Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Our November night - this coming Monday - the 5th!

November Night
Music & Art + potluck party

this coming Monday
 , the 5th @ 8 p.m.   

Dear friends,

ART is always a good vote!


On Election Eve, Monday 5th, escape all the chatter of pundits, all the political posturing and jockeying to contemplate our turbulent times and the importance of your choice.  Let timeless ART in Music and Image touch your heart and mind and giv'em strength to make that good vote.


Eduardo Delgado 

Fresh from performing with the great Martha Argerich in Argentina, our dear friend Eduardo Delgado will play Mozart's Piano Sonata in A minor, K.310.


Elicia Silverstein
Elicia Silverstein

Violinist Elicia Silverstein made her CU debut back in April with a Mozart Trio.  She returns this evening  to perform solo: the Bach Sonata #1 in G minor for solo violin.
  Kirill GliadkovskyAnna Nizhegorodtseva
                  Kirill Gliadkovsky                     Anna Nizhegorodtseva         

Appearing at CU for the first time are two Russian pianists performing Russian repertoire. Kirill Gliadkovsky comes to CU by way of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and our own USC, and playing around the world with important conductors and orchestras. He will be performing Taneyev, Medtner, and Rachmaninoff.  Rising young talent Anna Nizhegorodtseva will perform an excerpt from Prokofiev's intensely virtuosic Piano Sonata #7. 

 Victor de Almeida Harout                          
             Victor de Almeida                                Harout Senekeremian
Returning to CU, but for the first time as a duo, violist Victor de Almeida and pianist Harout Senekeremian will perform Concertpiece by Georges Enesco. 

  Courtney Pepi
              Courtney D. Jones                                 Pepi Pilibossian  

Finally, trumpet virtuoso Courtney D. Jones, who never fails to bring down the house, will perform his arrangement of Purcell and Gershwin (there's an eclectic pair!) with CU and YouTube sensation Pepi Pilibossian on piano.
Whether it's a wrath of nature or a wrath of politicking, let's celebrate the eternal   
life - force of humanity that overcomes it all!

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!  

Sold out!


We are most grateful to our supportive friends at

for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument. 
On November 5th we will have CD213 -
their newest C&A piano to the group of concert pianos.


Classical Underground Showcase:    
Adam  Miller     

Adam Miller          

  "Among The Ruins" 79" x 57" oil on canvas   

We are privileged to welcome for November's CU showcase one of our East Coast "brothers," a wonderful New York artist Adam Miller.  

It is so exciting to see how the young generation of some of the most promising American artists is resolutely making Realism grounded in a classical tradition the language of choice in expressing our modern thoughts, views and feelings. With strong influences of Baroque and Mannerist masters, Adam's classically inspired imagery carries a strong sense of unabashed Romanticism.

Today, as we experience dramatic change in the flow of global events, and rapid shifts in the ways society used to function through the last century, the Romantic notion of the liberating of the Personal is once again destined to shift the course of cultural history through the work of this great new generation.

Adam's intriguing works will be presented by Copro Gallery in Bergamot Station in the exhibition titled "Among The Ruins".

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 10, 8:00 - 11:30 p.m.

  exhibit runs November 10 - December 1 , 2012

"Among the Ruins looks at different family's existing in a post industrial world looking back at what appears to be the remnants of a time of great expansion and strength from a distance after the machinery of state has collapsed. The new hope represented by their children exists against the darkness of the scattered corpse like remnants of their world. But as the darkest day of winter is also the beginning of the suns return these families are the first to begin rebuilding their society and planting new crops" - describes the gallery Adam's work.   


As Bob Schieffer's Mom said "Go Vote, it makes you feel big and strong"     
In ART we trust!    

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

We are in our 6th season! October 1st - opening night!

 Welcome to the first concert of our SIXTH season!

The summer has flown by like Endeavor on a 747, and suddenly it is not only fall, not only October, but the start of Classical Underground's sixth season.  Our heads are spinning but somehow a fine program has come together, with a distinctly eastern-European timbre.  

Musica Vitale  

Musica Vitale 

Musica Vitale is a choral group devoted to unjustly neglected a cappella chamber music of the 19th and 20th centuries -- in our case, works by Georgy Sviridov and Sergei Rachmaninoff.   Something new to CU and sure to be a glorious sound!  

Rufus Choi 
Rufus Choi 

Hometown pianist Rufus Choi's star has been rising since he won the first Jose Iturbi International Competition.  He makes his CU debut performing Haydn Variations and Ravel's  La Valse, evoking the decadence of turn-of-the-century Vienna.  

  Laszlo Mezo
 Laszlo Mezo    
Returning to CU, Hungarian cellist Laszlo Mezo will perform the solo cello sonata of his compatriot composer, Zoltan Kodaly.         
  Moni         Geori Slavchev 
Moni Simeonov                                   Georgi Slavchev     
Pepi   Yoshika Masuda

 Pepron Pilibossian                                   Yoshika Misuda        

Offering more Ravel but of an entirely different color, CU faves Moni Simeonov (violin) and Pepi Pilibosian (piano) will play his Hungarian-themed Tzigane. Moni returns with pianist Georgi Slavchev and cellist Yoshika Masuda to perform a few movements from Ravel's ravishing Piano Trio. 

Ambroise Aubrun  Anna Sarkisova
Ambroise Aubrun                               Anna Sarkisova 
With USC thus represented, we must offer some UCLA talent for balance!  Also making their CU debuts, violinist Ambroise Aubran and pianist Anna Sarkisova will play an excerpt of Brahms' Sonata #3 (which, stretching our eastern theme, debuted in Budapest with Brahms at the piano).  

As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy. Please RSVP via PayPal above. If you have problems with PayPal - don't want - email us right away! 

for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument. 
On October 1st we will have CD213 - their newest C&A piano to the group of concert pianos.



Classical Underground Showcase:    
TONY PRO        

We are proud to showcase “El Comico Divino”, a magnificent and important work by a great friend, LA artist Tony Pro. This masterful painting represents a mile-stone in Tony’s creative search, reconsiders the idea of Beauty and transforming it into an engaging and forceful visual statement.
It is enormously exhilarating to feel how LA is boiling with new ideas at the moment. With soul-searching questions about the future direction of the art world appearing almost daily from its various corners, our notorious LA gang  --  in a resurging realism of our time which I call NOVOREALISM -- is making itself heard and felt with ever-rising force.

Tony Pro  
Tony Pro "El Comoco Divino"

Over the summer, the venerable American Artist Magazine published a big article on our movement. My brothers-in-ART and ardent Undregrounders Jeremy Lipking, Tony Pro and myself just had an exciting three-hour presentation of our ideas at one of the year's most anticipated realist-artist's gatherings, The Weekend With The Masters. The Representational Art Conference held by California Lutheran University in just few weeks has invited us to discuss the same topic.

It is also exciting to see our East Coast brothers resolutely making Realism grounded in tradition a language of choice in expressing our modern thoughts, views and feelings. A perfect example is an "Empire" exhibition of new works by New York artist and friend Martin Wittfooth at the edgy, provocative and forward-looking Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City.

"Envisioning the familiar with the foreign, the paintings portray 'empire' as a dream in mythical repetition. The past becomes a painterly vision of a global psyche, lucid in theme, vibrant with tonality and color" - the gallery describes Martin's work.
The show runs through October 6, so don't miss it!


Art exhibit Martin Wittfooth  
In ART we trust!   

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

CU “ALL-STAR” SEASON FINALE MONDAY APRIL 9 - Music & Arts in the Studio + Potluck Party

We are sold out!

 As our CU family is due to greatly expand in May, we are celebrating our last concert of the season a bit early, with a brilliant lineup of Classical Underground star performers.

We are so fortunate to have Eduardo Delgado as a frequent guest, for there is no finer performer anywhere of the Argentinian repertoire -- on this occasion works by Carlos Guastavino, Alberto Ginastera, and Eduardo's show-stopping favorite, "Adios Nonino," by Astor Piazzolla.  

With hands that remarkably resemble the great master's own 12-note spanners -- and not forgetting a musical lineage of the highest Russian tradition that he is in turn passing on through his International Piano Academy in Freiburg -- Jura Margulis is uniquely gifted for playing the virtuoso repertoire of Sergei Rachmaninoff.  For CU, he will perform a selection of Rachmaninoff's op. 23 and op. 32 Preludes, the height of late Romanticism from the dawn of the 20th century.

Jura Margulis  
Jura Margulis

Returning to CU after too long an absence, crowd favorite violinist Moni Simeonov will perform Brahms along with CU newcomer Jiayi Shi on piano, a frequent partner of Moni's great teacher Midori.

 Moni Simeonov
Jiayi Shi

                Jiayi Shi 

In February we were delighted by the CU debuts of pianist/composer Anna Drubich and the terrific cellist Evgeny Tonkha.  Joined by violinist Elicia Silverstein, they cap the season with a deliciously diverse pair of trios from Mozart and Piazzolla.  

Evgeny TonkhaElicia Silverstein Anna Drubich
Evgeny Tonkha, cello          Elicia Silverstein , violin       Anna Drubich, piano    

As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.  Please RSVP via Paypal above. If you have problems with Paypal - email us right away.



We are most grateful to our supportive friends at

for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument.  


Classical Underground Showcase:    

It is an honor and a privilege to showcase one of California's legendary realist painters, John Asaro. It is hard to overstate the importance of this unique artist to a resurgence of California Realism, as well as to the development of an entire new generation of today's leading California figurative painters to whom he served as inspiration, encouragement and an example in contrast to the largely aesthetically hostile art scene of a seemingly long gone "modernist domination" past.

John Asaro
John Asaro
 51 x 72 in

In the trajectory that saw one of the Golden State's eminent artists transforming from a long career in "genre scenes" into what the artist describes as "figure portrait arrangements," it seams that John's deep interest in exploring the coloristic effects of an intense California sun transformed into an equally intense desire to "re-construct" the figure out of a violent clash of bold colors and gestural lines, stark flat almost electric backgrounds, and the tonally rendered forms of human flesh through a shear force of a dynamic brushwork.

John's work stands as a great example of the enduring powers of Realism as a human visual language, as well as the boundless possibilities this remarkable language presents to an ever-restless mind.
In ART we trust!