Wednesday, April 4, 2018

RSVP now for our April 9th CU -Music and Arts in the Studio!


Online RSVP are now closed.  We will be accepting cash payments at the door. Thank you!

April Night!  
this coming Monday, the 9th @ 8 p.m. 
Music & Arts in the Studio  
 
@ Alexey Steele Grand Atelier 
 
Special thanks to our unwavering founding patron
Rand Resources, LLC.      
Come to Classical Underground and add years to your life!  A study released last week claimed that regularly attending concerts increased feelings of well-being more than yoga, more than walking a dog, and could add as many as nine years to your life!  Ok, it was sponsored by a London rock concert venue (nothing was mentioned about the effects on your hearing), but we believe it!  And we guarantee that our April program will be life-enhancing.
 
First up, two trios, two centuries apart for piano, clarinet and bassoon, featuring Nadia Shpachenko on piano, Edgar Lopez on clarinet, and Judith Farmer, bassoon.  Mozart's "Kegelstatt" trio was originally composed for piano, clarinet and viola but is often transcribed for other combinations, as we will hear at CU.  230 years later, Gernot Wolfgang composed WINDOWS for exactly this relatively rare combination.
 
It is always a delight to welcome LA Philharmonic violinist Mark Kashper and pianist Meriette Saglie, returning to perform Antonin Dvorak's Romantic Pieces, Op. 75.
    Mark Kashper

     
   
               
 We also welcome the return of young USC violinist Leonard Chong, who will play the Fantaisie Brilliante on themes from Gounod's "Faust," Op. 20, by 19th-century violin virtuoso Henri Wieniawski.
 
And pianist Danny Holt brings an intriguing mini-program by relatives of great composers, starting with the great pianist Clara Schumann's Op. 20 variations on a theme by her husband Robert.  Then a taste of the talents of Mozarts Senior and Junior:  a sonata by Leopold, and a Polonaise by Franz Xaver, respectively father and son of Wolfgang Amadeus.


CU SHOWCASE 
 Natalia Fabia
 
"Ravenous" "96 x 60"
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Natalia Fabia is a uniquely authentic and genuine LA voice.
 
Much like herself, her characters, mostly women, are full of vigorous, assertive and unapologetic presence, perfectly comfortable in their unabashed and empowering sexiness.  She's got her theme, her purpose and her love of messing with paints.  Her work is a dazzling product of her own world, both truthful and imagined.

While finding her theme early on and receiving a fair share of recognition, Natalia did not end up simply recirculating it.  She  proved to be driven to constantly improve and expand her technical vocabulary.  Her deepened attention to alla prima and live painting brought a new level of expressive bravura to her work.

Natalia has been featured in Juxtapoz, New York Arts magazine, Hi Fructose, Art Ltd., and Angeleno Magazine. She was featured in LA Weekly's 2010 People Issue as one of "LA's 100" most fascinating people.

We are happy to welcome as our CU showcase this unique, dedicated and constantly growing artist.


 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.   

  Please RSVP via Paypal through our website by clicking on the button on top of this posting. 

   
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We are most grateful to our supportive friends at



for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument
Steinway
   
   

    We are grateful for a continuous support of our founding patron 
RAND RESOURCES, LLC.

  

In Art we Trust!
*******
20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745
Doors open at 7 p.m. No assigned seats - first come-first served. Potluck. Entrance from the parking lot.  Free parking.   

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Save the date - April 9th!

Our April Night  



Music & Art + potluck party    

Save the date!  

Monday, April 9th, 2018    

Look for the email invitation on Wednesday,  


    
                                      

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CU: RSVP now for February 26th Music and Art in the Studio

Online RSVP are now closed.

February Night!  

this coming Monday, the 26th @ 8 p.m. 
Music & Arts in the Studio  
@ Alexey Steele Grand Atelier

Special thanks to our unwavering founding patron
Rand Resources, LLC.      
 

We return from a brief winter break to find... it's still winter! Well, the groundhog did see his shadow this year.  As we are still having chilly nights, it may be chilly in the studio, so please dress warmly!  
 
To heat things up, the glowing sound of the City of Angels Saxophone Quartet returns to Classical Underground, performing works specifically composed for their combination: the delightful Petit Quatour pour saxophones by Jean Francaix, and "Addis Ababa" and "Montevideo" from Guillermo Lago's intriguing Ciudades.
 Steve Vanhauwaert  Evgeny Tonkha 



 
Rising Los Angeles opera, film, and rock composer Brooke deRosa brings a group of her songs, performed by mezzo soprano Nandani Sinha, who previously sang at CU as part of a Long Beach Opera preview.  Brooke (a fine soprano herself) will accompany Nandani on piano in Art Songs, Chances, Day follows Day, Goodbye Lullaby, and True Love.
 

And two of our stellar CU favorites, pianist Steven Vanhauwaert and cellist Evgeny Tonkha, will each take solo turns with works to be announced.

CU SHOWCASE 


 

  Alexey Steele:  "Mr. Lipsey." Sepia on fabriano  paper
 
Working on the "Love My Neighbor" public art project in the City of Carson's most difficult neighborhood, the notorious Scottsdale, is turning out to be one of my most rewarding artistic journeys.  The richness, authenticity and depth of the citizen models is a uniquely powerful foundation for the work of  my series.  It is amazing to see that I am virtually retracing the steps of my late father, the great Socialist Realist painter Leonid Steele.  What he was doing in the remote villages of Ukraine and cities of Russia in the days of the Soviet Union, I am doing today in contemporary America.   
 
I am also learning a lot.  Classical Underground is our 10 year exploration in the idea of Art which is based on clarity of intent: we do Art simply because we believe in it, and not for any other reason.  With my public art project in Carson, I am testing how this clarity of intent can become a tool of social action.  I am proud to see that in Scottsdale, Art is becoming a vital tool of the community's own turnaround effort, as opposed to being an agent of gentrification as we so often see.  
 
Here is the study for my new painting from the series.  Mr. Lipsey is from Mississippi.  He is 77.  He came to LA in 1972.  When he was just 6 years old, his Dad went to get food for him in pouring rain, got drenched and died of double pneumonia.  As Mr. Lipsey puts it, in 1947 Mississippi "antibiotics were too good for blacks." He recounted memories of segregation and brutal racism, including when Emmett Till's body was pulled out of the Tallahatchie River.  
 
Remarkable in his observations, as I began to develop the drawing at the middle of the last session Mr. Lipsey told me, "It's the first time I am seeing the real me." 
 
For more on the Love My Neighbor public art project check out our site: 

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 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.   







 Please RSVP via Paypal through our website by clicking on the button on the top of this post.  Online RSVP are now closed.

We are most grateful to our supportive friends at



for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument
Steinway  
   


    We are grateful for a continuous support of our founding patron 

RAND RESOURCES, LLC.

 

In Art we Trust!

 
20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745
Doors open at 7 p.m. No assigned seats - first come-first served. Potluck. Entrance from the parking lot.  Free parking.   



 

 


 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

RSVP now for December 18th Holiday Event and Toy Drive

Online reservations are now closed.
  
 
December Holiday Night!  
this coming Monday, the 18h @ 8 p.m. 

Toy Drive and Holiday Potluck!
Music & Arts in the Studio  
  

Special thanks to our unwavering founding patron
Rand Resources
, LLC.   
 
     
If smoky skies, relentless winds, and depressing fire reports have put a damper on your holiday cheer, come join us for our December Classical Underground program!  We promise it will warm your heart, but come dressed for a chilly December evening, even if it feels like summer in the daytime.
If you think you've seen pianist Alex Slobodyanik somewhere besides his appearances at CU, maybe you've been watching the latest season of The Americans.  As if it weren't enough to be a world class pianist, Alex has also been gaining recognition as an actor and filmmaker.  On this program he'll be performing a beautiful selection of Chopin etudes.
Los Angeles has been lucky to hang on to Roberto Cani, a wonderful violinist with top soloist and orchestral credits with leading orchestras around the world.  He came to LA to study with Abram Shtern at USC and stayed to become the concertmaster of the LA Opera. It's always a special occasion when he returns to Classical Underground.
The delightful soprano Jennifer Lindsay will sing a trio of stellar arias, accompanied by Mary Au on piano: Puccini's "Mi chiamano Mimi" from La Boheme, Verdi's "O patria mia" Aida, and Rossini "Bel raggio lusinghier" from Semiramide.
And our resident supervirtuoso Harout Senekeremian tackles the bluesy and rhythmically dynamic Nikolai Kapustin Sonata #12.
Happy holidays, everyone!
        
 Roberto
         Roberto Cani   
 Slobodyanik
         Alex Slobodyanik
Harout 
Harout Senekeremian
 
                 Jennifer Lindsay           Mary Au
                    
CLASSICAL UNDERGROUND SHOWCASE:

 
California occupies a special place within the contemporary realist movement in American Art. One of the fortunate reasons converging around the Southland is its venerable plein air tradition. Giving impulse to study the impact of color and light, it greatly expanded the palette of California representational artists, refreshing and modernizing the feel of their work. A uniquely Californian voice shaped by its plein air tradition is the artist Peter Adams.
His prolonged interest in mystical sensation delivered through expressive use of color gives his works a thoroughly individual and authentic presence, while making his landscapes in particular distinctly personal.
Peter also dedicated almost two decades of his life to raising the profile of the California Art Club, and as its president built it into one of the leading organizations dedicated to the support of representational art in the US.
We are very happy to showcase Peter's new work "Copper Canyon Falls; San Gabriel Mts."
Peter Adams
    Peter Adams "Copper Canyon Falls; San Gabriel Mts." 48" x 36" oil on panel  

 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.   

Please RSVP via Paypal through our website by clicking on the button above 

  
******


We are most grateful to our supportive friends at


for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument

   
Steinway  

   
    We are grateful for a continuous support of our founding patron 
RAND RESOURCES, LLC.

   
in ART we trust!

*******
20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745
Doors open at 7 p.m. No assigned seats - first come-first served. Potluck. Entrance from the parking lot.  Free parking.  
 
For more information on the event please go to classicalunderground.com

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

RSVP now for November 13th CU

Online reservations are now closed.
  
November Night!
this coming Monday, the 13th @ 8 p.m. 

   
Special thanks to our unwavering founding patron
Rand Resources
, LLC.   
 


 
Acclaimed contemporary pianist and multiple-Grammy nominee Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman returns to CU with the Piano Sonata #6 of Yuri Ishchenko, a key figure of contemporary Ukrainian music.  Plus a curious gem by Tchaikovsky contemporary Antonin Arensky: his own transcription of his cantata, The Fountain of Bakhchisaray.

Guitarist and composer Donovan Butez will play a selection of his own works, joined by fellow guitarist Bryan Fasola, violinst Mann-Wen Lo, and Shaul Kofler on cello.

Our wonderful cellist Evgeny Tonkha and the brilliant pianist Alex Slobodyanik get together for Romances of Schubert and Rachmaninoff, and guitarist Omar Torrez joins Evgeny in an arrangement of Schubert's Arpegione Sonata.

Virtuoso clarinetist James Hodges and pianist Hee Jung Ju will play an arrangement of Sarasate's ever-popular Carmen Fantasy, based on themes from the Bizet opera.


 
Nadia Shpachenko  
              

                    
CLASSICAL UNDERGROUND SHOWCASE: 


It is a distinct pleasure to showcase a long time close friend, stalwart Classical Undergrounder, and very influential contemporary representational California school painter Daniel W. Pinkham, a.k.a "The Big Pink".

Dan's aesthetic influence and reach have few equals. A determined pioneer of the California plein-air revival in the 70s-80s, he was a star student of an important Ukrainian painter who resided in California after WWII, Sergei Bongart. The deep connection to the Kiev school of painting -- where I was born and where my Dad spent the most significant portion of his career -- was among many things that created a very special connection between Dan and my Dad and me. That, and of course his famous/infamous storytelling!

The painterly beliefs that Dan inherited from Sergei and deftly developed are specific and effective. Sophisticated color harmonization and balancing that comes out of a narrow tonal range replacing more common tonal contrasting, all coupled with simplified, efficient and primal shaping of main color masses. This core approach that stands apart from often seen artificial gimmicking, results in Dan's unmistakable and authentically personal style of painting.

To achieve this goal, Dan practices the very heart and soul of the plein-air process. He rapidly captures the essence of what he is looking for on location, choosing and extracting what is of most importance to him -- all the tonal, coloristic and compositional qualities that lie firmly outside of photo-technological capabilities. He then brings those visual notations of his in-the-moment sensory-cognitive process to the studio, where they are examined, and the ones presenting the greatest opportunities and aesthetic interest are further developed in larger sizes.

In our showcase, we are presenting examples of Dan's field studies, as well as a comparison of how one of them is developed into a final work of singular artistic importance.
Go, Dan, go!

Daniel Piknham "Stillness. Studio Version" 36" x 30" oil on canvas 

 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.   

RSVP through the Paypal button on the top of this page.



  
We are most grateful to our supportive friends at

for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument

   
Steinway  

   

    We are grateful for a continuous support of our founding patron 
RAND RESOURCES, LLC.

   

in ART we trust!
*******
20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745
Doors open at 7 p.m. No assigned seats - first come-first served. Potluck. Entrance from the parking lot.  Free parking.  
 
For more information on the event please email to classicalunderground@yahoo.com
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

RSVP now for the Opening Night - October 9th!

Online reservations are now closed. 
  

October Night!
The 10th Season Opening!!!   

this coming Monday, the 9th @ 8 p.m. 


   
Special thanks to our unwavering founding patron
Rand Resources
, LLC.   
  

  
The tenth anniversary season of Classical Underground is here!   Thank you to all the musicians, artists, our sponsors Steinway and Rick Rand, and especially you, the audience, for making our monthly celebration of music and art possible.
We are pleased to welcome the distinguished Portuguese pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro in his debut appearance at Classical Underground, performing Mussorgsky's monumental piano suite, "Pictures at an Exhibition."  Conceived as musical illustrations of works featured in a memorial exhibition of the composer's dear artist friend Viktor Hartmann, who died suddenly at the age of 39 in 1873, perhaps no work better exemplifies the inspirational cross-pollination of music and art that we aspire to at CU.

 
Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro
 
                                                      Elena Mindlina
Also appearing for the first time at CU is Russian-born American-trained soprano Elena Mindlina along with our friend from CSUN, pianist Dmitry Rachmanov, performing beautiful romances.  In a recent review Elena was praised for her "sophisticated musicality, and outstanding artistic talent that transformed each song into a dramatic scene." 
Our dear friend Eduardo Delgado is barely in town for long these days, having just returned from a summer of festivals in Italy and about to depart for concerts in Japan and China and overseeing a piano competition in Thailand... luckily he has just enough time to stop by the studio to share Schumann's Fantasiestucke, op. 12.
Violinist Philip Vaiman makes a long overdue return visit to perform Astor Piazzolla's "Histoire du Tango" with guitarist Kenton Youngstrom.
And to cap things off, more Piazzolla with CU favorites Evgeny Tonkha on cello, Anton Smirnov on piano, and CU newcomer David Lisker on violin, performing "The Seasons."
                    
CLASSICAL UNDERGROUND SHOWCASE: 


Flowers, 2016, oil on linen, 22 x 20
It is a special pleasure to showcase at the opening of our 10th CU season Patricia Watwood. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Patty is one of the nation's landmark artists of the contemporary classical movement. Her subjects are primarily women and figures, often using allegory and mythic imagery depicting timeless human essence within the contemporary experience. 
Patty's work has been exhibited at the Beijing World Art Museum, The Butler Museum, St. Louis University Museum of Art, The New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Forbes Galleries, among others. She has produced instructional DVDs including "Creating Portraits from Life," with Streamline Art Video, and is a featured art instructor with Craftsy.com. She has an MFA from New York Academy of Art, and was a founding member of the Water Street Atelier. 
More info at patriciawatwood.com 
  
 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.   

 

Online reservations are now closed.  


  
******

We are most grateful to our supportive friends at
for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument

   
Steinway  
   


    We are grateful for a continuous support of our founding patron 
RAND RESOURCES, LLC.

   
in ART we trust!
 
  
*******
20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745
Doors open at 7 p.m. No assigned seats - first come-first served. Potluck. 
Entrance from the parking lot.  Free parking.  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Save the date: October 9th - Opening Night - 10th Season!

Opening Night - 10th Season! 

Music & Art + potluck party  

Save the date!  
 
Monday, October 9th, 2017   

Look for the email invitation next week,  
or check back our website at that time 
    
 
                           
Please also check your bulk folder, as many of you reported that you are not getting our emails.  We email everyone on the list!

Sponsored by:  
 
Steinway
 
in ART we trust!