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Angeles Concerts Artists and Le Salon de Musiques:
MASTERS REDISCOVERED
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Francois CHOUCHAN - Angeles Concerts Artists corp. (A.C.A.): CEO/Executive Manager
- Le Salon de Musiques: Founder and Artistic Director
www.francois-chouchan.com
French-American concert pianist François Chouchan is no stranger to awards and fame. From the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (instructed by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen and Germaine Mounier) to the Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy, his outstanding talent has been recognized all over Europe. Not only has Chouchan performed as a soloist with orchestras and Chamber Music groups in many countries, but he has also been invited to perform for Genius Masters such as M. Rostropovitch, Nikita Magaloff, G.Sebok or Magda Tagliaferro, who all acknowledged his unique sensitivity and creativity.

In Los Angeles, where Chouchan has resided since 2007, he has performed at the LACMA Museum at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge. He has also appeared at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, at The Zipper Hall, the Brandeis Institute, the Ermitage Foundation and the California Club.
His deep musical sensibilities, passion, perseverance and open mind have been recognized by professionals and spectators alike who regard him as an inspiring, sensitive and creative musician. He offers a “hip” approach to the classic music and his easy-going attitude and fresh approach to the genre has earned him the affection of fans of all ages, helping develop a younger audience for classical music.

His successful Chamber Music Series, called "Le Salon de Musiques - Masters Rediscovered", celebrates its Tenth Anniversary this year. It takes place at the famous Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of Los Angeles. Its new Season begins on October 6, 2019 until June 7, 2020, featuring wonderful composers including HAENDEL, HAYDN, MOZART, BEETHOVEN, SPOHR, SCHUBERT, CLARA & ROBERT SCHUMANN, KAHN, BRAHMS, AMANDA MAIER, FANNY & FELIX MENDELSSOHN, STRAUSS, RONTGEN, CHOPIN, SCHARWENKA, DVORAK, TCHAIKOVSKY, RACHMANINOFF, ARENSKY, HAHN, RAVEL and SAINT-SAENS. With several "US PREMIERES", the purpose of LE SALON DE MUSIQUES is also to re-introduce amazing works from the Romantic / Neo-Romantic and Impressionistic Repertoire, written by wonderful Composers who remain almost forgotten today. "LE SALON DE MUSIQUES" is a unique musical experience - one like no other in Los Angeles. By removing the stage and putting the Artists next to the audience, each performance is a very personal and intimate experience. An informal Q & A with the Artists follow the performance, followed by a Gourmet Buffet catered by PATINA with French Champagne



.............................................................................................................................. Julius Reder Carlson - Le Salon de Musiques: Musicologist

Julius Reder Carlson, Assistant Professor of Music at Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles, holds degrees in music from UCLA, the Universidad de Chile and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
In addition to his scholarly pursuits, he has performed widely as a guitarist, working with art and folk music ensembles and contributing to the compilation album Tenemos las Mismas Manos, winner of a 2016 Chilean Pulsar award.

He is the co-founder of the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra, a non-profit organization that promotes socioeconomic and cultural diversity through music education.


.............................................................................................................................. Kristi BROWN-MONTESANO - Le Salon de Musiques: Musicologist

Chair of Music History faculty at the Colburn School (Conservatory of Music), Kristi Brown-Montesano received her Ph.D. in musicology from UC Berkeley, with a specialization in 18th-century western European music. Her book The Women of Mozart’s Operas (University of California Press, 2007) offers a detailed study of the female characters in the Da Ponte operas and The Magic Flute, re-evaluating common critical assumptions. Kristi has presented and published essays on opera and children, film music, Bach reception in postwar America, and music and Sherlock Holmes.

As a teacher and “public musicologist,” Brown-Montesano values every opportunity for connection and dialogue with students, educators, musicians and audience members. In 2014, she was honored to participate in the UCLA Musicology Department’s Distinguished Lecture Series; in 2017, she was a panelist and presenter at the first “Women in Music Festival” at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Kristi has lectured for the LA Phil, Los Angeles Opera, Opera League of Los Angeles, Mason House Concerts, Colburn Orchestra, and La Jolla Music Society. She is thrilled to be a part of the tenth-anniversary season of Le Salon des Musiques! For more information, visit kristibrownmontesano.com.



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