Saturday, May 14, 2011

May Night this coming Monday, the 16th - with LA Phil Piano Trio! - SOLD OUT!

Dear friends, we are thrilled to have an astonishingly impressive power trio making their CU debut this month, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Piano Trio:  Martin Chalifour, esteemed concertmaster and frequent solo violinist of the LA Philharmonic, Peter Stumpf, principal cellist of the LA Philharmonic and devoted chamber player, and Joanne Pearce Martin, principal keyboard master of the LA Philharmonic, will perform the magnificent Brahms Piano Trio #2 -- a preview of their upcoming concert at Disney Hall.

LA Phil Piano Trio  

The Angeles Saxophone Quartet makes a delightfully convincing musical argument for their instruments' place in the classical world.  Their playing of romantic and contemporary sax quartets will blow away thoughts of John Coltrane and Charlie Parker and leave you wondering why we don't hear more classical sax!

The Angeles Saxophone Quartet 

Also making his CU debut, international concert pianist and Naxos recording artist Markus Pawlik will perform Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata.

 Marcus Pawlik

Most people who hear the name "Davidov" think of the Stradivarius cello now played by Yo-Yo Ma that famously used to belong to Jacqueline DuPre.  It got that name because it also used to belong to the Russian Karl Davidov, the greatest cellist of his day. A contemporary of Tchaikovsky, Davidov was an occasional composer and we will hear one of his rarely performed gems, the Concert Allegro, played by our young virtuoso Xian Zhuo, with Mary Au on piano.

For all the greedy pianists who wanted the drop-dead gorgeous melody from Rachmaninoff's cello sonata all to themselves without having to share it with a pesky cellist, the super-virtuoso pianist Arkady Volodos created a solo transcription which our own super-virtuoso, Harout Senekeremian, will very generously share with us. 


                                       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

for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument.  



Classical Underground Showcase:

An Unveiling of a new paining by Jeremy Lipking

We are enormously excited to showcase the newest work of a diehard "undergrounder" and one of the "official" CU painters in our notorious LA Art gang, our great friend Jeremy Lipking.    


"Flor de Muertos" 40" x 70" oil on canvas   

Jeremy is one of the leading forces in today's "Post Post-Modern" stage in contemporary American Art, the movement I call NOVOREALISM. One of the most successful and influential painters of his generation, his greatest strength perhaps is in declining to simply repeat what worked before, but to constantly explore and to expand his visual language.

Jeremy's new work is a formidable example of that search. Combining sophisticated tonal range with a delicately harmonized yet strong color rendition brings a visceral sense of glow to his austere compositional shapes, punctuated by a confidently rendered and moody figure with the edge of her black scarf emphasizing the features of the obscured sorrowful face. The energetic and fresh impasto foreground is anchored both visually and emotionally by the two empty bottles.

Jeremy's "Flor de Muertos" is a great testimony to the broad possibilities of true realism applied to seriously conceived thematic figure work, something that I think of as the most exciting frontier in our great contemporary movement.
in ART we trust!