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.  


View Recitals Online!

With the new technology available, we are thrilled to share the art of the excellent musicians to those unable to attend the recitals and a wider audience in general.  Scroll to the bottom of this page to view past recitals.

To view the recitals live on the church Facebook page, the viewer will need a Facebook account, however, videos will also be available here on the church website within a few days after the recital. For assistance or more information contact the church office (310) 393-8258.


2018 Artists

January 10 – Sal Soria, organ (Recital not recorded)
Sal Soria has been the organist at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles since its dedication in 2002. Prior to his appointment here in Los Angeles he was organist for nine years at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. He has been a prize winner at the International Organist Competition at the Kenndy Center in Washington, D.C., and the American Guild of Organists competition at Trinity Church, New York.

February 7* – Althea Waites, piano *Note date change to 1st Wednesday.
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 Univerisity/Long Beach, and organist/pianist at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church.

March 14 – Duo Ondine: Boglárka Kiss, flute; Alison Bjorkedal, harp
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.

April 11 – Nancy Roth, violin; Lorenzo Sanchez, piano
Violinist and violist, Nancy Roth, is currently concertmaster of the Culver City Symphony and Marina Del Rey Summer Symphony. She is a former violinist of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, was co-principal violist of the Graz Philharmonic in Austria, and served many years as concertmaster of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. She has a Master of Music degree from The Julliard School, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California.

May 9 – Christoph Bull, organ
Dr. Bull has concertized around the world and performed at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society. He was principle organist at First UMC Santa Monica for over six years before becoming Organist-in-Residence at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles in 2013, where he plays on one of the world’s largest pipe organs. Since 2002 he has been university organist and organ professor at UCLA.


Videos

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

Haru no Umi (arr. by Josef Molnar)
Michio Miyagi (1894-1956)

The Song of the Lark
Song to the Waking Sun
Flight
Into Darkness
Charles R. Young (b. 1965)

L’Histoire du Tango
Nightclub 1960
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

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.