Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April Night this coming Monday, the 18th - with a special appearance of Helen Jane Long - sold out!


Dear friends, we are very excited that the L.A. Philharmonic's wonderful violinist Mark Kashper is making his first appearance at CU playing the gorgeous Franck Sonata, along with Kanae Matsumoto at the piano - a preview of their upcoming performance at Disney Hall. 

Our very good friend Jura Margulis, one of the finest Liszt players anywhere, is back in town to play the Mephisto Waltz and share his mad love for Wagner with his own transcription of the Funeral march from Gotterdammerung, a magnificent and moving farewell to the opera's hero, Siegfried. 

                             Jura Margulis  Natasha and Armen

Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor led Schumann to dub him "the Mozart of the 19th century," and it's still one of the most popular trios in the 21st century.  Performing the first movement, our trio consists of Natalia Margulis from the Madrid Opera Orchestra on cello, Radu Pieptea on violin, and Natasha Rubin-Marin making her CU debut on piano.

Helen Jane Long is a fast-rising classical, film and tv composer from the UK.  She is bringing a few friends from "across the pond" - Yuri Kalnits, violin, Jonathan Howells, violin, Katherine Jenkinson, cello, Nick Holland, cello - to join her at the piano as she performs selections from her latest album of lovely contemporary classical pieces, "Embers."  Among Helen's many musical accomplishments, she assisted on the film score for "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.  

       Embers       Helen Jane Long
One of the highlights of last summer's Bowl season featured the LA Phil playing Bernstein's West Side Story Suite in all its jazzy glory.  CU's Mikael Oganes together with John Astaire has come up with a dazzling version for piano and percussion that will have your toes tapping and fingeres snapping along like the Jets and the Sharks...  what a cool way to end the night! 

               Audience 2-7-11c
As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.  Please RSVP via Paypal. If you have problems with PayPal - don't wait - email us right away!  
We are most grateful to our supportive friends at Steinway Piano Gallery West Hollywood for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument.   


Classical Underground Showcase:


A Today, Los Angeles occupies a unique position as a leading center of the newly reborn and re-invigorated realist movement of contemporary American Art.  Marked by a staggering diversity of approaches, practices and aesthetic philosophies for understanding the reality of the visual world, a dynamic group of LA's top young talents is gaining wide recognition.

Among the most dangerous in this local and nationwide band of highly advanced figurative painters is artist Adrian Gottlieb. 

Dormir, oil on linen, 24" x 48"  

Successfully combining approaches of the Classical Masters with principles of Naturalist Tradition, Adrian's work bears a vivid, luminous quality in his multi-layer development of subtle yet thoroughly defined values, delivering cleanness of the unified form and a natural appearance, along with a somewhat detached contemplative tranquility in his imagery.

It is truly exciting to contemplate what damage this LA gang will inflict on the restive Art World!  

In ART we trust!

We are sold out!