Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March Night Music & Art + potluck party this coming Monday, the 25th @ 8 p.m.

Dear friends,       

OK, LA is not Siberia...but after an unusually chilly winter, Classical Underground is ready to celebrate the arrival of Spring with an eclectic program of interesting new repertoire and classical and romantic favorites.
Anton Smirnov 
Anton Smirnov

A star was born at our last concert when young pianist Anton Smirnoff made his CU debut with a rollicking rendition of Stravinsky's Petrushka.  Anyone who was there will be thrilled that this highly impressive Colburn student is returning to play works of Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Prokofiev, before he heads off to the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels.

Eduardo Delgado
Eduardo Delgado
Our dear friend Eduardo Delgado is renowned for the Argentinian piano repertoire, but it is really Bach and the romantic composers that are closest to his heart. He will perform one of Bach's sunniest works, the Italian Concerto, as well as Mendelssohn's Variations Serieuses.

Moni Simeonov                                     Pepron Pilibossian 

CU favorite Moni Simeonov occasionally favors us with rarely-heard (here, anyway!) gems of Bulgarian composers, and he continues that exploration with the great Pancho Vladigerov's Chant and Vardar, accompanied by fellow CU regular Pepi Pilibossian on piano.
Evgeny Tonkha
Anna Drubich
Evgeny Tonkha                                          Anna Drubich
Another duo quickly becoming CU faves are cellist Evgeny Tonkha and pianist/composer Anna Drubich.  They will perform works of Granados, De Falla, Piazzolla, Popper, and one of Anna's own compositions, "Night Song."

Ben Lulich  
Ben Lulich
Continuing on that note, because Spring is time to celebrate LIVING music, Pepi returns with Ben Lulich, the wonderful clarinetist of the Pacific Symphony, to perform the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano of Easley Blackwood, a still living, still teaching composer at the University of Chicago.  

Although the weather is expected to be warm, the nights are still cool, so please dress warmly! 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 is proud to showcase a new painting by Christopher Pugliese

"Mother Earth" oil on canvas 80" X 76"  

  Mother Earth       

  "Mother Earth" 80" x 76" oil on canvas   

A New York painter, Christopher Pugliese is one of the leading masters of a newly emerging movement in Contemporary American Art that I call NOVOREALISM. Uniting a group of young figurative painters, it reflects a collective artistic search at the end of post-modernism toward a different expressive language -- marked by a command of classical form, highly developed tonality and realist life-like colors as a vehicle of expressing the current state of sensibility and attitude towards dramatic shifts in our society. Christopher is a rarity among contemporary representational figurative painters, capable of conceiving and successfully executing a large-scale thematic composition combining multiple plastically-connected figures filled with movement -- a task similar in its overriding complexity of artistic and technical challenges to climbing Mount Everest, and requiring uncompromising life-long dedication.

Christopher recently had the honor of a retrospective solo exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art and is a subject of its accompanying catalog.

"Mother Earth" represents Christopher's most recent find on this exciting, continuous high road, and I am particularly excited welcoming such an extraordinary contemporary artist and brother-in-ART.


In ART we trust!