The bohemian-style classical music series, Classical Underground, offered a rich roster of Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla and Mozart Monday evening at the funky-junky art atelier of Alexey Steele and Olga Vlasova. The two music mavens, soon to be the parents of twins, host the five-year-running series at their marvelous artist digs, a central Los Angeles industrial loft.
Classical Underground’s raison d’etre is connoisseur listening — but there’s also sipping, chewing, and chatting. The generous pre-concert buffet, a pot luck affair, included home-cooked dishes, bountiful bottles of wine, Easter chocolates, and a few stray boxes of matzoh.
Cheerfully pitching in as one of the gang and only slightly overqualified for her job was a humble page turner. She’s pictured above managing the musical score for pianist Jiayi Shi’s rousing delivery of two movements of the Brahms Violin Sonata No 3 in D minor (Moni Simeonov, superb on fiddle). None other than violin virtuoso Midori.
That’s a taste of C.U. — matzoh and Midori.
Click on the photo — courtesy of Classical Underground, Alexey Steele — for detail.
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