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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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2002-2003 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 24, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.


Sayako KusakaWinner of many prestigious competitions, violinist SAYAKO KUSAKA received a Silver Medal in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy, where she also won the Best Performer Caprice Award, and third prize in the 8th Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in Finland. She soloed with the Tokyo Symphony, the Kirov Orchestra, and the Japan, Osaka and Kansai Philharmonics, and was a featured soloist with I PALPITI in Los Angeles and Japan. She also soloed and recorded with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and continues her studies with Professor Eduard Schmieder at Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas. This summer she was a featured soloist with I PALPITI in the 6th Annual International Laureates Festival.

Saturday, September 21, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.


Pavel PetrovJAKUB OMSKY was born in Warsaw, Poland, where he started as the youngest student in the history of the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy. He continued his studies with Peter Rejto and Andor Toth, Jr. at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, graduating with Honors in 1995 (Bachelor of Music) and in 1997 (Artist Diploma). He is continuing his studies at USC under Eleanor Schoenfeld. Jakub has performed at prestigious summer festivals including Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, and Music Academy of the West.

Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.

The Duo

Eric Benzant-feldra & Michael KudirkaERIC BENZANT-FELDRA & MICHAEL KUDIRKA met at USC and took 1st and 2nd prizes respectively in the 10th Annual Portland Guitar Competition. As a duo they have performed extensively on the West Coast as well as in Chicago and Osaka, Japan.

"A force to be reckoned with....they are the future of classical guitar." ~ William Kanengiser, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

"The Duo plays with fire, commitment, humor, musicianship, and a strong personal bond....In the next generation of young guitarists, they stand out as artists with a bright, secure future." ~ guitarist/composer Bryan Johanson

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


Sheryl LeeCanadian pianist SHERYL LEE attended the Juilliard pre-college program. She continued her education at Yale and is currently studying with John Perry at USC. A recipient of many awards, she has performed with the Utah Symphony, the Haling Park Orchestra and Mill Hill Sinfonia in London, and the Bratislava Chamber Orchestra in Austria, and has given recitals in New York, Boston, Connecticut, London, and Hong Kong.

Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.


Caniel AustrichBorn in St. Petersburg in 1984, DANIEL AUSTRICH entered St. Petersburg Conservatory when he was 9 years old. His teacher there and his current mentor is Alla Aranovskaya, first violinist of the St. Petersburg Quartet. He performed as a soloist with orchestras in the Grand Philharmonic Hall and other prestigious venues. In 1997 his family moved to Germany, where he won first prizes in the Steinway & Sons Competition and Jeunesses Musicales, and most recently won a Guarneri violin performing with the North German Radio and Zurich Chamber Orchestra. He is continuing his studies under Ms. Aranovskaya at Oberlin College.

Saturday, February 22, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.


Andrč Dubelstein and Devon GuthrieANDRÉ DUBELSTEN and DEVON GUTHRIE are two 16-year-old friends who perform a baroque repertoire for soprano and trumpet as well as solo repertoires. In 2001 André won 1st prize in the National Trumpet Competition and won in the brass/woodwind section of the Vancouver Symphony Competition. He has performed throughout the U.S. and was a member of the Disney Orchestra (1997-1999). He has studied with Tim Morrison and Wynton Marsalis. André plans to attend the Juilliard School of Music this fall. In 2001 Devon Guthrie was a semifinalist in the L.A. Music Center Spotlight Awards in the Classical Voice Division and 1st-prize winner in the British Arts Awards in London. She has performed as a soloist with the YMF Debut Orchestra and the South Coast Symphony, and is a student of Elisabeth Howard of Vocal Power Academy.

[more about André Dubelsten]
[more about Devon Guthrie]

Saturday, March 22, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.


Fang Fang XuCellist FANG FANG XU began cello lessons with her father in Beijing at age 6, attended the Central Conservatory of Beijing, and toured Singapore. In 1990 she moved to the U.S. and continued her studies with Professor Eleonore Shoenfeld at USC, where she earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music in cello performance. She has won many competitions in Southern California, performed with orchestras as a soloist, and in 2001 joined Philharmonie der Nationen on tour in Spain and Germany. She is in the USC doctoral program.

[about Gideon Rubin]

Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.


Edna Yuan-Yuan ChiaA native of Taiwan, pianist EDNA YUAN-YUAN CHIA received her Bachelor's degree from National Taiwan University in 1997. She has been a winner in both Piano Performance and Composition in the National Taiwan Music Competition, and in the U.S. received an award from the Leni FeBland Foundation, a Dean's scholarship from the USC Thornton School of Music, and most recently second prize in the annual Carmel Music Society Competition.

Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.


Timo-Veikko ValveFinnish cellist TIMO-VEIKKO VALVE has soloed in Finland with major orchestras including the Finnish Radio Symphony and the Helsinki String Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist and a chamber musician in France, Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, South Africa, and Norway, and has performed in numerous festivals. Second prize winner in the Eurovision Grand Prix for Young Musicians in 2000, Timo-Veikko performs both the modern and the romantic repertoire for the cello. He has recorded for the Finnish Broadcasting Company and for TV. His 2002 concerts include a performance of Schumann's concerto with Sinfonia Lahti conducted by Paavo Berglund, a solo recital in the Lux Musicae festival, and a solo appearance with I PALPITI at the Ford Amphitheatre the 6th Annual International Laureates Festival.

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