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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.francoischouchan.fr
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 play during Master Classes by several superior Talents 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 for the “Sundays Live Series”, at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge (with the Music Guild). He has also appeared at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, at The Zipper Hall and at the Brandeis Institute, and for the Ermitage Foundation.

Chouchan’s deep musical sensibilities. his passion, perseverance and open mind are 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 the art of Chamber Music.

His Chamber Music Series, called "Le Salon de Musiques - Masters Rediscovered", takes place at the famous Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Fifth Floor. The Seventh Season begins on October 2, 2016 until June 4, 2017, featuring wonderful Composers as BEETHOVEN, SCHUBERT, SCHUMANN, BRAHMS, SCHARWENKA, STRAUSS, DVORAK, SMETANA, LEKEU, MENDELSSOHN,BRUCH, RONTGEN, ZEISL, TCHAIKOVSKY, RACHMANINOFF, ARENSKY, TANEYEV, SHOSTAKOVITCH, CLARK, DOHNANYI, FAURE, DEBUSSY, KODALY, CHAMINADE, BEACH, CLARKE, BARBER, etc...With several "US PREMIERES", the purpose of LE SALON DE MUSIQUES is also to re-introduce amazing works from the Romantic / Neo-Romantic and Impressionist 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


.............................................................................................................................. John WALZ - Le Salon de Musiques: Artistic Director

John Walz is a celebrated soloist and chamber music artist, known for his dazzling virtuosity and elegant musicianship. A student of the legendary French cellist, Pierre Fournier, he has appeared as soloist with more than 150 symphony orchestras on 4 continents. His performances of 25 different concertos include both standard showcases and rarities like Martinu’s Concerto #1 and William Schuman’s Song of Orfeus. In 1979, John, along with pianist Edith Orloff, founded the Pacific Trio. Now performing with violinist Roger Wilkie, this renowned ensemble has played more than 900 concerts throughout North America and Europe. In addition to his solo and chamber music duties, he is currently the principal cellist with the Los Angeles Opera, a position he previously held for 20 years with the Long Beach Symphony. John is on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts summer program and Academy.


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

Chair of the music-history faculty at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, Kristi Brown-Montesano received her Ph.D. in musicology from UC Berkeley, combining her strong interest in both musical performance and scholarly research.

Her book The Women of Mozart’s Operas (University of California Press, 2007) offers a detailed study—for students, performers, scholars, and opera lovers—of the female characters in the Da Ponte operas and The Magic Flute, re-evaluating source materials as well as common critical assumptions. Brown-Montesano has presented and published essays on music in contemporary film, opera, trends in marketing classical music, and musical culture in late 19th-century England. In 2014-15, Brown-Montesano was honored to participate in the UCLA Musicology Department’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

In addition to her work with Salon de Musiques, she has been a frequent lecturer at the LA Opera’s “Opera for Educators” seminars and other “public musicology” initiatives.



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