Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Extra: May 23rd special event - not to be missed!

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May Night  - Extra! 
this coming Monday, the 23rd @ 8 p.m. 

Music & Arts in the Studio  

May is "Cello Mania" month in LA with the Piatigorsky Festival bringing many of the world's greatest cello performers and teachers together in concerts, recitals and master classes centered around the instrument. With this abundance of great artistry in town,  Classical Underground is seizing the opportunity to  present a special bonus concert this Monday in celebration of the cello. 
We are honored to once again welcome the great international cellist David Geringas, returning to CU along with our dear friend and former Geringas student Evgeny Tonkha, the superb LA-based Hungarian cellist Laszlo Mezo, and more to be announced.

They will perform original works and arrangements for cello solo, duo, trio and quartet by  Bach, Handel, Couperin, Rossini, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Corigliano, plus a show-stopping 4 cello arrangement of Pirates of the Caribbean. 
It will be a night of soul-stirring introspection and exuberant virtuosity, not to be missed!
 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.   
Please RSVP via Paypal through our website by clicking on the button on top. 

We are most grateful to our supportive friends at
for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument
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Classical Underground Showcase

David A. Leffel, Portrait of David Kramer, 1977, oil on canvas, 30 x 25, collection of Cindy Kramer McSweeney 

Classical Underground is exceptionally proud to showcase the legend of American representational realism David Leffel with a preview of the groundbreaking retrospective exhibition of his work at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.
David Leffel is one of the lonely few great pillars that preserved the bridge of the representational tradition in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. David is certainly one of the most important influences for the entire powerful generational resurgence of realism in  contemporary American art at the beginning of 21st century.
"Leffel's powerful realism arises from his commitment to understanding and capturing the flow of light.  He does not paint things, but light falling and flowing over objects.  By treating light as a vital force, he gives his paintings the feeling that they are infused with life" said Michael Zakian, Director of the Weisman Museum.
The exhibition is the first major retrospective for the 84-year-old artist, who in the 1960s broke with mainstream abstraction by reviving the art of the Old Masters. Approximately 50 paintings from the past 50 years will be featured - showcasing portraiture, still lifes, and landscapes of this revered artist, author and teacher.
"I planned the David Leffel retrospective to follow immediately after an exhibition of work by Andy Warhol," said  Zakian.  "The parallels are fascinating.  They were born only a few years apart and both worked as commercial illustrators in New York in the 1950s.  The difference is that Warhol went on to reuse images from advertising to create Pop Art.  Leffel wanted an art of greater depth and substance and chose to dedicate himself to revive forgotten techniques and learn to paint like the Old Masters."
David A. Leffel: The Mastery of Light - A Retrospective
May 14 - August 7, 2016
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, Calif. 90263
in ART we trust!

20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745
Doors open at 7 p.m. No assigned seats - first come-first served.