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The Interludes
(formerly, The Previews in Manhattan Beach)

2019-2020 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]

Music By The Sea ~ Encinitas CA
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

The Interludes ~ Torrance CA
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

A Shared Recital . . . Solo Piano & Saxophone

Nadia Azzi, pianoNADIA AZZI  Solo Piano

Twenty-one-year-old Nadia Azzi has performed with the Colburn Orchestra, Montreal's Orchestre de la Francophonie, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, and South Carolina's Beaufort Orchestra, to name some. Nadia graduated from the pre-college division of The Juilliard School and currently studies with Fabio Bidini at the Colburn Conservatory, where she also a member of a piano trio..

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Andrew Harrison, saxophone  Jason Lo, piano

ANDREW HARRISON  Saxophone                  
                                              with  JASON LO Piano

Acclaimed as "a virtuoso saxophonist" and a "magician showing off his tricks," Andrew Harrison has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the USC Thornton School of Music and a Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music. His teachers have included legendary saxophonist Harvey Pittel, and LA Philharmonic saxophonists Jim Rotter and Douglas Masek.

Andrew's collaborative pianist Jason Lo also holds a Doctorate from the USC Thornton School, where he studied with Antoinette Perry.

Music By The Sea ~ Encinitas CA
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

The Interludes ~ Torrance CA
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Another Shared Recital . . . Solo Piano & Soprano


Lukasz Yoder, pianoEnriched by the musical tradition of his mother and teacher Roza Kostrzewska Yoder, whose studies with Jan Ekier place her in direct lineage to the legendary Polish pianist Theodor Leschetitzky, Lukasz Yoder has received numerous accolades for his "revolutionary" performances marked by their "controlled intensity." Grand Prize Winner of the Lansum International Music Festival, Lukasz is a top prizewinner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, Claudette Sorel International Piano Competition in New York, The Kosciuszko Foundation's National Chopin Competition in Washington DC, and The International Chopin Competition in Connecticut, to name a just some. Lukasz has performed Zipper Hall of the Colburn School in Los Angeles, the Polish Embassy in Washington DC, the Kosciuszko Foundation's headquarters in NYC, the Steinway Society of Puerto Rico, the Dzialynski Palace and White Hall of Poznan, Poland, as well as in Zelazowa Wola, Chopin's birthplace.

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Roksana Zeinapur, sopranoDescribed as an "emotional magician on stage," Russian-Azerbaijani soprano Roksana Zeinapur is known for her poignant and personal dramatic interpretation of operatic repertoire and a distinctly beautiful vocal timbre. Her recent performances include Isoletta in La Straniera with Teatro Nuovo in New York, Antonia in Tales of Hoffmann in Ventura, and an Emerging Artist residency with Bel Canto In Tuscany in Greve in Chianti, Italy. Highlights of her work include the roles of Mimi in La Boheme, Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Fiorgiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Zemfira in Aleko, and the title role in Suor Angelica. When not singing traditional repertoire, she creates original semi-improvised works for the stage, which have been performed at The Blue Whale, Four Lark's La Bibliothèque Fantastique, Highways Performance Space, and Mimoda Studio, among others. Ms Zeinapur holds an MFA in Collaborative Piano and Voice from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Piano Performance from Pepperdine University. Born and raised on the Baltic Coast in Riga, Latvia, Roksana Zeinapur now makes her home in Los Angeles.

View the e-flyer with full concert and program information by clicking here.

Music By The Sea ~ Encinitas CA
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

The Interludes ~ Torrance CA
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

And Another Shared Recital . . . Baroque & Brass


Los Angeles Camerata

Los Angeles Camerata strives to tell the stories of women and "others" through historical performance. L.A. Camerata made its Berkeley Early Music Fringe Festival debut in June 2018. Past productions include a world premiere revival of Isabella Andreini's La Mirtilla (written 1588), as well as the first woman-composed opera, Francesca Caccini's La liberazione di Ruggiero (1625).


Oakwood Brass

Founded in 2009, Oakwood Brass performs engaging selections to attract new listeners to classical brass instrumentation. Its members trained at CalArts, The Colburn School, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, USC Thornton School of Music, Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Northwestern University.

View the e-flyer with full concert and program information by clicking here.

Music By The Sea ~ Encinitas CA
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

The Interludes ~ Torrance CA
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Music In The Mansion ~ Beverly Hills CA
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Piano Duet

Somang Jeagal, piano  Hye Won Souh, piano


With praise from the Boston Globe, "heavenly with remarkable charming tones,"and from Piano Music Magazine, Seoul as "a thrilling blend of fire and lyricism," pianist Hye Won Souh is a performer known for her exceptional musicality. After studying at Ye-Won School of the Arts in South Korea, she came to the U.S. and continued at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and her Master's from Seoul National University. Ms. Souh won prestigious international competitions, including Grand Prize at the Johannes Brahms Association Competition and finalist at the Stravinsky Awards International Competition, as well as winning the NEC Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition and the BSO Concerto Competition.

As Grand Prize winner in the 61st Washington International Competition for Piano, So-Mang Jeagal was awarded a $10,000 prize, as well as a concerto appearance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and a solo recital on the prestigious Phillips Collection Recital Series. Somang 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 Jeagal graduated from Seoul National University with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, and earned the coveted Artist Diploma under Professor Kevin Fitz Gerald at the USC Thornton School of Music.

View the e-flyer with full concert and program information by clicking here.

Music By The Sea ~ Encinitas CA
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

The Interludes ~ Torrance CA
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Music In The Mansion ~ Beverly Hills CA
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Voices of South America

Xavier Prado, tenor  Camila Lima, soprano

   XAVIER PRADO tenor    CAMILA LIMA soprano
      from Chile                          from Argentina

"Beautiful, very artistic, clear operatic soprano from Argentina will share a program with a powerful tenor from Chile. Both have extensive repertoire." ~ Beverly Hills National Auditions Selection Committee

Tenor Xavier Prado came to the U.S. with his family at the age of 15. An accomplished violinist and violist, his focus shifted fully to becoming a singer, and he has sung numerous leading operatic and oratorio roles in Europe and North America. In 2018, Opera Buffs selected Mr. Prado to be featured in their fall production of La Boheme and he received a grant they provide to excellent emerging young artists. In January 2019, Mr. Prado starred as the lead role in the world premiere of the new opera Dulcinea XL by celebrated composer Juan Colomer under maestro Ignazio Terrasi and the Los Angeles Grand Ensemble at the Colburn School's Zipper Concert Hall.

American/Argentinian soprano Camila Lima made her debut in the role of Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata in Barcelona, Spain, and has since sung numerous leading operatic roles in Europe and North America. She has sung at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and at Carnegie Hall in New York. She was the winner of alternate First Prize of the 2018 international New York Lyric Opera Competition and semi-finalist at the Montserrat Caballe Competition in Zaragoza and the Jaume Aragall Competition in Sabadell, both in Spain. Camila won the Beverly Hills National Auditions for a second time, and is returning after her recital triumph last season.

View the e-flyer with full concert and program information by clicking here.

A Live-Streamed Recital
(see link to the archived livestream below)
Because of the Coronavirus pandemic,
there was no live-audience recital.

The Interludes ~ Torrance CA
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Renowned Russian Pianist

Pianist Svetlana Smolina

Pianist Svetlana Smolina has performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, iPalpiti Orchestra at Disney Hall, and with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Orchestra National de France. She has appeared at the Salzburg Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, the Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome, and at many other leading venues throughout the world. Her recording with Maestro Valery Gergiev on the Mariinsky label of Stravinsky's Les Noces received an ICMA award in 2011. Since 2015, Svetlana has performed worldwide in a duo with the famous violinist Vadim Repin. Highlights of Svetlana's recent performances include her debut with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional Juvenil in Lima, Peru, a tour to China with the Dublin Philharmonic, and appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Sentosa Theater in Singapore, and CCK Symphony Hall in Buenos Aires.

The originally scheduled artist for this concert, the acclaimed Czech violinist Pavel Sporcl, was unable to travel to the U.S. because of the Coronavirus pandemic. His collaborative pianist for the concert, Svetlana Smolina, graciously stepped in to play a live-streamed solo recital of selections by Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Balakirev.

Watch the archived livestream by clicking here.

View the e-flyer with full concert and program information by clicking here.

Music By The Sea ~ Encinitas CA
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

The Interludes ~ Torrance CA
Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Music In The Mansion ~ Beverly Hills CA
Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Note: These live-audience concerts have been cancelled
and have been rescheduled for next season.

Although the final live-audience concerts of the current season have been cancelled, Classical Crossroads is endeavoring to present high-quality livestreamed replacements for you to view at home. Watch the "streamed-as-live" concert by the Tandru Trio by clicking here.


Tandru Trio

YASMINA SPIEGELBERG clarinet                                
                                         JAVIER IGLESIAS-MARTIN cello

Based in Los Angeles where they met at the USC's Thornton School of Music, members of the the Tandru Trio -- Yasmina Spiegelberg from Switzerland, Javier Iglesias-Martin from Spain, and Katelyn Vahala from Pasadena -- share their passion for chamber music and the repertoire for clarinet trio with the community.

Music By The Sea ~ Encinitas CA
Friday, May 15, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

The Interludes ~ Torrance CA
Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Music In The Mansion ~ Beverly Hills CA
Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Note: The live-audience concerts have been cancelled.
The concert was streamed from Santa Barbara & Latvia over the internet
on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. on Beverly Hills TV.

An International Collaboration

Max Beitan, cello  Jacopo Giacopuzzi, piano
 Cellist                                 Pianist
     Latvian,                              from Italy,
           born in Russia               based in Santa Barbara

Cellist Max Beitan represents a new way of unique individual interpretation in the art of the cello. He is the winner of five Grand Prix awards and 15 international competitions. Max Beitan tours and performs extensively in Europe, the USA, and Asia. His expression on the cello is synthesis of a belcanto and a "speaking" technique. Thanks to his energetic interpretations and a winning personality, his concerts leave a unique impression.

Max Beitan plays Rachmaninoff's Vocalise
Live concert at the Franciscan Monastery, Island Hvar, Croatia

Pianist Jacopo Giacopuzzi has performed at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Harmos Festival in Porto, Portugal, Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He is the winner of the International Piano Competition San Donà di Piave, Premio Crescendo in Florence, International Liszt Competition in Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills National Auditions.

Music By The Sea ~ Encinitas CA
Friday, June 19, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

The Interludes ~ Torrance CA
Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Music In The Mansion ~ Beverly Hills CA
Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Note: The live-audience concerts have been cancelled.
The concert was streamed over the internet
on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. on Beverly Hills TV.


Syrinx Reed Quintet

back row:                 MATHIEU GIRARDET          JEFFREY WASIK
front row:  PATRICK OLMOS     MICAH WRIGHT    VICTORIA LEE           

The Syrinx Quintet is bringing a new voice to the Southern California chamber music scene. Founded in 2018, Syrinx Quintet boasts a versatile and colorful combination of avid teaching artists with backgrounds from across the nation. Experienced in a wide variety of styles and comfortable in any venue, the ensemble offers bold and innovative repertoire in an industry that demands fresh creativity. Syrinx Quintet effectively communicates all music - from the Renaissance to contemporary and popular genres. Built and driven by its homogeneous instrumentation, Syrinx Quintet is proud to inspire new perspectives and collaborations in sound.

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