Tuesday, May 31, 2016

June 6th Season's Finale - RSVP now!

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June Night  - Season's Finale! 

this coming Monday, the 6th
@ 8 p.m. 

It has become an annual tradition to close out the Classical Underground season with a rousing appearance by our mega-virtuoso friend Jura Margulis while he is in town, this time bringing a fantastic program including Schumann's beloved Kreisleriana, the Sonata Reminiscenza Op. 38 of Nikolai Medtner, and the stunning Islamey by Balakirev - a piece that separates the piano mortals from the superhumans in highly entertaining fashion.

Jura and Alissa  

Christopher Elchico made a memorable CU debut as part of the Los Angeles Saxophone Quartet.  We welcome him back to play solo in a piece called "Ku Ku" by Barry Cockcroft, plus the saxophone transcription of Saint-Saens' lovely Oboe Sonata, with Huyen Khanh Do on piano.

The Mendelssohn Trio #2 will be in excellent CU veteran hands with Anton Smirnov on piano, Evgeny Tonkha on cello, and CU newcomer (by way of UCSB) Dimitry Olevsky on violin.

Cuban-American pianist Antonio Iturrioz is in town to  perform at the Liszt festival this week at CS Northridge. Antonio became a noted specialist of the left-hand piano repertoire after injuring his right hand in a fall. Happily he has long fully recovered, but he still loves the repertoire and will perform left-hand works by Godowsky and Scriabin, in addition to good ol' two-handed Rachmaninoff preludes.
 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.   

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We are most grateful to our supportive friends at

for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument
Model D.


Classical Underground Showcase  

The resurgent representational movement is a stylistically wide-ranging field, marked by a diversity of visual  approaches and far from any single look.  There are various artistic branches that make it an exciting creative territory within contemporary art.
Our good friend Eric Merrell represents a fascinating branch that is rooted  in the venerated California Plein Air school, yet he is taking it in his own exciting direction. Following in the footsteps of a great California Plein Air painter and CU friend Daniel W. Pinkham, Eric approaches his canvases as poetry in compositional  organization of color masses. Eric is condensing his contemplative subjects -- be they nature's  vast expanses or intimate still lifes -- to their core overall forms, while delivering them in moment-specific color harmonies.
The key to this ability is Eric's rigorous plein air observation and the practice of a hardcore field painter with sharpened aesthetics.
In his compositional designs and arrangements Eric explores command of mood through skillful color harmonization and application of textures, making a significant step from plein air landscape and into a category of independent visual language.
It's a joy to observe the development of this exciting, dedicated and authentic young talent who proves himself time and again within the direction of his own artistic path.
in ART we trust!

20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745
Doors open at 7 p.m. No assigned seats - first come-first served. Potluck. Free Parking. Entrance from Torrance Blvd. gate - from the parking lot.   

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