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.  

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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