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Bach's Lunch

2000-2001 Recital Series

From 2001 to 2013 in Manhattan Beach, Bach's Lunch recitals have become Classical Crossroads' First Fridays at First! ~ fff recitals in Torrance CA.

Sun Setting in Manhattan Beach

Bach's Lunch recitals were half hour without intermissions. Lunch, with sandwiches made from special-order bakery bread and farmers-market-fresh produce, were available afterwards to enjoy with the artists or take back to the office in a box.

Friday, October 6, 2000 at 12:15 p.m.

Russ Litchfield


Graduate of Whittier College, Russ Litchfield is Music Director and Organist of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pasadena.

Friday, November 3, 2000 at 12:15 p.m.

Gail Niwa

GAIL NIWA, pianist

"A member of the USC music faculty, Gail Niwa made her orchestral debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age eight. She earned her bachelor and master of music degrees at the Juilliard School. Ms. Niwa made history at the 1991 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, where she became the only woman to win the Gold Medal. She also captured two additional awards, the Audience Prize and the Chamber Music Prize. ..."

Yamaha Concert Grand Piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services

Friday, December 1, 2000 at 12:15 p.m.

Dr. James Hurd

JAMES HURD, organist

Professor of Music at El Camino College, James Hurd is organist at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Redondo Beach.

Friday, January 5, 2001 at 12:15 p.m.

Dynell Weber

with Albert Bulyan, piano

perform Bach's Gavotte en rondeau from Partita No. 3 arranged for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler; selections from Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," transcribed by Jascha Heifetz; Kreisler's Liebesleid; Csárdás by Vittorio Monti; Theme from "Schindler's List" by John Williams; and Souvenir D'Amerique "Yankee Doodle" by Henri Vieuxtemps

Freelance violinist and studio musician, Dynell Weber has played with the LA Philharmonic, LA Mozart Orchestra, LA Master Choral, LA Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony. Dynell studied with Ani Kavafian, Claire Hodgkins ( assistant teacher to Jascha Heifetz), Abram Shtern (concertmaster for 50 years with the Kiev Opera & Ballet Theater), and Eudice Shapiro while attending the University of Southern California on a full scholarship in music performance.

Friday, February 2, 2001 at 12:15 p.m.

JIYOUNG LEE, organist

Graduate student of Organ Performance at UCLA, studying with Dr. Thomas Harmon.

Friday, March 2, 2001 at 12:15 p.m.


Mira Costa Flute Quartet


Friday, April 6, 2001 at 12:15 p.m.

Phoebe Alexander


perform selections from the Italian and English Baroque, with, of course, an obligatory nod to Bach

Ranging in affect from "sweetly expressive," (LA Times) to passionately dramatic, Phoebe Alexander has performed chamber music and opera in the United States, the Netherlands, and Germany. Completing a master's degree in Early Music Performance at the University of Southern California, her study of early repertories includes special interest in the Italian Baroque and English Theater music. Phoebe has performed with the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Opera Noord-Holland-Noord, Musica Viva, and is one of the founding members of La Monica, with whom she gave acclaimed performances at the Amherst and Berkeley early music festivals last summer.

Bruce Burchmore is pursuing a DMA in Early Music at USC, where he specializes in the performance and study of early plucked and bowed stringed instruments. His main area of interest is the repertoire of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France. Bruce performs with Phoebe in the ensemble La Monica.

Friday, May 4, 2001 at 12:15 p.m.

MELODY STEED, organist

A native Iowan, Melody Steed received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. As a student of Cherry Rhodes, Melody completed her Doctorate in Organ Performance at USC in 1996. Recently, Dr. Steed has been honored by the University of Southern California with the Virgil Fox Award in Organ Performance, an award given only twice since its inception.

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