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2021-2022 Concert Series

First Lutheran Church of Torrance

The popular Bach's Lunch Recitals, a favorite in the South Bay community for two decades, are now First Fridays at First!~fff, graciously hosted as a gift to the community by FirstServe Community Services, the nonprofit community service partner organization of First Lutheran Church & School – Torrance. The finest artists from Southern California and around the world perform half-hour lunchtime recitals.

2900 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503
(on the south side of Carson Street just east of Maple)
For a Google map, click here.

For information, call Classical Crossroads at (310) 316-5574 or click here.

Free admission - Donations Appreciated

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[2016-2017] [2017-2018] [2018-2019] [2019-2020]

To Safely Begin the 2021-2022 Season,
Concerts Will Be Videotaped and
Streamed-as-Live at the Scheduled Concert Time

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Classical Crossroads invites a small number of verified fully vaccinated, top supporters of the concert series to the videotaping sessions. As the season progresses and the Covid situation improves, cautious steps are planned to return to live-audience concerts, with livestreaming for those who cannot attend in person.

To appreciate the streamed concerts, you are encouraged to set aside time as you would for a live-audience concert, get comfortable, and watch on a large-screen TV with a high-quality soundbar. Alternatively, watch on an iPad or other quality computer screen with headphones. Find the links to the videos, which are available to stream on-demand for one month, on Classical Crossroads' YouTube Channel.

Friday, September 3, 2021 at 12:15 p.m.

Top Prize Winners of The Art of Duo Boulder International Chamber Music Competition

MarkHermaniolinist YuEun Kim & Pianist Song Chang

Pianist                     Violinist

Violinist YuEun Kim and pianist Sung Chang were awarded Second Prize at Boulder International Competition: Art of Duo (Boulder, Colorado). Sung and YuEun performed the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas, all within a span of three weeks, at the USC Thornton School of Music.

A winner of the LACMA's Sundays Live competition and the Beverly Hills National Auditions, YuEun Kim earned her Artist Diploma under Midori Goto at the USC Thornton School of Music, where she won first place in USC's Solo Bach Competition and the Strings Concerto Competition.

Also a Beverly Hills National Auditions winner, among his wins in more than ten international competitions, Sung Chang earned First Prize, Audience Prize, and the Schubert Special Prize from the International Schubert Competition for Piano Duo and recently took the silver medal at the 12th San Antonio International Piano Competition. Sung Chang completed his studies at the USC Thornton School of Music with Professor Jeffrey Kahane.

archived concert

Friday, October 1, 2021 at 12:15 p.m.

The Latsos Piano Duo

Latsos Piano Duo


Georgian-American pianist/composer Giorgi Latso and Russian pianist Anna Fedorova-Latso are winners of international competitions and highly regarded piano virtuosos on the international classical music scene. As The Latsos Piano Duo since 2013, they have performed four-hand piano recitals and concertos for two pianos with orchestras in Europe, Russia, America, and Asia. Together Anna and Giorgi are brilliant and have issued their first recording – The Latsos Perform Mozart and Schubert.

Russian-born pianist Anna Fedorova-Latso graduated from the State Glinka Conservatory in Nizhny Novgorod, and is a First Prize winner of international piano competitions in Russia, Italy, and Greece.

A Steinway Artist, Giorgi Latso received a doctoral degree (D.M.A.) from the USC Thornton School of Music. Giorgi's 2010 appearance in London's Wigmore Hall included the world premiere of his composition Cyber Moment for violin and piano, which can be seen on YouTube.

archived concert

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 12:15 p.m.

Violinist Ambroise Aubrun & Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert

French Violinist                    Belgian Pianist   

Hailed as a "marvelous violinist" (France Musique) with "sensitive tone" (Pizzicato Magazine) and "tremendous ease, suppleness and beauty of sound" (Nice-Matin), French violinist Ambroise Aubrun has performed extensively in Europe and North America in halls such as Salzburg Haus Für Mozart, Yerevan Khachaturian Grand Hall, Los Angeles Broad Stage, Zipper Hall, Chicago Bradley Hall, and Paris Hotel des Invalides. He has shared the stage with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Scott St. John, Martin Chalifour, Fred Sherry, Clive Greensmith, Carrie Dennis, Richard O'Neill, Rohan de Saram, Steven Vanhauwaert, and the Borroméo and Ebène string quartets, among others.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his "impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique," Steven Vanhauwaert has garnered a wide array of accolades, including the First Prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. Mr. Vanhauwaert made his solo debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and has appeared in some of the world's leading venues, including the National Center of the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Concertgebouw in Brugge, the Great Hall of the Budapest Liszt Conservatory, the Forbidden City Theatre in Beijing, Segerstrom Hall, and the National Philharmonic Hall in Kiev. Artistic Director of Classical Crossroads' Second Sundays at Two series, Mr. Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist.

archived concert

Friday, December 3, 2021 at 12:15 p.m.

American Theatre Organ Society's
2012 Organist of the Year

Organist Mark Herman


Organist Mark Herman has been featured on several episodes of American Public Media's Pipedreams program, and has performed for countless conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society, American Guild of Organists, and Organ Historical Society. On the international stage, he has toured in Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Additionally, his arrangements, compositions, and performances have been heard both on television and in motion pictures. In 2019, he was honored to be featured alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a rare organ solo cameo.

This concert was videotaped and streamed.
Find the link at Classical Crossroads' YouTube Channel

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Friday, January 14, 2022 at 12:15 p.m.

Two Acclaimed Artists & Good Friends
Share Their Passion for Chamber Music

Violinist/Violist Yura Lee                Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert

                          Violinist/Violist                         Pianist                  

To be recorded on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church. Please note: Yura Lee is stepping in on very short notice for the originally scheduled cello recital with Clive Greensmith. The First Fridays at First recital is being recorded at RHUMC instead of First Lutheran and the streaming date has been delayed one week to accommodate the change. Please find full recital information by clicking here.

Part II of a Recital in Two Parts

Part I of this recital is on the previous Sunday
on Classical Crossroads' Second Sundays at Two series.

This concert will be videotaped and streamed.
At concert time, find the link
at Classical Crossroads' YouTube Channel

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Friday, February 4, 2022 at 12:15 p.m.

Hausmann Quartet

Hausmann Quartet

                            ALEX GREENBAUM cello    ISAAC ALLEN violin
BRAM GOLDSTEIN violin    ANGELA CHOONG viola                  

The Hausmann Quartet has established itself as an integral part of the cultural life of Southern California as faculty Artists-in-Residence at San Diego State University and Ensemble-in-Residence at Mainly Mozart. Winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, the Rotenburg International Chamber Music Competition, and the Morrison International Fellowship Award, the Hausmann Quartet was one of only two American quartets chosen to participate in both the Beijing International Quartet Competition and the Banff International Quartet Competition. The quartet is named after Robert Hausmann, the eminent 19th-century German cellist and founding member of the Joachim Quartet.

The Hausmann Quartet and the Maritime Museum of San Diego have partnered to present Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime, a quarterly concert series aboard Berkeley - an 1898 steam ferryboat that operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay. Concerts aboard this National Historic Landmark, docked in downtown San Diego next to Star of India, explore the evolution of the string quartet through the lens of Joseph Haydn's quartet cycle.

Hausmann Quartet's innovative Haydn Voyages project

Friday, March 4, 2022 at 12:15 p.m.

First-Prize Winner of the
Jose Iturbi International Music Competition

Pianist Rufus Choi


A Steinway Artist, Rufus Choi has performed recitals in such premier venues as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, Zipper Hall of the Colburn School and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena; and the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Internationally, Rufus Choi has appeared in recital at leading festivals including the Salzburg Festival in Austria, the Philomusica Festival in Oxford, England, and at festivals in Puigcerda, Spain and Locarno, Switzerland, to name a few. He has been a concerto soloist with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Martin Braus conducting Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto and with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic under the baton of Juri Gilbo conducing Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto. Mr. Choi trained at The Juilliard School, where he earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees studying with Oxana Yablonskaya,

Friday, April 1, 2022 at 12:15 p.m.


Andrew Harrison Saxophone Quartet

ANDREW HARRISON                                             ROBERT ALEXANDER

Saxophonist Andrew HarrisonAcclaimed as "a virtuoso saxophonist" (Beverly Hills National Auditions), and a "magician showing off his tricks" (Austin American-Statesman), saxophonist Andrew Harrison has emerged as one of today's most unique and engaging musicians, leading him to perform hundreds of concerts throughout the United States and Europe as a chamber musician and soloist. His playing has been described as "spectacular" (LA Opus) with a sound that is "broad and rich" (The Instrumentalist). He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the USC Thornton School of Music, and a Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music. His teachers have included legendary saxophonist Harvey Pittel, and Los Angeles Philharmonic saxophonists Jim Rotter and Douglas Masek. Dr. Harrison joins the faculty at Sonoma State University starting in August 2021.

The Andrew Harrison Saxophone Quartet will perform an outreach concert for the students of First Lutheran Church & School in the afternoon, pending relaxation of Covid regulations.

Friday, May 6, 2022 at 12:15 p.m.

Part I of a Concert in Two Parts*

Pianist €Steven Vanhauwaert€


and Friends in a Concert of Piano Quartets & Quintets

"impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique" ~ Los Angeles Times

Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert has garnered a wide array of accolades, including the First Prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. Mr. Vanhauwaert has made his solo debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall performing the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Fratello. He has appeared as a soloist in some of the world's leading venues, including the National Center of the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Concertgebouw in Brugge, the Great Hall of the Budapest Liszt Conservatory, the Forbidden City Theatre in Beijing, Segerstrom Hall, and the National Philharmonic Hall in Kiev, and with the Pacific Symphony, the Lviv Philharmonic, the Sofia Sinfonietta, the Flemish Symphony, and the Kyiv Kamerata, to name just a few.

* Part II of this concert is on the following Sunday
on Classical Crossroads' "Second Sundays at Two" series.

Friday, June 3, 2022 at 12:15 p.m.

Recital by the Winner of Peninsula Symphony's
Edith Knox Performance Competition

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