Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April 27th Music and Art in the Studio


April Night  
this coming Monday,
April 27th @ 8 p.m. 

Music & Arts in the Studio

(and Potluck Party)
   
  
Our program this Monday, April 27 falls on the 100th anniversary of the death of the mystical, romantic Chopin of Russia, Alexander Scriabin.  In tribute, CSUN piano professor Dmitry Rachmanov will perform Scriabin's Piano Sonata #5 as well as some of his shorter gems.

We are happy to welcome LA Phil cellist Tao Ni, making his CU debut with veteran Harout Senekeremian on piano. They will perform Robert Schumann's delightful Five Pieces in Folk Style Op.102 and David Popper's Elfentaze Op.39

Our good friend cellist Evgeny Tonkha returns to CU with a new friend, pianist Anastasya Terenkova on piano. An international soloist and chamber musician, Anastasya's impressive musical pedigree began at the famed Gnessin School in Moscow and continued at the Paris Conservatoire.

Pianist Anna Sarkisova is returning to CU with a violinist Yueun Kim, who is making her CU debut with Brahms Sonata No. 3.  
  
     
 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. 
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We are most grateful to our supportive friends at
for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument
Model D.
  
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Classical Underground Showcase 
   


"The Grunion Hunters" oil on board 36" x 48" 
Figure and Color

Classical Underground is very happy to present the esteemed California plein air painter and passionate Undergrounder Stephen Mirich's new work "The Grunion Hunters". It is significant in a number of ways.
There are two great trends in California's serious contemporary representational art: a historically strong plein-air tradition, and a relatively recent classical figure movement.
California experience informs both venerable branches of the representational school. The strength of color tradition of the California plein air school informs the classical understanding of figure, while strong contemporary figurative representation influences the plein air approach, signifying the exciting phenomenon of this specifically Californian artistic "knowledge spill-over." Both trends inform each other, making them expand their boundaries and turning California today into the hotbed of a new representational movement.
Stephen's new work is an exciting example of such vibrant interaction. While successfully reconciling difficult coloristic problems, it ventures into capturing multiple figures embedded in moonlight. 


in ART we trust!
The doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.  Unassigned seating.  Directions and address are below:

405 South to the Harbor 110 South towards San Pedro; Exit Torrance Blvd., Turn Left at the Stop sign; Turn Left on Torrance Blvd /next light/; Continue pass Figueroa Ave, pass Carson Town Center North; 200 yards before next light /which is Main street/ make Left into a driveway to a large parking lot  and proceed to your right. Please note that the gate next to CU will be closed for safety.  The entrance is from the parking lot. The building is on the corer of Main and Torrance. 20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Save the date: April 27th!




Our March event  
Music & Art in the Studio 

Save the date!  
 
Monday, April 27th, 2015
 
 
Look for the email invitation next week,
or check back our website at that time 
March 23rd: The Argus Quartet
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March 23rd Music & Art in the Studio


Online reservations are now closed. 


March Night  

this coming Monday,
March 23rd @ 8 p.m. 


Music & Arts in the Studio

(and Potluck Party)
   
 



For our March program we are pleased to present for the first time the LA-based Argus Quartet (featuring Jason Issokson and Clara Kim - violins,  Diane Wade - viola, and Joann Whang - cello), who champion contemporary works in additional to traditional repertoire. They will play a new quartet by Grammy-nominee Eric Guinevan and commissioned for them thanks to a grant from Chamber Music America.
Pianist Danny Holt returns to CU with some Brahms Intermezzi and a work by LA classical and jazz composer Mike Garson (known also as a longtime pianist with David Bowie as well as No Doubt, Nine Inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins).
One of the most delightful CU debuts from last season was soprano Jennifer Lindsay, who returns with Arias from Gounod's Faust and Verdi's La Traviata, accompanied by Mary Au.

Mary will also accompany violinist Xika Huang in Schubert's violin sonata. 
Many are familiar with Marc-Andre Hamelin as one of the premiere performers of highly virtuosic piano repertoire, but he is undeservedly less well-known as a composer himself. Our "resident" virtuoso Harout Senekeremian is out to do something about that and will play Hamelin's Variations on a Theme of Paganini, as well as some preludes by Alexander Scriabin.    
     
 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

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

Steinway  

         
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Classical Underground Showcase 
   


George Carlson is one of the preeminent American representational artists of our time. Throughout his illustrious career, George has epitomized a kind of true Master rarely seen these days.
George possesses a unique Form Sense. This rare trained ability to grasp the dimensional subject in his mind opens the possibility to express form through various mediums. This is what gave the great Old Masters of Renaissance like Leonardo and Michelangelo their astonishing versatility.
Armed with such a sense, and not being limited to one particular technique or niche that many other even good artists might be exploiting their entire lives, George has left an equally important mark on both representational sculpture and painting.
Much like with giants of the Renaissance, the key to this seamless transition is a mastery of a very particular kind of dimension-focused figure drawing.  This is the secret to the unique and brilliant universality of his artistic perception that allows him to transfer his vast visual knowledge across different medium platforms, creating important contemporary works in all of them.
We are deeply honored to showcase this truly great living American Master.
Thank you to our good CU friends and artists Dan Pinkham and Tom Redfield for lending us George's magnificent works from their collections.


in ART we trust!
The doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.  Unassigned seating.  Directions and address are below:

405 South to the Harbor 110 South towards San Pedro; Exit Torrance Blvd., Turn Left at the Stop sign; Turn Left on Torrance Blvd /next light/; Continue pass Figueroa Ave, pass Carson Town Center North; 200 yards before next light /which is Main street/ make Left into a driveway to a large parking lot  and proceed to your right. Please note that the gate next to CU will be closed for safety.  The entrance is from the parking lot. The building is on the corer of Main and Torrance. 20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Save the Date: March 23rd



Our March event  
Music & Art in the Studio 

Save the date!  
 
Monday, March 23rd, 2015
 
 
Look for the email invitation next week,
or check back our website at that time 
February 16th: Tara Davison performing
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after the last event: with Martha Argerich  
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Please check your bulk folder, as many of you reported that you are not getting our emails.  We email everyone on the list!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
 
In ART we trust!    
  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February 16th Music and Art in the Studio

Online reservations are now closed.  



February Night  
this coming Monday,
February 16th @ 8 p.m. 

Music & Arts in the Studio

(and Potluck Party)
 


In honor of the day after the day after Valentine's Day, we have a hyper-romantic February program featuring a double-dose of Brahms, a hefty serving of Rachmaninoff, and some lovely transcriptions for voice and guitar.


With it's volcanic opening and surging, irresistible themes, young Brahms' Piano Sonata #2 is a touchstone of the romantic piano repertoire, and a perfect showpiece for UCLA's resident piano prof Inna Faliks.

 
Almost 40 years later came the Brahms Clarinet Trio, which he wrote after being so inspired by the playing of the virtuoso Richard Mühlfield that he came out of "retirement" in 1891 to compose for and perform with him.  Clarinetist Benjamin Mitchell will be joined by pianist Brendan White and cellist Michael Kaufman (Mühlfeld Trio). 

The talents of piano maestro Mikhail Korzhev are so vast that they must be shared amongst USC, Cal State Fullerton and Chapman College.  He will make his long overdue CU debut with Rachmaninoff's Sonata #2.

Those who stuck around for the CU "after-party" last time around were treated to the luscious sound of Tara Davison singing and accompanying herself on classical guitar. Now she returns to perform for everyone with Villa-Lobos' Cantilena from the Bachianas Brasleiras, plus her own transcriptions of songs by the mid-nineteenth-century mezzo/composer/salon queen Pauline Viardot.
    
 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.  
    


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We are most grateful to our supportive friends at
for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument Model D - CD345.
  

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 Classical Underground Showcase 
   


Ignat Ignatov is one of the most talented and dedicated artists of the newly emerging American figurative realism generation. In this very specific approach to ART it takes phenomenal effort to develop a phenomenal talent. The vast effort required to polish such talent to a level of serious artistic capability will not be necessarily supported by existing markets, which tend to favor easily digestible "commercial" fair. Certainly this enormous effort is not supported by the current post-modernist establishment. Elite artists like Ignat are pursuing a level of artistic perfection of which few are aware. This is why they push and expand the boundaries of human perceptional capabilities. This is why they make ART. Even the original modernists would be proud of what those few do now.

Basing their effort on classical tradition, they are making the next evolutionary step in aesthetic and perceptional development. I call this next step Novorealism. Some people call the period we are all part of Post-Contemporary.

As  evident in his figurative works' dedication to ever increasing artistic ability, it is just as important to note  Ignat's drive to put his expanding visual powers in service of the cause he believes in deeply. An ardent dog lover, he creates deeply heartfelt, poignant and compelling images of dogs in need of rescue. Here is where heart, mind and hand come together to give another evidence of Humanity. Go, Iggy!

  
   
Ignat Ignatov 
                                           
   
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The doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.  Unassigned seating.  Directions and address are below:

405 South to the Harbor 110 South towards San Pedro; Exit Torrance Blvd., Turn Left at the Stop sign; Turn Left on Torrance Blvd /next light/; Continue pass Figueroa Ave, pass Carson Town Center North; 200 yards before next light /which is Main street/ make Left into a driveway to a large parking lot  and proceed to your right. Please note that the gate next to CU will be closed for safety.  The entrance is from the parking lot. The building is on the corer of Main and Torrance. 20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December Holiday Night Dec 15th, Annual Toy Drive


The online reservations are now closed. You may pay at the door.  Please dress warm!
December Holiday Night  

this coming Monday, the 15th @ 8 p.m. 

Music & Arts in the Studio


Annual Toy Drive and Potluck Party


We are delighted to be part of the overdue U.S. debut of the esteemed Colombian pianist Teresita Gomez, who will give us a preview of her upcoming Dec. 14 recital at Old Town Music Hall to benefit Fundacion Unidas, on behalf of the underprivileged in her native Medellin.  For CU, Ms. Gomez will perform a selection of dances ranging from Bach (Partita #2) to Colombian composers Adolfo Mejia and Moises Moleiro. 
 
Coloratura soprano Delaram Kamareh has been making a beautiful noise on the local music scene since arriving from Tehran to study opera at UCLA, including in "Invisible Cities," the opera inventively staged at Union Station this year.  She will sing a wonderful variety of arias and lieder by Bach, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky and Vivaldi, accompanied on piano by Georgi Slavchev.
   
Georgi, a talented composer in his own right as demonstrated by his Etudes last year at CU, will also play two of his fantasies based on songs of Sting, and the introspective Fur Alina by the great Estonian composer Arvo Part.  Please listen to his performance of Chopin at CU last year.  
  
Cellist Peter Myers, a graduate of Colburn and USC and a prizewinner at chamber music competitions around the world, will perform songs of Benjamin Britten arranged for cello and piano, accompanied by Mary Au.
 


As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy, and the unwrapped toys for the children from the neighboring church.     
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We are most grateful to our supportive friends at Steinway Piano Gallery Los Angeles for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument Model D. 



Steinway
 
 
CU Showcase Exhibition:

Reexamining the tradition of figurative painting has been sweeping the Nation in the last decade. A growing group of young talents is choosing this venerated ART form as the perfect vehicle to express their contemporary experience.   

Aaron Westerberg is part of the new generation of California figurative painters.

Aaron grew up in San Diego.  It was a class in traditional life drawing that drew him to continue his art training.  He studied with Jeff Watts and attended the California Art Institute, where he himself later taught.

His work received the attention of such publications as Fine Art Connoisseur, Artist's Magazine and American Art Collector, and has been exhibited in fine art galleries throughout the United States and abroad.



Aaron Westerberg, oil on canvas 34 x 22 
   
In art we trust! 
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405 South to the Harbor 110 South towards San Pedro; Exit Torrance Blvd., Turn Left at the Stop sign; Turn Left on Torrance Blvd /next light/; Continue pass Figueroa Ave, pass Carson Town Center North; 200 yards before next light /which is Main street/ make Left into a driveway to a large parking lot  and proceed to your right. Please note that the gate next to CU will be closed for safety.  The entrance is from the parking lot. The building is on the corer of Main and Torrance. 20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745

   

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Save the Date - December 15th - our Holiday event and a toy drive

Save the Date

December 15th

Our Festive Wintery Night
right in time for the Holiday Season!
Music and Arts in the Studio
Holiday event, Toy Drive and Potluck

Look for the information next week!