Mid-Week Recital Series

Presented by Dr. James E. Smith, Music Director, the Mid-Week Recital series is held January – May on the second Wednesdays of the month (subject to change.)  Recitals begin promptly at 12:10 p.m. and are followed by a reception with the artists.  Fill out the form below to be added to the Music, Theater, Arts email list to receive information on upcoming events in those categories.  

2020 Recitals:

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January 8, 2020 – David Childs, baritone (view recital video below)

David Childs is a baritone who specializes in Jewish Music. He holds a degree in Vocal Performance from UCLA and is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival. David’s past musical endeavors include singing solo roles with several performing groups: Guild Opera, Pacific Opera Project, Aspen Opera Center, & LA Chamber Orchestra. In 2017, David performed a recital with pianist Mark Robson as part of Boston Court’s Emerging Artist Series. David also played accordion with the Latin-American folk-pop band, We The Folk. He currently serves as Cantorial Intern at Sinai Temple in Westwood and is studying at the Ziegler School of Rabbinics at American Jewish University.

February 12, 2020 – Susan Greenberg, flute; Cristina Montes Mateo, harp (view recital video below)

Susan Greenberg played in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for 36 years, and continues to appear as soloist and chamber musician throughout the Los Angeles area. Christina Mateo has an international career as harpist with numerous orchestras, and is currently Solo Harpist at the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana (Spain), and has been Principal Harp with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

March 11, 2020 – Sergey Kosemyan, cello; Anna Markosyan, piano View recital video below.

Sergey Kosemyan is a recipient of the UNESCO Gold Medal, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Aram Khachaturian, 2008.  He is the prize winner of the following International Competitions:  Aram Khachaturian International Competition, 2006; Pierre Lantier International Chamber Music Competition (Grand Prix), Paris, 2002; the National Young Artist Competition in Yerevan, Armenia (1997) First Prize; and the winner of the Premier Prix de La Conservatoire National Superior de Paris, 2002.  He is the founder of the Classic Art Trio (2014), and Kosemyan Ensemble (2017) in Mexico.  His teachers have been Mstislav Rostropovich, Philipe Müller, Harry Hoffman, and Dominique de Williencourt.

Anna Markosyan is a graduate of the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, and winner of the A. Babajanyan National Piano Competition (Armenia).  She has performed in chamber ensembles in Armenia, Russia, Europe, Mexico and the USA.

April 8, 2020 – Kirill Gliadkovsky, piano
Since making his first public appearance at age six, Dr. Gliadkovsky has toured extensively on three continents, performing piano and organ recitals, and as a soloist with orchestra in various cities in Russia, including Moscow’s prestigious Bolshoi, Maliy and Rachmaninoff Halls, St-Petersburg Philharmonic’s Glinka Hall, as well as in Italy, U.K., Poland, Mongolia, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States. Dr. Gliadkovsky combines his busy concert schedule with teaching at Saddleback College as a Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies.

May 13, 2020 – Namhee Han, organ
Namhee has been the organist at Westwood Presbyterian Church in LA for the last 20 years, where she relishes her contributions to its long tradition of classical choral music programs. She can be heard playing solo and duo organ pieces for “The Story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ” DVD, and in American Public Media Pipedreams. Having received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in both Organ Performance, (with Dr. Thomas Harmon) and Applied Linguistics from UCLA, she has honed her naturally sensitive and fluid, technically robust organ playing, and has been featured at many National and Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists.

Videos from Past Recitals

David York, organ – May 8, 2019
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A native of the Pacific Northwest, David York began piano studies at age 7, organ at age 12 and received his first job as a church organist at age 16. After graduating with honors from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, David completed a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance at the University of Southern California. His teachers have included Edward A. Hansen and Ladd Thomas. David has been Director of Music at several churches in Southern California including First Presbyterian, San Pedro, St. Luke’s Episcopal, Long Beach and he’s currently Minister of Music at Lutheran Church of the Master in Westwood. He is Music Director at Temple Israel in Long Beach. He has been a member of the Commission on Liturgy and Church Music of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and has held leadership positions in several chapters of The American Guild of Organists. He’s been a Lecturer in Music on the faculty of the Bob Cole School of Music at CSULB.

The Wilder Trio, clarinet, bassoon & piano – April 10, 2019
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The Wilder Trio, formed in 2008 by three Los Angeles-based free-lance musicians, (Cynthia Bauhof-Williams, Helen Goode-Castro, and Phoebe Ray) has worked as colleagues in a variety of musical ensembles for many years. As individuals, they perform regularly with such ensembles as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Symphony, American Ballet Theater, Long Beach Opera, Long Beach Municipal Band, as well as chamber music with a variety of local and touring ensembles, jazz ensembles, in addition to appearances as recitalists and soloists. The trio’s musical inspiration derives from composer Alec Wilder, an innovator of the 20th century who had an affinity for popular music and jazz as well as classical music. Composers on today’s program– Gernot Wolfgang and Andre Previn–both have a penchant for fusing the language of jazz with classical forms.

The Wilder Trio with Gernot Wolfgang, composer of “Uncle Bebop.”

AlmaNova Duo, flute and guitar – March 13, 2019
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The award-winning ensemble, AlmaNova, is an innovative flute and guitar duo presenting an eclectic program of chamber music. Flutist Jessica Pierce and guitarist Almer Imamovic are both masters of their instruments, elevating the flute and guitar ensemble to the highest level of virtuosity and artistry. Their live performances are filled with energy and passion creating a
“…graceful, intuitively choreographed display of seamless connection.”
(Fresno Beehive).
AlmaNova’s recordings have been described as “…pure musical pleasure” (Flute Focus Magazine) and have received much critical acclaim. Their first CD recording “Debut” features original works by Mr. Imamovic inspired by the sounds and folk melodies of his native Bosnia. It was recently honored by the largest worldwide independent music organization, Just Plain Folks, receiving Best Instrumental Album, as well as Best Instrumental Song, for ‘Sarajevo Nights.’
AlmaNova met in France while studying at the famed Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. They continued their graduate work at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the USC Thornton School of Music. Since then they have had the privilege to perform extensively throughout the world including recitals in Paris, London, Sarajevo, Stockholm, Tijuana, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Kansas City, and San Diego.

Lukas Hasler, organ – February 13, 2019
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Lukas Hasler (born in 1996) is currently studying organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria and cultural management at the University of Hamburg, Germany. In addition to his participation in the opening ceremony of the Salzburg Festival, he has already performed at the Tyrolean Festival Erl as well as at the International Organ Festival in Düsseldorf. Lukas has won the “Prima la musica” competition for organ twice. The second time, he also won the “BärenreiterSpecial” prize for his interpretation of a work by J. S. Bach. A year later, “Jugend komponiert”, a competition for young composers, named Lukas as a finalist for his piano and violin suites. The 22year-old organist, composer and choral conductor has attended master classes with Jean Guillou, Ton Koopman, Ludger Lohmann and Skip Sempé. Lukas is gaining recognition for his colourful and passionate musicality. He has performed many organ recitals in Austria, as well as internationally in Germany, France, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. For 2019, his plans include performances in the United States, Germany, Russia, Italy and France.

Duo Ondine: Boglárka Kiss, Flute; Alison Bjorkedal, Harp – March 14, 2018 – Click image to view video. To view the recital program click here.

Founded in 2005, the flute and harp duo were recently selected by the Beverly Hills Auditions as one of the top chamber groups in Los Angeles.  Both artists maintain active schedules as professional musicians and teachers: Alison is on the faculty of California Institute of the Arts, and Boglárka teaches at Pasadena City College. Both musicians hold the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.  Read more…

Althea Waites, Piano – February 7, 2018 – Click image to view video.  To view the recital program click here.

Toccata in G Minor, BWV 915
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Momentum (1984)
Tania Leon (b.1944)

Fantasie in F Minor, Opus 49
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)

Internationally acclaimed American Pianist, Althea Waites, has concertized extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a brilliant soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist. She is currently on the keyboard faculty at California State University/Long Beach, and organist/pianist at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church.  Read more…

Jaebon Hwang, Organ –  Recital May 10, 2017 – Click image to view video.

The finale of the 2017 Mid-Week Recital series is with award-winning composer and organist, Jaebon Hwang!  She is organist at Westwood United Methodist Church where she presides over one of the largest organs in the region.  Awarded the Fellow of American Guild of Organists, the organization’s highest level of certification, she is active as a recitalist and as a collaborative artist.

Christoph Bull, Organ – May 9, 2018 – Click image to view video. To view the recital program click here.

Toccata in D minor, op. 59/5
Max Reger (1873-1916)

Serene Alleluias
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Choral in A minor
César Franck (1822-1890)

Vic 1
Christoph Bull

Fugue in D major, op. 59/6
Max Reger (1873-1916)

Christoph Bull has concertized around the world, including Europe, Russia, India, Taiwan, China, Japan, El Salvador and many U.S. states. He’s performed at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.  Read more…

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