Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Season's Opening! October 6th Music & Arts in the Studio RSVP open

Season's Opening!
October Night  

this coming Monday,
October 6th @ 8 p.m. 

Music & Arts in the Studio

(and Potluck Party)

The thermometer may disagree, but the calendar says it is finally fall and time for the opening concert of the 7th season of Classical Underground.   If you've ever found yourself saying, "You know, I love CU but they just don't have enough woodwinds"...well, this is your night!

First we have the glorious sound of four saxophones together: the fabulous City of Angels Saxophone Quartet returns to Classical Underground to perform two movements of the lush Ravel String Quartet, and then for something completely different, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2...which, if you recall Tom & Jerry (or Cziffra if you're an especially Classy Undergrounder), imagine what a hoot that will be on saxophones!


In addition to mind-blowing reed transcriptions, we also have a rare performance of the Poulenc Sonata for Two Clarinets, featuring our resident clarinet virtuosos Leo Chelyapov and Uriel Vanchestein.

There is no finer proponent of the piano works of the Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera than our querido amigo, Eduardo Delgado.  Last Sunday he blew the roof off the concert hall with his performance of "Danzas Criollas" at his "farewell recital" (which thankfully is only a farewell to being a professor at Fullerton, and not to performing or teaching!).  We have asked him to reprise that performance, as well as Haydn's lovely Variations in F minor.
Also no stranger to CU audiences, the fine cellist Evgeny Tonkha returns with pianist Anastasia Nemirovich-Danchenko to play a group of dances and elegies by Albeniz, Faure, William Squire, and David Popper, along with a work by contemporary LA composer Juan Colomer, "Realidades Disipadas."
Eduardo Delgado  
 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-587.


Classical Underground Showcase 

 It is an extreme pleasure to open our season with showcasing one of my favorite contemporary figurative artists - the sculptor Alicia Ponzio. Strong sculptors in many ways are even more rare than strong painters, and Alicia without any doubt possesses a rare strength of three dimensional mastery. Her heads and figures are imbued with a rare nowadays Form Sense and truly musical plasticity of movement.
If that was not enough, Alicia bravely tackles something specifically important to my own understanding of what constitutes the ultimate challenge and excitement in our ART form: a multi-figure composition. As I saw Alicia's magnificent "Lingering Shadows" at California Art Club's last Gold Medal Show, I was struck by the seriousness and depth of all her visual decisions masterfully weaving in space the three glorious figures. Force and Grace - what could ever be better to experience.  

Despite all conformist perils, there is some true ART being made within newly emerging post - contemporary cultural terrain!
  Alicia Ponzio
  Alicia Ponzio - The Lingering Shadows 
In art we trust! 
20795 Main Street, Carson, CA 90745

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