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Pacific Electric Railroad Bridge spanning Torrance Blvd.
Crossroads: The historic 1913 Pacific Electric Railroad Bridge crossing Torrance Blvd.

Free Admission - Donations Appreciated

Contribute online by clicking the "Donate" link above, or mail a check to:
Classical Crossroads, Inc., P.O. Box 1822, Manhattan Beach CA 90266

For concert information, call Jim Eninger at (310) 316-5574 or click here.

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All Concerts Are Performed in Front of a Live Audience and Simultaneously Livestreamed at the Scheduled Concert Time

Advance Reservations Requested to Attend In Person
(concert-season contributors excepted)

  • To attend, email by a day ahead and request to be included on the check-in list with the names of your guests.
  • Season contributors and their guests are automatically placed on the check-in lists for all the season concerts and can bypass the check-in line.
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With the consent of the artists, the concerts will be made available for on-demand streaming from Classical Crossroads' Vimeo Showcase for about a month, beginning a few days following the concert.

To appreciate the livestreamed concerts, you are encouraged to set aside time as you would for a live-audience concert, get comfortable, and watch on a large-screen TV with a high-quality soundbar. Alternatively, watch on an iPad or other quality computer screen with headphones.

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On First Fridays from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m
September through June

(except December)

1. First Fridays at First! ~ fff
~ at ~
2900 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503
(on the south side of Carson Street just east of Maple)
For a Google map, click here.

The popular Bach's Lunch Recitals, a favorite in the South Bay community for two decades, are now First Fridays at First! ~ fff, graciously hosted as a gift to the community by FirstServe Community Services, the nonprofit community service partner organization of First Lutheran Church & School. The finest artists from Southern California and around the world perform half-hour lunchtime recitals.

Click to see the
First Fridays at First! ~ fff
concert series

On Second Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
September through June

(except December)

2. Second Sundays at Two
~ at ~
26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates CA 90274
For a Google map, click here

The Second Sundays at Two concert series, graciously hosted as a gift to the community by Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, sprang to life in January 2009. The near-perfect acoustics and excellent sight lines of the Church's sanctuary soon made the series a favorite of aficionados and performing artists alike. Word spread on the classical music scene, and the series now draws leading artists from Southern California and around the world.

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Second Sundays at Two
concert series

Benefit Concert & Reception
in Support of Youth Outreach Concerts

Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.
Rolling Hills United Methodist Church

26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates CA 90274
For a Google map, click here

Pianist Steven VanhauwaertClassical Crossroads’ Second Sundays at Two Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Steven Vanhauwaert played a brilliant benefit recital on Saturday, April 20, 2024. This event was crucial in Classical Crossroads’ efforts to support youth outreach concerts. The goal was to raise matching funds for a $10,000 Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thanks to the exceptional generosity of a few very special contributors, Steven’s recital not only met but exceeded the goal, raising $13,000.The afternoon recital was followed by a reception with Peet’s coffee, freshly baked treats, and fruit selections.

Classical Crossroads is resurrecting its youth outreach concerts after a Covid hiatus. With the help of NEA funding, it will produce six outreach concerts over two years for youths in underserved areas of Southern California — in partnership with two leading music-education nonprofits: Global Arts in the Pico Union district west of downtown and The Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center north of downtown. The outreach concerts will also be presented and videotaped at First Lutheran Church & School in Torrance, where they can be watched in other underserved areas via on-demand streaming.

Two outstanding ensembles from Classical Crossroads’ current and upcoming seasons have been engaged: The Syrinx Reed Quintet and The Fiato String Quartet.

NEA Logo                 Global Arts                    Santa Cecilia Orchestra Logo
THE MISSION OF CLASSICAL CROSSROADS, Inc. is to support the great art of classical music by presenting inspired performances of chamber music concerts of the highest possible artistic quality. The concerts are free and welcoming to all, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic strata, sexual orientation, and age. They provide a meeting place where performing artists and diverse community members share their appreciation of classical music. For those unable to attend in person — for myriad reasons including advanced age, physical or mental challenges, illness, transportation, and geographical location — Classical Crossroads provides access by simultaneously live-streaming the concerts, striving for the highest possible audio and video quality with a simple, audience-member's view that doesn't distract from the artistry of the performances. In addition, Classical Crossroads advances diversity and inclusiveness in classical music with outreach concerts for youths in underserved areas to inspire lifelong involvement.

Sunsetting of The Interludes
(formerly, The Previews
in Manhattan Beach)

Talented rising artists from around the world are selected at the Beverly Hills National Auditions and in the past were presented monthly on Saturday afternoons in the South Bay on The Interludes concert series at First Lutheran Church & School. These concerts were also presented on Friday evenings on the Music By The Sea recital series in Encinitas, California, and and they continue to be presented on Beverly Hills' Music In The Mansion recital series in Greystone Mansion.

During the Covid pandemic, plans for the Beverly Hills TV Department to videotape these concerts at Greystone Mansion and premiere them on BHTV proved infeasible because of artist travel restrictions. Classical Crossroads' Board made the difficult decision to sunset The Interludes series. However, as a member of the Consortium of Southern California Chamber Music Presenters, Classical Crossroads' continues to draw artists and ensembles from winners of the Beverly Hills National Auditions for its First Fridays at First! ~ fff and Second Sundays at Two series.

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The Interludes

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