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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

2011-2012 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 10, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

The Previews
10-Year Anniversary Concert

Celebrates Liszt's 200th Birthday

€Kariné Poghosyan€ piano

New York-based Pianist

Ten years ago, Kariné Poghosyan performed the second concert of the then-new "Previews" series. Since then, she graduated from California State University, Northridge and went on to earn her Master's degree and Doctorate in record time at the Manhattan School of Music, where she is now on its distinguished faculty. Along the way, Kariné won the New West Symphony Discovery Artists Competition, the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, CSUN Symphony Concerto Competition, the Artists International Auditions. Kariné Poghosyan has been described as "extraordinary" and a "larger-than-life" pianist, whose playing goes "to the heart of the music."

Kariné will open Rolling Hills United Methodist Church's "Sundays At Two" series the next day - for information, click here.  

Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

Two-Time Beverly Hills Auditions Winners

Heather and Ryan Reithmeier

RYAN REITHMEIER baritone                         

Heather and Ryan Reithmeier made their Renee & Henry Segerstrom Hall debut as soloists for Fauré's Requiem with the Pacific Symphony. Heather was named the 2010 Gwendolyn Roberts Young Artist of the Year by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Ryan made his national tour debut with Opera A La Carte as Giuseppe in The Gondoliers. Both are graduates of Concordia College, Moorhead MN, OperaWorks, and SongFest, hold Master's degrees from CSUF, and are on the vocal faculty of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa.

Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

Quintessential Winds

Quintessential Winds
ADRIAN DUNKER horn                                                            
MARK ALPIZAR clarinet                                        

The Quintessential Winds were formed as the University Wind Quintet at the Bob Cole Conservatory of California State University, Long Beach. Currently recording their first album, Quintessential Winds are featured on the Musician's Roster of the Los Angeles Arts Commission.


Vientos Trio

RYAN ZWAHLEN oboe                                  
                        MICHAEL KREINER bassoon

Members of the Vientos Trio hold Doctorates from UCLA (Ryan) and USC (Jennifer) and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music (Michael).

Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Del Russo / De Almeida / Robson Ensemble

Catherine Del Russo, oboe  Victor De Almeid, viola  Mark Robson, piano

CATHERINE DEL RUSSO oboe/English horn                     
                                       MARK ROBSON piano

Among Southern California's finest ensemble artists, these three friends share their passion for chamber music with the audience. They trained at some of the Nation's leading music schools including Eastman School of Music (Catherine), Peabody Institute of Music (Victor), and the USC Thornton School and Oberlin College (Mark).

Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

"Svetlana Smolina, an outstanding Russian pianist with a luxuriant tone ... found urgency in the flashy solo part." - Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, July 2011

Svetlana Smolina, pianoRussian Pianist

Born in Nizhny-Novgorod, Russia, pianist Svetlana Smolina has performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. Some recent notable solo appearances with orchestras include Mariinsky Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fischer Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Odessa and Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, with iPalpiti in Walt Disney Concert Hall, and numerous others. A frequent guest in the world's leading festivals, she has performed recitals in prestigious halls including Royal Covent Garden Opera, Mariinsky 3 Concert Hall, Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory Hall, Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Grand Artists Series in Tel-Aviv, Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome, and Vienna's Sacher Hall, to name just some. Dr. Smolina is DMA graduate from the University of Michigan. She has recorded for Decca/Phillips and with violinist Vadim Repin for Deutsche Grammophon in Berlin.

Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. 

"A diamond among voices"
Times of London

Slava Kagan-Paley


Slava Kagan-PaleyBorn in Belarus, Slava Kagan-Paley shares his home between Israel and Moscow. He made his debut in 1987 with the Leningrad Philharmonic as a soloist in Schumann's Requiem. With his vocal training completed at the Guildhall School in London, he has performed in recitals and operas in leading concert halls worldwide. His Ave Maria CD was the number one selling classical CD in Japan, and Vocalise won Grand Prix as "Album of the Year" in 1997. He has toured Israel, France, China, Russia - from recitals with pianist Boris Berezovsky to solos with orchestras to recording for Sony Epic.

Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Hausmann Quartet

Hausmann Quartet
YUAN CHANG cello                                                   
ISAAC ALLEN violin                     
                        BRAM GOLDSTEIN violin
                                               ANGELA CHOONG viola

Formed in the summer of 2004 at LyricaFest in New Jersey, the Hausmann Quartet joins San Diego State University as the 2010-2012 Resident String Quartet.


Aiana String Quartet

Aiana String Quartet
JILLIAN BLOOM cello                                                      
MARIO ANTON ANDREU viola                             
              HANNA HURWITZ violin
                                         ROSEMINNA WATSON violin

The Aiana String Quartet, winners of the 2011 Coleman-Barstow Prize for Strings at the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition, are the new Young Professional String Quartet at the University of Texas, where they are assistants to the Miro Quartet.

Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

"…an exceptionally talented young cellist and musician. He is heading for an important place in the world of music." renowned cellist Janos Starker

Francisco Villa, cello



Ecuadorian-Spanish cellist Francisco Vila's interest in new music has paired him in collaboration with Grammy-Award-winning composer Osvaldo Golijov and Grammy-nominated composer/classical guitarist Apostolos Paraskevas in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Recent appearances included Los Angeles County Museum of Art in a radio broadcast recital with pianist Luiza Borac, Carnegie Hall as a member of the New York String Orchestra directed by Jaime Laredo, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, and Walt Disney Concert Hall and Israel's Eilat International Music Festival with iPalpiti Orchestra of International Laureates. Upcoming performances include a recital at the Beaumaris Music Festival in Wales. Francisco studied under Janos Starker and Sharon Robinson, and chamber music with Menahem Pressler, at Indiana University. He now continues mentorship with Gary Hoffman in the Artist Diploma Program at the Queen Elisabeth Music School in Brussels.

Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Virtuoso Trombone & Flute Alumni
from the USC Thornton School

Ohtae Kwon, trombone

OHTAE KWON trombone

Born in Seoul, Korea, Ohtae Kwon embarked on a journey to study in the U.S. under full scholarship at USC. He was the principal trombonist of the Los Angeles Festival Orchestra, LA National Symphony, USC Thornton Symphony, and the Southern California Philharmonic. In 2009, he was accepted to the Artist Diploma program of the USC Thornton School of Music, the first brass player to ever be admitted to the program. Click here to watch Ohtae in a recent recital at USC.


Jenni Olson, fluteJenni Olson has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, New West Symphony, and the Pacific Symphony. She is currently principal flute with the Stockton Symphony and second flute with the Long Beach Symphony and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Jenni earned her BA from California State University, Stanislaus and her MM and DMA from the USC Thornton School of Music.

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