Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8 pm ELIXIR PIANO TRIO Lucy Nargizyan, piano Samvel Chilingarian, violin Garik Terzian, cello
Winner of the Most Distinguished Musician award in the 2005 IBLA International Competition in Italy, the Elixir Piano Trio has appeared in performances in Europe and the United States. Founded in 2004, this dynamic Trio performs both traditional and modern repertoire with classical, folk and jazz influences. Known for their unique and exciting interpretations, the Los Angeles-based ensemble has dazzled audiences with their energy and sensitivity.
Program will include Babadjanian's Piano Trio, Khachaturian's Adagio from Spartacus, Parisch's Two Pieces for Trio, Ponce's Piano Trio along with Otono Porteno and Primavera Porteno by Piazzolla.
Marsee Auditorium $18
Friday, October 19, 2012 at 8 pm MARIANGELA VACATELLO, piano 2009 Van Cliburn Finalist Los Angeles Recital Debut
With playing that has been described as “witty, intelligent, sparkling with personal interpretation that is seductive and charming” by Le Libre Belgique, Italian pianist Mariangela Vacatello is internationally recognized for her passionate interpretation and dazzling virtuosity. A finalist and winner of the Internet Audience Award at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, Ms. Vacatello continues to gather international acclaim.
The evening's program will include Prelude and Fugue in a minor by Bach-Liszt, Sonata in b minor by Liszt, selected Etudes by Debussy and Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 2 in b-flat minor, Op. 36. Marsee Auditorium $26
Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8 pm RACHEL CRUZE, speaker
"Not So Common Sense" The concept of handling money in a practical, common-sense way has been lost. Ideas like living on less than you make, paying for everything in cash, and saving for a rainy day are not “normal.” But these practices will help you in your life today and in the future. Marsee Auditorium $26
Friday, November 16, 2012 at 8 pm YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE
Formed in 1999, The Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the opposing people of the Middle East into a unique mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration. The ensemble includes Jewish and Arabic musicians as well as Christian artists who have been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide.
Marsee Auditorium $26
Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8 pm SONS OF ETTA: A Tribute to Etta James featuring Thelma Jones and Jimmy Z
Sons of Etta is a tribute to the legendary Etta James featuring the captivating blues & soul songstress Thelma Jones, Etta’s longtime harp & sax man Jimmy Z and Etta’s drummer & son, Donto James. The band is rounded out with the top players in the business. Thelma Jones mixes Etta’s hits (At Last, Somethings Got a Hold on Me, Love & Happiness, Spoonful), among others, along with her own classics Salty Tears and The House That Jack Built. Sons of Etta will make you dance, groove, cry and honor the legendary Etta James.
Marsee Auditorium $26
Friday, December 14, 2012 at 7 pm Saturday/Sunday, December 15, 16, 2012 at 2 pm THE NUTCRACKER Diane Lauridsen, director
Under the artistic direction of Diane Lauridsen, nationally known South Bay Ballet delivers a holiday confection for savvy ballet audiences who are looking for impeccably trained artists and a creative, accessible interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s classic. Grandmother Clara tells the story of a young girl on Christmas Eve, dreaming a lush and vivid fantasy of her faithful Nutcracker Prince escorting her to the Kingdom of Sweets, where she becomes his beautiful, grown-up ballerina–and isn't that every girl’s Christmas wish? Choreography by Charles Maple. Marsee Auditorium $30 (Children 12 and under - $20) Premium seats available: $50.00. Please call Ticket Office (310) 329-5345 to purchase tickets.
Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 8 pm SAGUARO PIANO TRIO Hyeyeon Park, piano Luanne Homzy, violin Peter Myers, cello with special guest Cindy Wu, viola
Comprised from the most elite musicians from the Thornton School of Music at USC, the Saguaro Piano Trio will also feature new USC music faculty member Violin/Violist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu. They have performed in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Japan and have won 1st prize and special Brahms prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Hamburg in 2009.
Program: Mozart Trio in Bb, K.502 Dvorak Trio No. 4, Op.90 “Dumky” Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1 in c minor, Op.15 Marsee Auditorium $22
Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8 pm GRANT GEISSMAN AND THE COOL MAN COOL BAND
From loping funk to boogaloo to earthy blues shuffles, with a haunting ballad, a beautiful samba and an urgently swinging post-bop romp thrown into the mix—along with touches of classical, flamenco and zydeco—guitarist Grant Geissman and The Cool Man Cool Band cover all the bases. Marsee Auditorium $24
Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 3 pm HOMENAJE AL GRAN TENOR: RAÚL HERNANDEZ PAYS HOMAGE TO ALFREDO KRAUS Victoria Kirsch, piano Daniela Nuzzoli, mezzo-soprano
Mexican lyric tenor Raúl Hernández and pianist Victoria Kirsch honor the legacy of the great Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus in a concert featuring staged excerpts from some of Kraus’ most famous roles: Verdi’s Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Donizetti's Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) and Massenet’s Werther. Joined by mezzo-soprano Daniela Nuzzoli, the concert celebrates Alfredo Kraus’ devotion to the music of his native Spain and to the Spanish-language literature of the New World with selections from zarzuela, canción Española and, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, songs from México. Marsee Auditorium $18
Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8 pm LAURA ELLIS, vocalist John Rodby, piano
Let’s Live Again…with favorite jazz vocals from yesterday and today. With “an amazing voice [that] harkens to mind the class jazz greats of old” (Jazz Ambassador Magazine),singer Laura Ellis transports you to the time when lyrics and melody reigned. Heralded pianist John Rodby and the Jazz Noir Band join Ellis in an event of favorite melodies, nostalgia, and rarely-heard musical gems. From sizzle to swing, Laura Ellis “is the consummate performer…truly mesmerizing to an audience.” Alan Paul, The Manhattan Transfer. Marsee Auditorium $18
Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 8 pm NICKERSON-ROSSI DANCE Michael Nickerson-Rossi, artistic director
In 2008, Rossi founded Nickerson-Rossi Dance, with his work premiering in cities such as San Diego, Huntington Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Tempe and Texas A&M. Victoriously, his work Exchange to Exist still lingers within the Southern California dance community as a heartfelt authentication of the raw emotion that is expressed through Modern Dance. Joining the evening will be director/choreographer Lori Bryhni. Marsee Auditorium $18