Tuesday, March 14, 2017

RSVP now for March 20th Music & Arts in the Studio

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March Night! 

this coming Monday, the 20th @ 8 p.m. 
Music & Arts in the Studio  


In the midst of March Madness, we balance the CU bracket with both Bruins and Trojans, as well as that basketball powerhouse, the Colburn School.

UCLA piano professor and commanding performer Inna Faliks will play Beethoven's last work for the piano, the concise, noble, and exquisite Bagatelles Op. 126, plus the bravura Mephisto Waltz #1 of Liszt.
Young Ukrainanian violinist Orest Smovzh, a student of Midori at USC, makes his CU debut with Bach's Partita in D minor for solo violin.
Camille Avellano has been a vital part of the LA Philharmonic string section since 1981 (and somehow during that stellar gig she also found time to be a violin professor at UCLA).  For her CU performance of Stravinsky's Suite Italienne she is bringing a special friend, pianist Liliana Cino, who in her off-keyboard time just happens to be LA's Consul General of Peru!  They will also treat us to Fritz Kreisler's arrangement of "Danse Espagnole" from De Falla's La Vida Breve. 
Our Colburn representative, Russian pianist and CU regular Anton Smirnov, will be joined by Ukrainian pianist Angelika Fuchs to tackle the delightfully jazz-inflected Sinfonietta for Four Hands by contemporary Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin.
And we invite you to please stick around for some late evening surprises!
Inna Faliks          


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Gutsul's Yard
""Gutsul's Yard" 1962, 41" x  55"  
My father Leonid Steele was a great embodiment of Russia's venerable cultural tradition of going "to the people." Like his cultural forebears, the artists of the famed "peredvizhnik" movement, he believed that the people from the far reaches of society, far away villages and factories, are the best and most important material for serious Art. He also believed that these very same people also are the ones who need the exposure to Art the most. He believed the vitality and necessity of Art shows itself in the clearest way in such context.
This belief resulted in my dad's continuous journeys away from big cities in his quest for true characters and subjects. This quest fueled his remarkable oeuvre  with humanistic representations of his era, and became a foundation for his iconic masterpieces of epic multi-figure paintings. In his travels throughout Ukraine, he produced the most compelling and heartfelt depictions of true people from Western, Central and Eastern regions, showing them as the same brotherly people despite all the differences that were painfully lurking under the polished surface of the Soviet Union even back then.  Dad believed that through affecting the people Art has a power to affect society, much as he believed in the ability of our common humanity to bridge all cultural and historic differences.
I grew up in the midst of the highest stage in my Dad transforming his great material into his most important works, and it left an indelible mark on me. I spent many months at a time accompanying Dad on his trips to the farthest villages as he would conceive, research and create his new works.
Dad's ideas and example became the blueprint for my current Love My Neighbor public art project in the City of Carson and for the works of My Neighbor Series at its center.
You can learn more about the project at www.lovemyneighbor.us  

Sproose Grouse.  Boiler Riveting Worker. The Wood Grouce

"Sproose Grouse.
Boiler Riveting Worker: The Wood Grouce (Gluhar)" 1958 53" x 39"

 "Friends" 1961, 52" x  35"
 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.   


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