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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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2009-2010 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 19, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.


Angeles Consort
left to right
Jason Yoshida lute
Suzanna Giordano Gignac Baroque violin & viola
Janet Worsley Strauss Baroque violin
Leif Woodward Baroque cello

The Los Angles-based Early Music ensemble, Angeles Consort has emerged as one of the top Baroque chamber groups in Southern California. Specializing in music of the late 16th to 18th century, Angeles Consort brings a fresh and historically informed approach to the repertoire. Angeles Consort's members are premier Early Music ensemble artists trained at the Southland's leading music schools including the USC Thornton School (Janet and Leif), Cal State Northridge and Hartt School (Suzanna) and UC Santa Barbara (Jason). They bring their performing experience from renowned ensembles and festivals including Musica Angelica, Seattle Baroque, Santa Fe Pro Musica, San Francisco Consortium Antiquum, Texas Early Music Project, Camerata Pacifica, Portland Baroque, and Baroque Music Festival Corona Del Mar.

with guest artist
Angie Solomon soprano

Angie Solomon, sopranoA recent transplant from the Midwest, Angie Solomon completed her Master's degree at the University of Missouri and went on to become the soprano apprentice at the Kansas City Lyric Opera, where she debuted as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Angie won Grand Prize in the prestigious Naftzger Young Artist Award in 2007.

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

Maria Wietrzynska, piano


Polish-born pianist Maria Wietrzynska is a top-prize winner in numerous Southland Piano Competitions including Third Prize in the 2006 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. She recently performed at the Redlands Bowl as winner in its 58th Annual Young Artists Auditions. Maria currently studies at Azusa Pacific University, where she is pursuing an Artist Certificate under Roza Kostrzewska Yoder.

Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

László Mezo, cello

MARY AU piano

Born in Budapest, Hungary, László Mezo gained national recognition when he won First Prize in the "Kertész Ottó Memorial Competition" in 1998. Since then he has been a top prize winner in numerous other competitions including first prize of the 2008 Ima Hogg International Competition in Houston. László holds Master's degrees from the Liszt Ferenc University of Music in Budapest and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and recently graduated from the class of Ralph Kirshbaum at the USC Thornton School. He joined the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in July 2008. His recent CD recording of David Popper's works, including many first recordings, is on the Hungaroton label.

[László Mezo's website] [Mary Au's website]

Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.


Concord Ensemble

SCOTT GRAFF bass/baritone
SHAWN KIRCHNER piano/composer

The award-winning Concord Ensemble draws its members from the Southland's premier professional singers.

Karen Hogle Brown, sopranoSoprano Karen Hogle Brown has appeared as guest artist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the L.A. Chamber Singers and Cappella, the Millenium Consort Singers. Karen received a Bachelor of Music Education and a Masters in Vocal Performance degrees from the University of Arizona.

Scott Graff, baritoneIn his eighth season with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, bass-baritone Scott Graff sings as both a chorister and soloist with the Concord Ensemble, Los Angeles Chamber Singers and Cappella, Millennium Consort, Musica Angelica, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to name some of his activities.

Multi-talented classical and jazz pianist and singer / composer / arranger Shawn Kirchner sings with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. He has a growing list of TV/film credits as music director/arranger and singer.

Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Stephen Cook, piano


Stephen Cook has concertized to high acclaim nationwide and in Italy and Japan. His performances have been televised on WTTW's Chicago Tonight and on South Bend Indiana public television's documentary Toradze, Generations of Greatness. He has also been heard on KBAQ Phoenix Classical Radio and performed live on WFMT Radio Chicago. A student of luminary pianists Eteri Andjaparidze and Robert Hamilton, Stephen continues his Doctoral studies at Arizona State University, while serving on the piano faculty at Arizona for the Arts in Phoenix.

[Stephen Cook's website]

Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Jacaranda Quartet-In-Residence


Yves Dharamraj, cello

Joel Pargman violin                           
Timothy Loo cello
Alma Lisa Fernandez viola
Sarah Thornblade violin

Founded in 2000 by cellist Timothy Loo, the Denali Quartet was coached for two summers at the Alaskan Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival by Peter Marsh, former first violinist of the famed Lenox Quartet. The current roster gelled in 2003, and Denali was adopted by the acclaimed Jacaranda series as its Quartet-In-Residence.

Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

"One of the most interesting, imaginative, and downright thrilling young violinists in America today." Jeffrey Kahane, Music Director,
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra


Lindsay Deutsch, violin


At 23, American violinist Lindsay Deutsch has performed as soloist with the Colorado Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, both conducted by Jeffrey Kahane, and with numerous other symphonies and orchestras across North America. As a recitalist, she has appeared on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, the Da Camera Society at the historic Doheny Mansion in Los Angeles, and the Leonard Nimoy Concert Series, to name a few. She made her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut performing John Corigliano's Red Violin Chaconne with the California Philharmonic. Lindsay Deutsch currently studies with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory. She plays on a 1742 Sanctus Seraphin on generous loan from the Mandell Collection of Southern California.

[Lindsay Deutsch's Website]

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Hyun-Soo Lee, piano


Among her numerous top prizes in international piano competitions, Hyun-Soo Lee was recently awarded Second Prize and the London Performance Award in the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. She appeared in the 2006 concert series with the London Soloist Chamber Orchestra, and has performed solo recitals worldwide. Hyun-Soo has performed with the Korean Symphony, World Youth Symphony, and the Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra. She earned her Master of Music under John Perry at the USC Thornton School, where Hyun-Soo is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate Degree in Piano Performance under Norman Krieger.



Chun-Chieh Yen, piano Taiwanese-born Chun-Chieh Yen is a top-prize winner of international competitions including First Prize in the Hamamatsu International Academy Piano Competition in Japan, and Third Prize in the 2004 Prokofiev International Piano Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has given concerts in Europe, Asia, and North America, performed in festivals in Germany, Holland, Saratosa, and Italy, and performed as soloist with the Russian National and Rheinische Philharmonic orchestras, and the National Symphony of Taiwan. In 2007 he was given a full scholarship to study with John Perry at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.

Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, South American harp

South American Harp

The polyrhythms and syncopations of the traditional music genres of South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Spain are the roots of Dr. Ortiz's compositions, frequently performed and recorded by classical and folk harpists around the world. During the Tenth World Harp Congress in 2008 in Amsterdam, no less than 232 harpists, including the composer, performed the world premiere of his Cumbia Verde. An internationally acclaimed harpist, composer, and educator, his recitals include insightful and engaging commentary about the music.

A Cuban by birth, he lived for several years in Venezuela, where he learned to play arpa llanera (traditional harp from the Venezuelan plains) and arpa paraguaya (Paraguayan harp). He then moved to Colombia, where he began his professional music career and became a medical doctor before establishing his residence in Southern California. Dr. Ortiz will perform his recital on his Paraguayan harp, the official national instrument of Paraguay.

[Alfredo Rolando Ortiz's website]

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