Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Calendar of upcoming events outside of CU

Our dearest friends and music and art devotees,
Thank you for making our 3rd season such a success! While we are taking a summer break, we think you can indulge your art thirst at these wonderful and meaningful cultural events.

We also hope that you will be able to attend, or at least to contribute to the Benefit Concert on June 27, which is raising funds for Rex special music education. Most of you met Rex, and heard him play, we wrote his story about him on our website last year - http://classicalunderground.blogspot.com/2009/09/rex-lewis-clack-is-exceptional-14-year.html

* June 6, Sunday - Sonic Fusion Duo
* June 10, Thursday - Timur and The Dime Museum
* June 27, Sunday - Sam McElroy - Benefit concert for Rex Lewis Clark

June 6, Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Sonic Fusion Duo
Piano and percussion extravaganza
The Herbert Zipper Concert Hall
The Colburn School of Music
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012

Mikael Oganesian - piano
Alexander Singer - percussion

Sonic Fusion Duo is a piano and percussion duet by two outstanding award winning musicians pianist Mikael Oganesian and percussionist Alexander Singer. The Duo arranges and performs classical music ranging from Renaissance motets to contemporary film scores and African beats. While preserving the spirit and composition of the famous classical pieces the duo is adding new dimensions to familiar melodies making them contemporary and edgy. The result is an amazing new world of sounds. Sonic Fusion Duo's electrifying performances have captivated audiences of all types.

This concert you will hear Sonic Fusion Duo's arrangements of:
Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Stravinsky- Rite of Spring
As well as solo performances by both musicians.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students.
They can be purchased at the Duo’s website www.SonicFusionDuo.com or by calling 818-716-70-64 or at Zipper Hall one hour prior to the concert.

June 10, Thursday @ 7 p.m.
Timur and the Dime Museum
Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W. Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Operatic Vaudeville with a Bohemian Attitude
with Timur Bekbosunov, tenor; Daniel Corral, accordion; Matthew Setzer, guitar; David Tranchina, bass; Brian Walsh, clarinet; with special guests Cassia Streib, viola; Jennifer Lindsay, violin; Mary Au, toy piano and Alex Noice, guitar.

Blending a tenor's haunting vocals with cabaret-inspired reinventions of songs both old and new. Featuring selections by Russian Gypsy songwriter Vadim Kozin from the 1930s to songs by Radiohead, NIN and David Bowie, this eclectic performance will provide the eyes and ears with beautiful and slightly dark entertainment.

$7.00 Admission/Free to Library Associates

Purchase Tickets: http://www.lfla.org/event-detail/492/Timur-The-Dime-Museum
Directions: http://www.lfla.org/about/directions.php

Sunday, June 27, 2010 @ 6 p.m.
Sam McElroy, baritone. Rex Lewis-Clark Benefit Concert
Hollywood Forever, Masonic Lodge
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Imagine life in total darkness. Imagine life with extreme autism, and the endless restrictions this frightening condition imposes. Then imagine possessing an unfathomable musical genius, an ear so finely tuned it can memorize the great masterpieces on one hearing and reproduce them in minutes with the same hands that can not even fasten a button or tie a shoe lace.

Now meet Rex. Aged 14.

Rex Lewis-Clack does not need to imagine. His mind has been described by CBS's 60 MINUTES as ''an island of genius in a sea of disability''. He IS this extraordinary human being, a rare dichotomy in nature, a living cocktail of the entire gamut of human disability and extraordinary ability. He is one of the world's few living, musical 'savants'.


Sam McElroy, baritone, will sing a benefit recital in Rex's name, accompanied by the russian pianist Anastasia Nemirovich-Danchenko, with a special appearance and performance by Rex himself!

If you can not attend, but would like to make a donation of the ticket price, please do so, with our thanks. If you wish to attend the concert, please RSVP once you have purchased your ticket:

more info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=345149726108

Monday, May 17, 2010

May 17 programme

May 17, 2010
Where Arts Rule
Fine art showcase and classical music showcase with video and audio recordings.

We are most grateful to our supportive friends at Steinway Piano Gallery West Hollywood for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument.

Wise comments by music critic Laurence Vittes


Johannes Brahms, Quartet in g-minor, Op. 25 for Piano, Violin, Viola and Violoncello
3rd Mov. Andante Con Moto
4th Mov. Rondo Alla Zingarese

Yuliya Barsky (piano)
David Chernyavsky (violin)
Jonathan Moerschel (viola)
Natalia Margulis (cello)

Vincenzo Bellini "oh! quante volte" from opera The Capulets and the Montagues

Oxana Senina (soprano)
Anya Ivanova (piano)

Robert Schumann From: Albumbl├Ątter op. 124
1. Impromptu
2. Leides Ahnung
3. Scherzino
4. Valse
5. Phantasietanz
6. Wiegenliedchen

Toccata op. 7 in C major

Jura Margulis (piano)


Joseph Bodin de Boismortier Sonata in G Major, Opus 50 No 2

Armen Ksajikian (cello)
Natalia Margulis (cello)

Two songs by Chopin
Three songs by Vadim Kozin

Quiet Day

Timur Bekbosunov (tenor)
Eduardo Delgado (piano)

Frederic Chopin Ballade No. 2 Op. 38 in F minor (dedicated to Robert Schumann)
Polonaise Op. 53 in A-flat major (Heroique)

Jura Margulis (piano)


Classical Underground Fine Art Showcase


It is historically a rarest and most exciting experience in the art world to witness the development of a true artistic movement, particularly when it happens in an authentically underground, "unsanctioned" by the official establishment of the day manner. Yet, despite all the tribulations of our moment in time and maybe even because of them, this is exactly what we are fortunate to be part of today and especially here in LA.

Josh, oil 16" X 10"

Moroccan Friends, oil 36" X 24"

It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Ignat, a wonderful friend and one of the most promising "young guns" of the newly vibrant and current figurative realist art in America whose wonderful and thoughtful head studies in particular give a fresh and much-welcomed joy of reveling the act of a true art-making.

Steinway - D Sound of Classical Underground!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May 17 Classical Underground invitation

Dear friends,

At recent Classical Uunderground nights we have been so rarely fortunate to indulge in the close and intimate experience of some of today's most exciting musical treasures, mixed with some of the most exciting visual talent. Our last Classical Underground "Extra," with a great new friend Simon Trpceski right after his sensational performance at Disney Hall, still exhilarates and inspires.

Now a new great treat awaits us on May 17. Anyone who happened to share the last September concert with us knows what an exciting musical powerhouse our two-generation, longtime friend Jura Margulis really is. Yes, as part of our very special May lineup Classical Uunderground is welcoming back Jura, who comes from his esteemed academic position at the University of Arkansas to spend an evening with us. Part of the internationally storied Margulis musical family, Jura will share the night with his sister, Natalia Margulis, principal cellist with the Madrid Opera Orchestra. We also are very happy to greet our wonderful CU friend, violinist David Chernyavsky, who is coming just for this concert from San Francisco, where he is now with the San Francisco Symphony.

Also featured this evening are: Timur Bekbosunov (tenor), Eduardo Delgado (piano), Yuliya Barsky (piano), Jonathan Moerschel (viola), Oxana Senina (coloratura soprano), Anya Ivanova (piano).

Again we are most grateful to our supportive friends at Steinway Piano Gallery West Hollywood for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument.

As always - don't forget - it is a potluck party - bring your favorite food and drink!
Your PayPal payment is your reservation to the evening.

Jura Margulis has performed with the Russian National Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, the Montreal Symphony, the Prague Symphony, and at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and at Martha Argerich's festivals in Lugano, Switzerland and Beppu, Japan. He is Executive Director of the International Piano Academy in Freiburg, Germany, and Professor of Piano at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he swears it is indeed possible to get a fine cup of cappuccino.

Here you can view Jura's performance at CU last September:

Natalia Margulis makes a return visit to CU from Spain, where she is principal cellist of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid. When not accompanying the Madrid Opera, Natasha frequently plays in chamber ensembles throughout Spain and Europe, and has performed at the Verbier and Lugano Festivals.

David Chernyavsky returns to CU from his new gig up north as violinist with the San Francisco Symphony, having also been a member of the LA Philharmonic and The St. Petersburg String Quartet.

Eduardo Delgado, CU favorite, renowned performer of romantic and Argentinian piano repertoire, Prof. at CSUF. Will spend this summer performing in Argentina and Italy.

Timur Bekbosunov, a unique and fascinating tenor, has performed at Disney Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Long Beach Opera.

Founding violist of the famed Calder String Quartet, Jonathan Moerschel made his Boston Symphony Hall solo debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1997 after taking first prize in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Competition.

Yuliya Barsky, a frequent CU performer who elects to collaborate with chamber musicians in groups of two to six when not teaching piano in her studio.

Armen Ksajikian, has performed as principal or soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber, Opus Chamber and Hollywood Bowl orchestras, among others.

Oxana Senina, coloratura soprano, holds two Bachelor of Music degrees in both voice and cello from Chonkushov University and a Master's degree in voice from the Gnessino Academy in Moscow. This is her CU debut.

Anya Ivanova, classically trained pianist has quickly established herself as one of the busiest performers in the Los Angeles musical scene. Her involvement in the life of classical vocalists and theatrical community manifested in her collaboration with musical theater companies, acting studios as well working with seasoned chamber musicians in the Los Angeles area.