Monday, June 20, 2011

Special! CU at the Levitt Pavilion of Pasadena - June 25th, Saturday

Classical Underground goes above the ground!

Special program at the Levitt Pavilion of Pasadena
June 25, Saturday at 8 p.m.
admission is FREE

bring your own food and your own chair!
85 E. Holly St., Pasadena, CA 91103 - the concert is in the Memorial Park


Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Trumpets in C Major

Courtney Jones - trumpet
Ilya Sergienko - trumpet
Mikael Oganes - piano

Alexander Scriabin: Etude Op. 8 No. 12 (Heroic)
Nikolai Rakow: Humoresque
Anton Rubenstein: Melody

Ilya Sergienko – trumpet
Mikael Oganes - piano

Sergei Rachmaninoff: “Oh, Cease thy Singing, maiden fair"
Sergei Rachmaninoff: " How fair this spot!"
Vincenzo Bellini: " Oh, quante volte!” from I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: "The Snow Maiden"

Oxana Senina – soprano
Diane Ketchie - piano

Niccolo Paganini: Variations on a theme by Rossini
David Popper: Polonaise de concert

Laszlo Mezo – cello
Steven Vanhauwaert - piano

Witold Lutoslawski: Variations on theme by Paganini for piano and percussion transcription by M. Oganes and J. Astaire
Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from Westside Story transcription by M. Oganes and J. Astaire

Mikael Oganes – piano
John Astaire - percussion

More info about the Levitt Pavilion of Pasadena

About the performers for June 25th

Courtney Jones, trumpet, an instant hit at CU, who frequently plays with the Golden State pops Orchestra, Southeast Symphony, MET LA Theater. Courtney completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy at UCLA.

Laszlo Mezo, cello, is winner of several International competitions, and is a member of the Pacific Symphony.  László has forged a career as a soloist, recitalist, master teacher and chamber musician. He performs extensively in Europe, Asia and America, appearing in countries such as Hungary, Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France, Brazil and Japan.

Mikael Oganes, piano - CU favorite, who in addition to his virtuoso performances, continuously surprises and dazzles with his incredible piano transcriptions of major symphonic works.

John Astaire earned his Doctor of Music degree in percussion and is currently active as a teacher and performer. His primary teachers included Gerald Carlyss and Kenneth Watson, under whom he also studied the Hungarian cimbalom. John has been a guest with several musical ensembles across the U.S., as well as a performer at the Cimbalom World Association's 2003 World Congress. 

Soprano Oxana Senina recently performed the role of Queen Tye in the Long Beach Opera production of AKHNATEN. Not only an accomplished singer but a fine cellist as well, Ms. Senina earned undergraduate music degrees in both cello and vocal performance at the Chonkushov University as well as a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Music Academy in Moscow.

Diane Ketchie is not only a concert pianist but is also an accomplished singer. Of her dual talents as displayed in the opera, Orpheus In Love, Bernard Holland of THE NEW YORK TIMES said, “I can think of no one in the popular, Broadway or classical world who could do all the things Diane Ketchie does and do them so well." In the past few years Diane has appeared in concert in over forty states. Ms. Ketchie is proud to serve on both the Vocal Arts and Keyboard faculty at CSU Northridge.

Ilya Sergienko, is a professional music performer, composer, arranger and producer, who loves to explore new artistic opportunities. Ilya’s bright talent and stage presence make both his solo and group trumpet performances memorable. Ilya’s repertoire and knowledge of styles is extensive.

Steven Vanhauwaert, piano. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his "impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique", Steven Vanhauwaert has garnered a wide array of accolades, amongst which the Maurice Lefranc award, the Rotary Prize, the Galiot Prize and the USC Concerto Competition. Steven performs frequently throughout Europe, the US and last year China, both solo and in chamber music groups. His performances are broadcast regularly on K-MZT, K-CSN, K-USC, WHKB, W-UOT, K-UAT and KLARA.