Mid-Week Recital Series

Presented by Dr. James E. Smith, First UMC Music Director, the Mid-Week Recital series is held on the second Wednesdays of the month. Recitals begin promptly at 12:10 p.m. online (see ways to view below.) Scroll down the page for past recitals

Recital Series 2022
February 9:  Tae Yeon Lim, piano
March 9: Ty Woodward, organ and piano, assisted by James Smith, organ and piano
April 13:  Sean O’Neal, organ
May 11:  Clayton Haslop and Friends

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Various guest musicians alongside Jim Smith, Music Director, and Ty Woodward, resident organist, during the Sunday online and In-Person worship service.


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Past Recitals

View the January 2022 Mid-Week Recital, featuring Philip Vaiman, violin / Miloš Veljković, piano.

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View the November 2021 Mid-Week Recital, featuring Kirill and Anna Gliadkovsky, piano duo.

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View the October 2021 Mid-Week Recital, featuring Cristina Montes Mateo, harp

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September 2021 Recital: Tengyue (TY) Zhang, classical guitar

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May 2021 Mid-Week Recital: Rufus Choi, piano

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April 2021 Mid-Week Recital: Kevan Torfeh & Friends:

Kevan Torfeh, cello; Jim Smith, organ and piano; Tomasz Golka & Anna Kostyuchek, violins; and Linda Muggeridge, oboe.
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March 2021 Recital: David York, organ

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February 2021 Recital: Aram Barsamian, baritone; accompanied by Mark Salters, piano.

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Wednesday, January 13: Ty Woodward, organ; David Searfoss, trumpet; Stephen Billington, trumpet
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Wednesday, December 9, 2020: Calico Winds, wind ensemble
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Wednesday, November 11 2020, Kirill Gliadkovsky, piano

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020: Nancy Roth, violin; Lorenzo Sanchez, piano

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020: Aaron Shows, organ

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August 12, 2020 – Susan Greenberg, flute; Cristina Montes Mateo, harp

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July 8, 2020 – Connie Sheu, guitar, and Elise Henry, flute

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June 11, 2020 – Duo Imaginalis: Ekaterina Bessmettseva, piano; Hugo Nogueira, guitar

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Learn more about Duo Imaginalis on their website and Instagram.

May 13, 2020 – Mark Robson, Piano Online Recital

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January 8, 2020 – David Childs, baritone

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.


March 11, 2020 – Sergey Kosemyan, cello; Anna Markosyan, piano

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.


May 8, 2019 – David York, organ

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April 10, 2019 – The Wilder Trio, clarinet, bassoon & piano

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

March 13, 2019 – AlmaNova Duo, flute and guitar

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February 13, 2019 – Lukas Hasler, organ 

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March 14, 2018 – Duo Ondine: Boglárka Kiss, Flute; Alison Bjorkedal, Harp

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February 7, 2018 – Althea Waites, Piano – February 7, 2018

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May 10, 2017 – Jaebon Hwang, Organ

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.

 


May 9, 2018 – Christoph Bull, Organ

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