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Photos by Ying Chia Huang.

Photos by Ying Chia Huang.

Photos by Ying Chia Huang.

::STOP PRESS::

This Sunday, April 14, 3013, marks the seventh concert of Le Salon de Musiques’ 3rd season.

ANDREW SHULMAN Cello , STEVEN VANHAUWAERT Piano

CHOPIN: Cello Sonata op 65 in G minor
CAMILLO SCHUMANN: Cello Sonata in C minor n°2 op 99 (USA Premiere)
F.DELIUS: Romance for Cello and Piano

Full info below

It’s impossible not to smile when soaking up the glorious music emanating from a handful of accomplished musicians, playing a mere few feet away. You smile when Phillip Levy on Violin, plays a particularly sweet note. You marvel at Rina Dokshistky’s fluid expertise on Piano. Best of all, you smile as you share the glances the musicians shoot at one another from time to time, checking in with each other for cues and momentum. Alongside these two mentioned, Andrew Shulman also performed on Cello.

It’s thrilling stuff.

The sixth concert of Le Salon de Musiques’ 3rd season, was held this past Sunday, on March 10, 3013. The concert featured Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor, Debussy’s Cello Sonata in D minor and Violin Sonata in G minor.

Artistic Director François Chouchan welcomed us, the ‘Le Salon’ family. He explained how he thoughtfully selects each piece of music for each Sunday afternoon program, choosing works that “are emotional, harmonic and melodic, that say something, that have a melody that will touch your heart.” Chouchan informed us that the Debussy and Ravel pieces selected for today’s concert were chosen to mark the arrival of Spring. It was a “celebration of French impressionism movement,” he explained, adding that neither composer considered themselves to be ‘Impressionists’ – rather, they thought of themselves as ‘Symbolists.’

Chouchan also whetted our appetite for next month’s concert, excitedly revealing that we were to hear a Cello Sonata that was a “very important and amazing Camillo Schumann work that is unique, romantic and not very well known.” In fact, this piece is making its US premier performance at Le Salon, on April 14.

“It took me six months, with the help of the German Consulate, to locate the score,” Chouchan added.

Le Salon de Musiques graciously thanks the French, Polish and German Consulates for their ongoing support and sponsorship.

As always, musicologist Julius Reder Carlson intelligently introduced the concert. No matter how knowledgeable you may already be about classical music, in general, and Debussy or Ravel, in particular, you will learn some fascinating facts about the selected composers and the era in which they lived and worked.

Photos by Ying Chia Huang.

Photos by Ying Chia Huang.

The first piece performed was Debussy’s Cello Sonata in D minor, played with great enthusiasm and dramatic flourish by Andrew Shulman on Cello, accompanied by Dokshistky on Piano. What a character! At times Shulman, with his shock of silver hair, huffed and almost snorted like a bull facing a toreador in the ring. He raised his eyebrows at some amusing moments, sharing the musical ‘joke’ with us, his enraptured audience.

For Debussy’s Violin Sonata in G minor, Phillip Levy on Violin, again accompanied by Dokshistky on Piano, was equally entertaining but in a different way. In an unusual prelude, Levy took a few minutes to preface his performance with a brief lecture, performing snippets of the piece we were about to hear and describing what he imagines when he is playing. The bow scratching on the strings, he explained, reminded him of a dog scratching at fleas. This mini-preamble was delightful, playful and had us all giggling like school children.

Such fun!

As always, after the delightful music had ended, there was ‘La Conversation’: bubbly glasses of French Champagne were enjoyed during the informal Q & A session between the audience and the musicians. As usual, a buffet of sandwiches and petit fours followed the lively discussion.

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There are ONLY TWO remaining Le Salon de Musiques concerts this year – do not miss them!

Tickets are $65.00, and $45.00 for students. (Worth every penny!)

***Check Goldstar for discounted tickets***

Le Salon de Musiques graciously thanks the French, Polish and German Consulates for their ongoing support and sponsorship.

 

Photos by Ying Chia Huang.

Photos by Ying Chia Huang.

Photos by Ying Chia Huang.

April 14th Concert Details:

What:

The seventh concert of Le Salon de Musiques’ 3rd season.

ANDREW SHULMAN Cello , STEVEN VANHAUWAERT Piano

CHOPIN: Cello Sonata op 65 in G minor
CAMILLO SCHUMANN: Cello Sonata in C minor n°2 op 99 (USA Premiere)
F.DELIUS: Romance for Cello and Piano

When:

April 14, 3013

4:00PM—6:00PM

Where:

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Fifth Floor

135 North Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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May 19th Concert Details:

What:

The eighth concert of Le Salon de Musiques’ 3rd season.

ROGER WILKIE Violin, HELEN S.CALLUS Viola, JOHN WALZ Cello, Edith ORLOFF Piano , ELISSA JOHNSTON Soprano

BRAHMS: Lieder for Soprano, Piano and Viola op 91
BRAHMS : Piano Quartet n.3 in C minor
MAHLER: Piano Quartet in A minor

When:

May 19, 3013

4:00PM—6:00PM

Where:

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Fifth Floor

135 North Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

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Pauline Adamek
Pauline Adamek
Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.

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