has been principal cellist of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen, the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the USC Thornton School Symphony Orchestra, among others. Coleman is pursuing his Master's degree with Ralph Kirschbaum at the USC Thornton School.

In June 2008, Alin was the Grand Prize Winner of the YMF/ASCAP Leiber & Stoller $10,000 Scholarship and immediately continued her success with her First Prize at the 2008 Los Angeles Liszt International Competition. In the following year, she won the William Grant Still Young Artists Competition. Alin also made her debut at the Redlands Bowl in 2012 as the Grand Prize winner of their Young Artist competition. Most recently, she won the 2014 MTNA State Piano Competition. Alin holds both Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance from the USC Thornton School of Music, where she is currently an Assistant Lecturer of Keyboard Studies and is pursuing a Doctorate in Keyboard Collaborative Arts, studying with Professor Kevin Fitz Gerald.

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Sakura Cello Ensemble

Sarah Rommel       Michael Kaufman       Peter Myers
               Yoshika Masuda            Jonathan Dormand

"Brilliant...Superb" ~ Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

Sakura (Japanese for "cherry tree") is a quintet of cellists who are currently in, or recently graduated from, the USC Thornton Cello Studio of renowned American cellist Ralph Kirshbaum (German for "cherry tree"). A unique and versatile cello quintet, Sakura is built on the artistry and virtuosity of its members: Jonathan Dormand (UK), Michael Kaufman (USA), Yoshika Masuda (Japan/Australia), Peter Myers (USA), and Sarah Rommel (USA). Drawing from the rich heritage of a repertoire that spans eight centuries, eclectic and unexpected programs are constructed around conceptual threads, with an overarching commitment to opening new vistas of beauty and expression by showcasing the great warmth and scope offered by the sound of many cellos.

Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.


European Concert Trio
    Amanda Walker clarinet                   Irina Bazik piano
           Harriet Fraser soprano

The European Concert Trio was formed in 2015 by three European-born, Los Angeles-based professional artists - Serbian-born pianist Irina Bazik, English-born soprano Harriet Fraser, and English-born clarinetist Amanda Walker - each with highly successful solo careers, to fulfill their passion for chamber music and share it with Southern California audiences. Their program is sure to include Schubert's sublime song Shepherd on the Rock in addition to selections for solo piano and clarinet & piano.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Cinematic Scenes

Ines Thomé, guitar  YuEun Kim, violin

Guitarist Ines Thomé & Violinist YuEun Kim

German guitarist Ines Thomé and Korean violinist YuEun Kim met at the USC Thornton School, where Ines is pursuing a Doctorate with the renowned guitarist William Kanengeiser of the famed LAGQ and YuEun - winner of last year's USC Thornton Concerto Competition - is pursuing an Artist Diploma with famed violinist Midori. Their program features selections for violin and guitar inspired by the cinema.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

"Vladimir has a virtuosic technique that he molds into sounds that impact the listener with deep emotional intensity." ~ Daniel Pollack


Vladimir Khomyakov, piano

Pianist Vladimir Khomyakov was born in Kirovograd (USSR) into a family of musicians. His piano studies started early at Chelyabinsk Special Music School with Merited Artist of Russia and then Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory (St. Petersburg, Russia), where he graduated. In 2011 he received a post-graduate degree from the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (Moscow, Russia). In 2012, he finished with honors, the highly prestigious Artist Diploma Program at the USC Thornton School of Music in the studio of world-renowned pianist, Professor Daniel Pollack. Vladimir Khomyakov is a top prizewinner of numerous International Piano Competitions.

Vladimir Khomyakov performs Liszt's La Campanella

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

"These very special young artists have the ability to both impress and to touch the listener. "
~ Jim Walker, celebrated jazz flutist & Professor at Colburn and USC



Flutist Yoon Hee Jung            Harpist Ko Ni Choi

The flute/harp duoKYaria was formed by two highly talented graduate alumna of the USC Thornton School, who separately have fast-rising solo careers.

Harpist Yoon-Hee Jung received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees with Academic Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music. She recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance at USC Thornton School under Jim Walker, past longtime principal flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and member of the famed ensemble Free Flight.

Harpist Ko Ni Choi studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Glenn Gould School at Royal Conservatory of Music, and USC Thornton School under JoAnn Turovsky, Principal Harpist of Los Angeles Opera and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.


Kenton Youngstrom, acoustic guitar€€  Aaron Chavez, percussion
Kenton Youngstrom acoustic guitar   Aaron Chavez percussion

Damon Zick, soprano sax, alto flute  Jacob Szekely, cello
Damon Zick soprano sax, alto flute Jacob Szekely cello         

Quarteto Nuevo effectively merges western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz with an organic feel that packs a wallop! The ensemble's razor-sharp precision is enhanced by its jazzy interludes, lightly rumbling percussion motifs, and challenging time signatures. They meld the music of ancient worlds and faraway places with a contemporary groove.

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