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Bach's Lunch

2007-2008 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, September 7, 2007 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. A favorite at Trinity Lutheran, James will open the series.

Friday, October 5, 2007 at 12:15 p.m.

Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition Strings-Prize Winners


Blue Rose Trio
Rose Chen
Audrey Solomon
                                               Lars Hoefs

The Blue Rose Trio won the Strings Prize of the 2005 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. Its members are current and recent graduate students at the USC Thornton School of Music. The afternoon of its recital, the Trio will give outreach concerts in Manhattan Beach Schools.

[Blue Rose Trio's website]

Friday, November 2, 2007 at 12:15 p.m.


Pianist Mark Robson

organ and harpsichord

Mark Robson is one of the Southland's most versatile and respected artists. In his article "Mark Robson Shines at Zipper Concert Hall," Los Angeles Times senior music critic Mark Swed wrote, "But one thing this spectacular pianist clearly does is practice. He has one of the great techniques. He has an inquiring mind.... Robson is a major pianist... It is hard to understand why composers aren't lining up to write for Robson. ... someone should invite him to appear on the Bowl stage."

A founding member of Piano Spheres, Mark Robson earned his degrees from Oberlin College and from USC under John Perry and James Bonn. From 1991 through 2005, Mark was on the staff of the Los Angeles Opera as a répétiteur and eventually as Assistant Chorus Master / Assistant Conductor and he recently joined the CalArts' faculty. As a recitalist, he has concertized at the Salle Marguerite Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris, the Paleis Het Loo in the Netherlands, Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Sundays Live! series, the Kennedy Center, James Madison University, and the Spoleto Festival.

[About Mark Robson on Los Angeles Philharmonic's website]

Friday, December 7, 2007 at 12:15 p.m.

Nora Chaing, piano  Jonathan Moerschel, viola

           NORA CHIANG piano
                          JONATHAN MOERSCHEL viola

At the age of thirteen Nora Chiang was awarded a five-year scholarship to attend the pre-college division of the Juilliard School. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music. A faculty member of Santa Monica College, Nora did graduate work at New England Conservatory and earned a Master of Music from the University of Southern California..

Founding violist of the famed Calder String Quartet, Jonathan Moerschel made his Boston Symphony Hall solo debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1997 after taking first prize in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Competition. He earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in viola performance from USC.

[Nora Chiang's website]

Friday, January 4, 2008 at 12:15 p.m.

Timothy Howard, organ


Lecturer in Music at California State University, Northridge, Timothy Howard holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USC. He is the organist at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church and for 13 years held the position of Associate Organist-Choirmaster at All Saints Church in Pasadena.

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 12:15-1:00 p.m.

"Super" Bach's Lunch


Geeta Novotny, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano GEETA NOVOTNY as Carmen
VICTORIA KIRSCH music director and piano

Fast-rising young Los Angeles Opera mezzo-soprano and actress Geeta Novotny was Grand Prize Winner of the 2003 International Young Artist Peninsula Music Festival in Palos Verdes. In 2007, Geeta and tenor Christopher Campbell performed the leads in a concert version of Bizet's Carmen with the Roswell Symphony Orchestra (New Mexico), the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Santa Maria Philharmonic, all under the baton of John Farrer. Geeta and Christopher will be joined by Los Angeles Opera collaborative pianist Victoria Kirsch and Mládí Chamber Orchestra's flutist Pamela Vliek Martchev, who will perform the Seguidilla and the Act III interlude.

[Geeta Novotny's website]

Friday, March 7, 2008 at 12:15 p.m.

Gold Medal Winner of the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition


Born in Georgia of Georgian and Armenian heritage, Giorgi Latsabidze won the Gold Medal in the 1999 Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris, France. Giorgi is a Doctoral Candidate at the USC Thornton School of Music studying with Professor Stewart Gordon.

[Giorgi Latsabidze's website]

Friday, April 4, 2008 at 12:15 p.m.


Duo Allegra: Neli Nikolaeva, violin; Rose Chen, piano


Young Bulgarian-born Neli Nikolaeva and Taiwanese-born Rose Chen are good friends and graduate students at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Violinist Neli Nikolaeva, who studies on full scholarship with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, served as a concertmaster of the YMF Debut Orchestra, USC Thornton Symphony, Crossroads Chamber Orchestra, and International Youth Orchestra in Italy.

Rose Chen is the much-loved pianist of the Blue Rose Trio. Rose studied at the New England Conservatory and the San Francisco Conservatory, and is now pursuing a Doctoral Degree with full scholarship at the USC Thornton School of Music under renowned Canadian pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald.

[About Rose Chen on Blue Rose Trio's website]

Friday, May 2, 2008 at 12:15 p.m.

Grand-Prize Winner of the Carmel Music Society Piano Competition

Judy Huang, piano


Grand-Prize Winner of the 2004 Carmel Music Society Piano Competition, Judy Huang has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. She is dedicated to community outreach programs and has collaborated with members of Pacific Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Friday, June 6, 2008 at 12:15 p.m.

Russ Litchfield, organ


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

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