Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March Night This Coming Monday, the 21st - Sold out!

Dear friends, 

Our March Classical Underground program will journey from the 17th century to the 21st,through geography from Argentina to Armenia and the Spain of yesterday and today, with musical styles from Bach to Khachaturian to Navarro. 
We are very fortunate to have the finest interpreter of Argentine piano music living right here in LA, CU favorite Eduardo Delgado, who will play the rhythmically riveting first piano sonata of his compatriot Alberto Ginastera.

You may have seen him profiled on 60 Minutes and on KABC news the last time he played at CU, though most of us were probably not invited to hear his recent performance at Vice President's Joe Biden's house.  But it is always a very special occasion when Rex Lewis Clark shares his great love of music with us. Rex will play a Chopin Nocturne and his own arrangement of a Schubert Impromptu.

Bach's eternal works with their universal musical material have thrived as transcriptions for many instruments, and when his chorale preludes are played by virtuoso bassoonist John Steinmetz, you might believe that's what Johann Sebastian had in mind all along. What better way to celebrate one of mankind's greatest geniuses on his birthday, which is March 21st!

The timeless Armenian spirit brilliantly shines through the vibrant and lush themes of this nation's iconic composer Aram Khachaturian, and will be brought to life at CU by the wonderful musicians of Armenian heritage Aroussiak Baltaian, violin and Pepi Pilibossian, piano.  The duo will send us dancing into the night with some Gypsy violin by way of Spain, with Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen.  For a historic teaser, check out Pablo Sarasate himself way back in 1904:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABm7nMVyNh4

                                             o4-20-eduardo trio        

 Some of the most intensely romantic themes that Rachmaninoff ever wrote are packed into his cello sonata, more rightly called a sonata for cello and piano as the romantic splendor and virtuosic demands are shared equally... in this case between cellist Peter Myers, making his CU debut, and Ryan McCullough, who made a great impression at our last CU gathering.

Composer Oscar Navarro, who flew from Spain to be with us, will present his Jumper Clarinet arranged for French Horn and Piano, performed by Pablo Ortiz De Urbina and Harout Senekeremian. And finally, Harout will finish the evening with the super-virtuoso Sonatine by Charles-Valentin Alkan.        

Audience 2-7-11               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!   The full program and the list of musicians is in the post below. 

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 student of my beloved "Russian School" in painting from Erevan, Armenia, Vadim Zanginian is an art teacher and artist for whom interactions with classical music are just as important, from the standpoint of artistic execution or "form", as the subject matter or "content" in his work.
Aram Khachaturian
Aram Khachaturian, oil on canvas, 18" x 24"  
 In ART we trust!

We are sold out!