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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

2008-2009 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 20, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.


Hana Kin, violin  Young Yoo, piano  Joy Song, cello
Photo by Kwan W. Ko © 2008
HANA KIM violin                                         
                                           JOY SONG cello

Hailing from different backgrounds and yet of the same Korean nationality, Strada Trio members Hana Kim, Joy Song, and Young Yoo have Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Juilliard School. Individually they have participated in the Salzburg Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood, the Mozarteum Festival, Music Academy of the West, and the Taos Chamber Music Festival, and have given performances in New York City, Boston, London, Salzburg, Berlin, Seoul, and Los Angeles. Togther, they have performed three concerts in the Herbert Zipper Concert Hall of the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

[Strada Trio website]

Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.


Los Angeles Flute Orchestra

Founded in 1999, the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra is a professional ensemble with a unique collection of flutes ranging from piccolo to the extremely rare double contra-bass flute.

Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.

UCLA vs USC   

Eun-Hye "Grace" Lee, piano  Jonathan Ong, piano
EUN-HYE "GRACE" LEE                         

UCLA student Eun-Hye "Grace" Lee and USC Thornton student Jonathan Ong share a recital and will each perform solo selections. Then in a display of harmony between the two rival schools, Grace and Jonathan will perform a four-hands selection together.

A native of Korea, Grace Lee is a sophomore at UCLA majoring in music/piano performance under Professor Walter Ponce. She won top prizes in the 2006 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, 2006 Glendale Piano Competition, 2006 MTAC Concerto Competition, which resulted in performing Mozart Concerto No. 21 in C Major with Glendale Youth Orchestra at the Alex Theater, 2006 Young Artist Competition sponsored by Friends of William Grant Still Arts Center, and the 2006 Southwestern Youth Music Festival, among numerous other awards and scholarships.

A native of Australia, Jonathan Ong is studying on full scholarship for his Masters of Music at USC, majoring in piano performance under the tutelage of Professor Kevin Fitz-Gerald. He made his orchestral debut at the age of ten with the Sydney Youth Orchestra. In 2006, Jonathan was awarded a scholarship to attend the Banff International Keyboard Festival. Most recently he won the Torrance Symphony Young Artists Competition (2008).

Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

from Canada

Jung Trio

Julie Jung cello                                              
Jennie Jung piano
Ellen Jung violin

The Jung Trio - sisters Jennie, Ellen, and Julie - has established itself as one of today's notable rising young ensembles. Born and raised in Toronto, the trio has appeared in concerts across North America and around the world. Selected by YAI as debut artists 2007, the trio performed during the 10th iPalpiti Laureates Festival at Beverly Hills' Greystone Mansion and as part of iPalpiti at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2007 and 2008.

The Jung Trio won the Grand Prize at the 2002 Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition and the Bronze Medal at the 2002 Fischoff Competition. The Trio members hold degrees from the University of Toronto, New England Conservatory of Music, and Yale University School of Music, where all three received Artist Diplomas. Pianist Jennie Jung recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at the Juilliard School.

Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

Iris Malkin, mezzo-soprano

IRIS MALKIN mezzo-soprano
EDWARD TRYBEK classical guitar

Mezzo-soprano Iris Malkin graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music with a Master's Degrees in Vocal Performance and Piano, and was awarded the highly coveted America-Israel Cultural Foundation Study Scholarship. She performed under the baton of Pierre Boulez during the 2006 Lucerne Festival, including collaboration with Boulez' celebrated Ensemble Intercontemporain. Iris was recently featured as a guest artist on the Colburn School's Faculty Recital Series.

Iris is joined by Pasadena City College faculty pianist Dr. Linda Zoolalian, who earned her Bachelor of Music from the New England of Conservatory and a Master's and Doctorate from USC's Thornton School of Music; and international prize-winning guitarist Edward Trybek, a protégé of renowned guitarist Scott Tennant at USC.

[Iris Malkin's website]
[Edward Trybek's website]

Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

Yves Dharamraj, cello


A winner of top prizes in the Ima Hogg, Klein, and Juilliard competitions, Franco-American cellist Yves Dharamraj has concerto appearances with the Houston Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, among others. He matriculated at Yale University where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a Master of Music degree, and an Artist Diploma under the guidance of the renowned pedagogue Aldo Parisot. He now serves as Joel Krosnick's teaching assistant while continuing his doctoral studies at the Juilliard School.

Pianist Jennie Jung of the Jung Trio hold degrees from the University of Toronto, New England Conservatory of Music, and Yale University School of Music, where she earned an Artist Diploma. Jennie Jung recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at the Juilliard School.

[Yves Dharamraj's website]

Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

Special Added Concert

"This, and My Heart"

Emily Dickenson

The Poetry of EMILY DICKINSON (1830-1886)
and the Songs Composers Have Written


This recital version of a new theatre/music piece based on the writings of Emily Dickinson is the creation of Victoria Kirsch, Anne Marie Ketchum, and Linda Kelsey with an NEA Chairman's Grant. Readings of poems and letters, the piece also features songs by noted American composers Aaron Copland, Tom Cipullo, Steve Heitzeg, and Lori Laitman.

Anne Marie Ketchum, sopranoAnne Marie Ketchum has appeared internationally and is well known for her performances of contemporary art music, vocal chamber music, solo recitals, and opera. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Choral Conducting and a Master's degree in Voice Performance from California State University, Northridge. She is Associate Professor of Music at Pasadena City College, conductor of the Verdi Chorus, and for five years was stage director for the Metropolitan Opera National Council - Western Region Showcase Concerts in Palm Springs.

Victoria Kirsch, pianoVictoria Kirsch's professional schedule includes international performing, work with Los Angeles Opera, and extensive audition playing (Plácido Domingo's Operalia in 2000 and 2004 and, until 2003, the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions), among numerous ongoing projects.

Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.


Grand-Prize winner of the International Liszt Competition in Los Angeles, Belgian pianist Steven Vanhauwaert graduated in 1999 from the Conservatorium in Kortrijk and earned his Master of Music degree in 2004 from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. He continued his studies at the USC Thornton School of Music with Kevin Fitz-Gerald, James Bonn, and John Perry. Steven won the USC Concerto Competition with the Schumann Concerto and performed it with the USC Thornton Symphony under the baton of Carl St. Clair in March 2006. He performs frequently throughout Europe and the US as solo recitalist and with chamber music ensembles and has appeared with the Pacific Symphony, the Flemish Symphony, Collegium Instrumentale, and Prima la Musica, to name a few. Steven is a frequent pianist of the acclaimed Jacaranda series in Santa Monica. This recital marks the Steven's return to Trinity Lutheran after having performed previously on the "Previews" and "Bach's Lunch" series.

[Steven Vanhauwaert's Website]

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.


Third Wheel
RICH RAMBERG bassoon              
                  KARIN KANTENWEIN flute
ADRIENNE GEFFEN clarinet     

Their friendships span more than 12 years with countless shared musical performances, but none as Third Wheel until the trio was founded in 2007. The group is dedicated to seeking out lesser-known works by contemporary composers.



Arpa y Aulos
ANDREA PUENTE harp        
         SALPI KERKONIAN flute

Designed as musical journeys through time, the programs of Arpa y Aulos encompass music from the Renaissance to the present day, including commissioned new music written especially for the ensemble.

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.


Four Sopranos

Angie Solomon, soprano    Xiaobo Su, soprano
Angie Solomon               Xiaobo Su      

€€€€Yun-Ju Lai, soprano    Jacquelynne Fontaine, soprano
    Yun-Ju Lai          Jacquelynne Fontaine

with pianist Shawn Kirchner

The level of talent at this year's Beverly Hills Auditions was exceptional, and this concert is a rare opportunity to hear four rising young soprano stars.

A recent transplant from the Midwest, Angie Solomon completed her Master's degree at the University of Missouri and debuted with Kansas City Lyric Opera. Mozart Festival first-prize winner and Opera Buffs' laureate Xiaobo Su is in the USC Thornton School graduate program. Yun-Ju Lai earned her Bachelor's degree at Taipei National University, her Master's at University of Texas, and her Doctorate from the University of Michigan. Crowned Miss California in 2006, Jacquelynne Fontaine earned her Bachelor's degree at California Lutheran University and her Master's from the USC Thornton School, where she is a DMA candidate.

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