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Bach's Lunch

2004-2005 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 1, 2004 at 12:15 p.m.

"Super" Bach's Lunch

Laurence Gingold, piano


performs Bach's Goldberg Variations

New York-based pianist Laurence Gingold opens the series with Bach's complete Goldberg Variations in an extended "Super Bach's Lunch." Laurence has performed the Goldberg Variations at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, and the Jan Deyl Conservatory in Prague. He has performed both books of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier from memory at USC and in Hollywood. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, Laurence did his graduate studies at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Yamaha Concert Grand piano courtesy of Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.

Friday, November 5, 2004 at 12:15 p.m.

Early Music Vocal Ensemble

Sopranos Claire Fedoruk, Rachelle Fox, and Karen Hogle, all members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Chamber Singers, and many other fine Los Angeles vocal ensembles, will be joined by cellist Ira Glansbeek.

Friday, December 3, 2004 at 12:15 p.m.

Boglárka Kiss Robert Edward Thies


A native of Hungary, with residences in that country and California, flutist Boglárka Kiss is Professor of Music at Cerritos College. Internationally renowned concert pianist Robert Edward Thies is Gold-Medal winner of the International Prokofiev Competition. Together in April of 2003, they gave a recital in Boglárka's beautiful hometown of Pécs, Hungary.

[Boglárka Kiss's website] [Robert Edward Thies's website]

Friday, January 7, 2005 at 12:15 p.m.


Derek Gordon is organist at Los Altos United Methodist Church in Long Beach and the accompanist of the Long Beach Camerata Singers.

Friday, February 4, 2005 at 12:15 p.m.


Mojave Trio
    Sara Parkins   Margaret Parkins   Genevieve Lee
violin                   cello                       piano   

Grammy-Award-winning violinist Sara Parkins of the famed Angeles Quartet is joined by UC Irvine faculty cellist Margaret Parkins and Pomona College faculty pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee.

Friday, March 4, 2005 at 12:15 p.m.

Russ Litchfield, organ


A graduate of Whittier College, Russ Litchfield is Organist of First Friends Church in Whittier, and for the past nine years he was the Music Director and Organist of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pasadena.

Friday, April 1, 2005 at 12:15 p.m.

Zeynep Ucbasaran


Born in Istanbul, Santa Barbara-based pianist Zeynep Ucbasaran studied at the Istanbul Conservatory, the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, and USC. An award winner at the International Los Angeles Liszt Competition, she concertizes throughout the United States and Europe.

[Zeynep Ucbasaran's website]

Friday, May 6, 2005 at 12:15 p.m.

James Taulbee, organ


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

Friday, June 3, 2005 at 12:15 p.m.

Patricia Lamb, organist


Organist at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Newport Beach, Patricia Lamb holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Cal State Fullerton and the Masters and Doctorate from USC, where she studied with Ladd Thomas and Cherry Rhodes.

Friday, July 29, 2005 at 12:15 p.m.

Cameron Carpenter, organist


12:15 p.m. - Organ Recital by Cameron Carpenter

 1:00 p.m. - Panel discussion moderated by Daniel Cariaga

 1:30 p.m. - Lunch with Cameron Carpenter
and the iPalpiti

 2:15 p.m. - iPalpiti chamber orchestra open rehearsal
     under the baton of Maestro Eduard Schmieder

As part of the 8th Annual International Laureates Festival, the brilliant young Juilliard graduate Cameron Carpenter will perform a "Bach's Lunch" organ recital.

Following his recital, Cameron will participate in a panel discussion on the future of classical music, based on his essay Taking Action Now and moderated by dean of Los Angeles Times music writers Daniel Cariaga.

The audience is then invited to lunch with Cameron, Daniel, the iPalpiti chamber orchestra artists, Maestro Eduard Schmieder, and Young Artists International and "Sundays At Two" Artistic Director Laura Schmieder.

Later that afternoon, there will be an open rehearsal of the Poulenc Organ Concerto with iPalpiti in Trinity Lutheran Church's Sanctuary.

The next day, Cameron will be the featured soloist performing the Poulenc Concerto with iPalpiti in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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