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The Interludes
(formerly, The Previews in Manhattan Beach)

2017-2018 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.

Free admission - Donations Appreciated

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 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Flutist Jonathan Sussman

Flutist, Violist, Pianist, and Composer
with Pianist

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.


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    

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.

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.

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.

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

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


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.

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.

From Korea with Love ...

            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, along with cellist Kyung 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.

Los Angeles Ensemble

Los Angeles Ensemble

 SUNG CHANG piano                              TANNER MENEES viola                 
                                     BINGXIA LU cello                    JOANNA LEE violin

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.

Individually, Los Angeles Ensemble members are winners of international competitions and have trained in leading music schools worldwide. Two are currently in the USC Thornton School graduate program, where they study with its esteemed faculty: Jeffrey Kahane (Sung Chang) and Ralph Kirshbaum (Bingxia Lu). Joanna Lee recently earned her DMA at USC studying with Margaret Batjer. Tanner Menees is an Artist Diploma candidate studying with Paul Coletti at the Colburn School, where he also earned his Bachelor of Music.

Los Angeles Ensemble perform Andante cantabile
from Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

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

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.

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

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

Aves Quartet

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

Cellist JULIETTE HERLIN    Pianist IRENE KIM        

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra founder and clarinetist Benjamin Mitchell is joined by his fellow instrumentalists of the orchestra, violinist Benjamin Hoffman and French-born cellist Juliette Herlin. Pianist Irene Kim completes the quartet. These artists trained at some of the world's leading music schools, such as the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste; Yale School of Music, Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Juilliard School, and the Peabody Conservatory.

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

Helix Collective

Helix Collective

SARAH ROBINSON flute                                              
KATHRYN EAMES piano               
                       PHIL POPHAM oboe
                                                            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 have 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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