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Bach's Lunch

2002-2003 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 4, 2002 at 12:15 p.m.

Aroussiak Baltaian, violin & Sarkis Baltaian, piano

Violinist Aroussiak Baltaian has gained international attention through her extensive appearances as a prominent recitalist, soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. She is also a First and Grand Prize winner of numerous international competitions. Currently, she is completing a Master's Program at USC under the direction of Los Angeles Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour.

Aroussiak's brother Sarkis Baltaian earned his Master's at USC under John Perry and has recently been appointed Assistant to John Perry at USC. He performs nationally as a recital and concerto soloist.

[more about the Baltaians]

Friday, November 1, 2002 at 12:15 p.m.

Jamie Pedrini

Andrea Thiele received her artist degree from Hochschule für Musik, Munich, and her Master's from Yale. Principal harpist with the Phoenix Symphony from 1998-2001, she has won numerous competition in Germany and the United States.

Jamie Pedrini received her Master's and Bachelor's of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She currently holds principal positions with the California Philharmonic Orchestra, Pasadena Pops Orchestra, and the Laguna Pageant of the Masters Orchestra, and performs with numerous other orchestras, including the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, the Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Orange County Master Chorale. Jamie is a founding member of the Los Angeles Woodwind Quintet and C.E.L.A. (Composers Ensemble Los Angeles).

[more about Andrea Thiele]

Friday, December 6, 2002 at 12:15 p.m.


Frances Nobert, a Fulbright Scholar, earned degrees from Salem College, Syracuse University, and the University of Southern California. Her organ teachers have included John Mueller, Helmut Walcha, and Arthur Poister. She has performed for conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society, and in recital throughout the US, Europe, and in China. She has several CD releases to her credit. Dr. Nobert is currently College Organist and Professor Emerita of Music at Whittier College, and Organist of First United Methodist Church in Pasadena.

Friday, January 3, 2003 at 12:15 p.m.

Russ Litchfield, organ

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

[ more about Russ Litchfield ]

Friday, February 7, 2003 at 12:15 p.m.

Dr. James Hurd, organ
Dr. JAMES HURD organ

Professor of Music at El Camino College, James Hurd is organist at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Redondo Beach. He received the Bachelor of Music degree, graduating with Departmental Honors from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and a Master of Music degree from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California, studying organ with Dr. Irene Robertson.

Friday, March 7, 2003 at 12:15 p.m.

Lisa Abel, soprano
LISA ABEL soprano

A past artist on the Beverly Hills "Sundays At Two" series, Lisa Abel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance in 2000 from Loyola Marymount University and her Master's degree in May of 2002 from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Lisa has sung in Master Classes given by such artists as Barbara Bonney, Pieffe Valet, and Susanna Guzman. She has sung roles in several operas and has been soloists in major chorale works. A student of Cheryl Roach, Lisa is a recent winner of the Metropolitian Opera National Council Western Regional District Audition.

Friday, April 4, 2003 at 12:15 p.m.

Karine Poghosyan, piano

Kariné Poghosyan was born in Armenia where she graduated with honors from Art School and Melikian Musical College in Yerevan, won numerous competitions, performed in recitals and soloed with orchestra, and entered Komitas State Conservatory. Karine immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1998 and currently pursues a Bachelor's Degree at CSU Northridge under Françoise Régnat. Since arriving in Los Angeles, Karine has won numerous scholarships and awards. In October 2000 she performed the Liszt Piano Concerto with CSUN Symphony Orchestra. Just one week after the September 11, 2001 tragedy, Kariné performed an inspired program at Trinity Lutheran as part its collaboration with the Beverly Hills "Sundays At Two" series. She dedicated the program to the victims. Kariné recently won 4th place in the Los Angeles Liszt Competition.

Friday, May 2, 2003 at 12:15 p.m.

James Taulbee, organ

Organist-Choirmaster of Lutheran Church of the Master in West Los Angeles, holds a Master of Music from USC. This will be James's second appearance on the series.

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