Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 7th - Music and Art in the Studio

(and Potluck Party)
@ Alexey Steele Grand Atelier  @ 8 p.m.

A friend of Brahms said of his Clarinet Trio, "It is as though the instruments were in love with each other."  We can hear this romance for ourselves as  Uriel Vanchestein (clarinet), Evgeny Tonkha (cello), and Clara Cheng (piano) perform Brahms' Trio in A minor, op. 114.

We are excited to welcome the distinguished pianist and newly minted UCLA professor Inna Faliks to Los Angeles and Classical Underground, performing Beethoven's rarely heard Fantasy op. 77 (watch a video teaser here:  http://vimeo.com/36656346) and Rodion Shchedrin's brawny Basso Ostinato.

Our great friends of CU, violinist Moni Simeonov and pianist Pepi Pilobossian, return to play a movement of the glorious Franck Sonata and some rustic Bulgarian tunes, which he plays with an authentic and irresistible spirit like no else.

Young but already veteran performer Nicholas King continues his CU exploration of Liszt with the titanic Sonata in B minor, one of the touchstones of the virtuoso piano repertoire.
 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.  


We are most grateful to our supportive friends at

for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument
Model D, CD-551. 


Classical Underground Showcase 
Leonid Steele
and the Russian Academic Legacy
Having spent the last two weeks with my Dad in the hospital made me appreciate even more so what a fortune it is to have such a true giant among us. We talked about his days in the famed Repin Academy and about some key principles that made the school so incredibly strong.

The very particular and specific approach to seeing and comprehending the form that was developed through intense drawing study of the figure allowed its best students a remarkable stylistic versatility in painting evident throughout my Dad's illustrious career.

Those principles are more relevant than ever today as we witness the incredible resurgence, even if still underground, of a serious realism in the contemporary American Art.
It is a unique privilege to be part of such institutional memory.
directions to my "Grand Atelier" studio:  

please note that for convenience of cars not passing by while you are hanging outside, you will be entering from the first gate of the property on your left immediately before the building with columns begins, not second gate as before, then proceed to the big parking lot and walk into our building in the corner of Torrance and Main. 

405 South to the Harbor 110 South towards San Pedro; Exit Torrance Blvd., Turn Left at the Stop sign; Turn Left on Torrance Blvd /next light/; Continue pass Figueroa Ave, pass Carson Town Center North; 200 yards before next light /which is Main street/ make Left into a driveway to a large parking lot  and proceed to your right. Please note that the gate next to CU will be closed for safety.  The entrance is from the parking lot. The building is on the corer of Main and Torrance. 20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745