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The Previews Archives
From 2001 to 2013 in Manhattan Beach, The Previews has become Classical Crossroads' The Interludes concert series in Torrance CA

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2001-2002 Previews Concert Series

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Beverly Hills Audition Winners

Talented rising artists from around the world are selected at the Beverly Hills Auditions and presented monthly in the South Bay on The Interludes concert series in Torrance (previously The Previews concert series in Manhattan Beach). The Interludes series is graciously hosted by First Lutheran Church & School – Torrance as a gift to the community. The concerts also are presented on the preceding Friday evenings on the Music By The Sea recital series in the beautiful Encinitas Library with its expansive view of the Pacific Ocean. From January through June, the concerts are presented the following Sundays on Beverly Hills' Music In The Mansion recital series in the Beverly Hills' historic Greystone Mansion.

"The series is a much-sought opportunity for young performers...the talent level is extremely high." ~ Los Angeles Times 

Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 2:00 p.m.

KAZEM ABDULLAH clarinetist
KELLY LIN, pianist

Kazem AbdullahKAZEM ABDULLAH is winner of the ARTS National Talent Search Competition in 1997 and many other awards, most recently being a grand prize of the National Symphony Orchestra Competition and the Bill Cerutti Award from WETA public radio in Washington D.C. He soloed with Cincinnati and National Symphony orchestras and performs in recitals and participates in music festivals in the US and abroad. On Friday, October 19, 2001, Kazem will perform Copland's Clarinet Concerto with the USC Thornton Symphony.
Born in Indiana, Kazem began playing clarinet at the age of nine and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and Magna cum Laude from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 2000. Currently, Kazem pursues a Master's Degree at USC.

Saturday, September 22, 2001 at 2:00 p.m.


Karine PoghosyanKARINE 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. 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. Karine wishes to dedicate her performance of the works she has selected after the intermission to the victims of the September 11 tragedy.

Haydn: Sonate in C Major, Hob.xvi:48
Beethoven: Sonate in C Major, Op.53, "Waldstein"
Chopin: Nocturne in C Minor, Op.48 No.1
Chopin: Ballade in G Minor, Op.23
Rachmaninoff: Elegie in E-flat Minor, Op.3 No.1
Liszt: "Mazeppa," from "Les Etudes d'execution transcendante"

Saturday, October 27, 2001 at 2:00 p.m.

with pianist Paul Switzler

Jessica MokJESSICA MOK, a native of Seoul, Korea, began her flute studies at the age 10 and received her Artist Diploma of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Cincinnati College Conservatory. She received a Bachelor of Music from USC. Among her numerous awards include a Grand Prize and Concerto in the Young Artists Peninsula Competition, first prizes in the New York Flute Club Competition, Los Angeles Philharmonic Pasadena Instrumental Competition, National Flute Association, Los Angeles International Philharmonic Excellence in Diversity Competition. She participated in festivals in Aspen, Sarasota, and Round Top. In 2000 she gave a debut recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.


 Kevin CooperKEVIN COOPER is pursuing a Master of Classical Guitar performance degree at USC, where he received several honors including the Mary Pickford Foundation Endowed Scholarship in Classical Guitar. In 1996 he received the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Award.

 Pianist PAUL SWITZLER earned his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the University of the Pacific Conservatory at Stockton, California. His primary studies were under Edward Shadbolt, who was a student of Bela Bartók and Zoltán Kodály. Paul is known for his expertise at coaching and accompanying aspiring artists.

Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 2:00 p.m.

XIBEI JIA pianist (China)

Xi-BeiXIBEI JIA arrived in Los Angeles almost 2 years ago from her native China, and currently is in the 10th grade at the Aube Tzerko Piano Academy of the New Roads School in Santa Monica, where she studies with Mary Ann Cummins. In a short time in Los Angeles she has won numerous musical honors. Most recently, she won the Music Center Spotlight Award and appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a winner of the Bronislav Kaper Award. She also won the State MTAC concerto competition and the Rotary Club's Young Musicans Competition and has soloed with Westchester/Marina and the Pacific Palisades orchestras. Xibei is a recipient of YMF Fred Bock Memorial Scholarship, and also holds a scholarship from Westside Junior Philharmonic. Xibei participated in master classes with John Perry and Murray Perahia.

Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.


Brenda JonesBRENDA JONES, a USC senior and student of John Perry, is pursuing a piano performance degree as well as minor in business administration. Her first solo performance with orchestra was at the age of eight. As a recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award in 1998, she has had numerous concerts nationwide. Other awards include Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award and top prizes in the Bronislav Kaper and Kingsville competitions. She has appeared on NPR "Performance Today" as well as 91.5KUSC and Michigan Public Radio. Brenda recently performed with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Symphonies in the Glen, and participated in festivals in Aspen, Sarasota and New York.

Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.

KARINA SABAC, pianist (Romania)

Adolfo Gutierrez ArenasADOLFO GUTIERREZ ARENAS was born in Munich, Germany in 1975 and graduated from the Reina Sofia School of Music under Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson. He continued violoncello studies with Lluis Claret and participated in master courses with such eminent musicians as Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, David Geringas, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Currently Adolfo is studying with Bernard Greenhouse cellist of the famed Beaux Art Trio for over three decades. As a member of the Beethoven String Quartet and the Scarlatti Piano Quartet, sponsored by the Carlos de Amberes Foundation, he performed throughout Spain. In chamber music, he performed in festivals in Germany, France, and Holland. Presently, Adolfo is a member of the Arizcuren String Trio. Adolfo has been among selected soloists for the 1999 International Laureates Music Festival and performed solo with I PALPITI Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles. Season engagements include numerous performances of Beethoven's entire works for cello and piano and Bach's Six Suites.

Karina SabacKARINA SABAC was born in Romania in 1978. Her studies in the Romanian "George Enesco" High School in Bucharest were accomplished simultaneously with her University studies in Academy of Arts "Hochschule der Künste" of Berlin. In 2001, she received the Masters degree at University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, where she is presently enrolled in the doctoral program studing with Professor John Perry.

Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.
(Trinity Lutheran replacement concert for soprano Corinne Larson)


Cellist FANG FANG XU is a Doctoral Candidate in cello performance at USC studying with Eleonore Schoenfeld.

Violinist CHARLES PILON is a graduate student in violin performance at USC studying with Robert Lipsett.

Pianist VALERIA MORGOVSKAYA, a graduate of the Kiev State Conservatory, immigrated to the United States in 1990. Since 1991, she has been the official accompanist of the International Gregor Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists at USC. She is currently on staff at Loyola Marymount University as an accompanist and is often engaged in that capacity at USC and the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts.

Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.

ALEXANDRU TOMESCU violin (Romania)

PAVEL PETROV, piano (Russia)

AlexandruALEXANDRU TOMESCU is the winner of 28 international awards including 2nd Gran Prix/Menuhin Prize at the Jaques Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris and a Gold Medal in the Enescu International Violin Competition, Romania. Hailed in Berliner Morgenpost as "a violin superstar," in Le Monde, France as "one of the great players of violin in the world," and in De Gool-en Eemlander, Holland, as "a wonder indeed," Alexandru enjoys recognition being among elite violinists of his generation. He has appeared as soloist with major orchestras in his native Romania as well as with orchestras throughout Europe, South and North Korea, the Philippines, Turkey, and Japan. Most recently he performed with L'Orchestre National de France under Christoph Eschenbach and Israel Philharmonic under Sergiu Comissiona. He graduated from Academy of Music in Bucharest with Professor Stefan Gheorghiu, took master classes with Ruggero Ricci, and studied with Eduard Schmieder in Europe and USA. From1998-2000 he was a selected artist of Young Artists International and was a featured soloist in its annual International Laureates Festival in Los Angeles, Taos and Seoul. In 2001, he was featured in THE STRAD and French Classica Magazine.

A new name on the Los Angeles musical scene, PAVEL PETROV recently arrived from Russia where he studied at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, and currently enrolled at USC Thornton School of Music under Professor Daniel Pollack. Pavel is a First-Prize winner of the All-Russia Glinka's and Saphonof Piano competitions in Moscow. Internationally, he received 2nd prize in Spain (2000) and 4th prize in Senigalia,Italy (1995). Pavel participated in many international music festivals ( Japan, Macedonia, Spain, Russia), and performed as a soloist to high acclaim in his native Russia.

Saturday, June 1, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.

DAVID SHERR, clarinet

Corinne LarsenCORINNE LARSEN has studied with Marvellee Cariaga since age 14. A graduate of the Orange County School of the Arts, she participated in the Opera Arts Training Program in San Francisco in 1995-96. She has won prizes in the Carmel Music Society Voice Competition, the Los Angeles Artists of the Future Competition and the American Institute of Fine Arts Voice Competition, as well as many scholarships. In the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons she covered roles in Manon, Cosi fan Tutte, The Magic Flute, and Don Giovanni. She has sung numerous recitals, participated in Summer Songfest in 1997, 1998, and 2000, and most recently performed in the Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival. She appeared in "Sundays at Two" in 1995. She spent last summer at Aspen with a full fellowship in Voice Performance Studies and was a regional finalist at the Metropolitan Opera auditions in October.

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