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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

Sun Setting in Manhattan Beach

2006-2007 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, September 16, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.


UCLA's Alcantara Piano Quartet

ERIC WUEST violin, RUBY CHENG piano,

Famous on the UCLA campus for their creativity and their excellence in performing, the Alcantara Piano Quartet strives to excel on the Los Angeles classical music scene. The Quartet is coached by renowned UCLA Professors, violist Paul Coletti and pianist Walter Ponce. In 2006, the Alcantara was a finalist of the International Coleman Chamber Competition and a semifinalist of the Fischoff National Chamber Competition. It also performed as the sole student ensemble in the UCLA Faculty Chamber Concerts in May 2006, premiering Peteris Vasks's Quartett in California. Besides being selected by audition to appear on Concertos Pomeridiano, the ensemble was invited to perform on the Nixon Library.

Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.


Janaki Trio


In just a year since its founding in January 2005 at the Colburn School, the fast-rising Janaki String Trio was among the winners of the "Sundays At Two" auditions in Beverly Hills, Grand Prize winner at the 59th Annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, and winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York City, where it encored its winning final-round program in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Individually, its members study with Southern California's premier teachers: violinist Serena McKinney with Robert Lipsett, violist Katie Kadarauch with Paul Coletti, and cellist Arnold Choi with Ronald Leonard, and perform in the Colburn Orchestra under the baton of Yehuda Gilad. By popular demand, Janaki is returning for the second season in a row.

Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.

PARIS DUO from France

Violinist Vadim Tchijik  Pianist David Bismuth
   VADIM TCHIJIK violin      DAVID BISMUTH piano

Having independent acclaimed careers in Europe, these dynamic artists perform and record worldwide as the Duo since 2001.

Prize-winner of numerous international violin competitions such as Paganini Competition in Genoa, Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Lipizer Competition in Gorizia, and winner of the International Competition in Portogruaro, Italy, violinist Vadim Tchijik has performed as soloist with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, North Nederland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra di Teatro di Genova, Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few.

French-born pianist David Bismuth was named by the magazine Pianiste as one of the ten most promising young French pianists of his generation. He has performed as soloist with the Orchestre de Cannes and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and in numerous international music festivals.

[Vadim Tchijik's website] [David Bismuth's website]

Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.

Classical Guitar Trio from Bulgaria

Triada Guitar Trio


The three brothers Vasil, Nikola, and Petar Chekardzhikov perform worldwide and are studying at California State University, Fullerton in the graduate program with Professor David Grimes. In March 2004, Triada won first prize in the Third Annual Guitar Ensemble Competition in Brownsville, Texas.

Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.


Boglárka Kiss, flute  Alison Bjorkedal, harp


A native of Hungary, flutist Boglárka Kiss has been earning notice for embracing rarely heard repertoire from around the world, researching and performing flute music from Central and Eastern Europe. As a soloist, she has been featured on NPR, and in California appears frequently as a chamber musician and recitalist, most recently giving the U.S. premiere of Hungarian composer Endre Szervánszky's flute concerto to rave reviews. Her solo debut album "Air" features the first recording of the Sonata for Flute and Piano by Billy Childs, and selections by CPE Bach, Toru Takemitsu, Hungarian composers Béla Bartók, István Szelényi, and Endre Szervánszky.

Alison Bjorkedal is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the USC Thornton School of Music, where she studies with JoAnn Turovsky. Alison also received her Master's degree from the Thornton School, and her Bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon. Her performances include the world premiere of William Kraft's Encounters XII for harp and percussion, as a soloist for a triple harp concerto with the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, and as acting principal of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra. Alison was featured artist in Beverly Hills "Sundays At Two" and the Manhattan Beach "Previews" series in the 2004-05 season.

Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.


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 in the Graduate Certificate Program of the USC Thornton School of Music studying with Stewart Gordon.

[Giorgi Latsabidze's website]

Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.

Vijay Venkatesh, piano

Last year. sixteen-year-old pianist Vijay Venkatesh from Laguna Niguel performed Grieg's Piano Concerto with the South Coast Symphony as the winner of "Young Stars of the Future" competition, to a rave review from Orange County Register. Prizewinner of numerous competitions, his awards include 2nd Prize at the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition (2007), Public and the 3rd Prize at the Bronislaw Kaper Awards (2005), and the Gold Medal at the International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose (2004).

Deana Wang, violin

Fifteen-year-old violinist Deana Wang studies with Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Bing Wang. First Place winner in open and Baroque categories of the Southwestern Youth Music Festival in 2005, Deana was past concertmaster of Colburn School's Orchestra Da Camera and the Crossroads Community Youth Orchestra. As a soloist with the orchestras, she performed Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Currently, Deana is a member of Crossroads Chamber Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony.

Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.


Hyperion String Quartet
Travis Maril
   Rachel Brown Englander
Jonathan Brin
                                         Amanda Brown Brin

Resident String Quartet at San Diego State University in association with the La Jolla Music Society, the Hyperion String Quartet won First Prize for Strings at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition and Third Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Since forming in 1999 at the Eastman School of Music, they have performed across North America including in New York's famed Lincoln Center.

[Hyperion Quartet's website]

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