Le Salon de Musiques' director and founder, the French pianist Francois Chouchan, is a superb artist and dedicated researcher of neglected 19th century composers of the romantic school. He has a talent to bring outstanding musicians to perform these works, usually for the first time. This brings an exciting feeling of discovery to each event. This chamber music series take place in an intimate venue on the fifth floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion's fifth floor. Sitting very close to the musicians, you experience chamber music in an ideal way.
Le Salon de Musiques’ next concert planned for Feb. 9, 2014 at 4pm, will be an “All-Russian Affair.” On the program will be music from three Russian composers, Rachmaninoff, Medtner and Arensky. The concert features the co-director of Le Salon de Musiques and principal cellist of the LA Opera, John Walz, the world renowned pianist Mona Golabeck (radio host and star of the one-woman show “The Pianist of Willesden Lane”) and the Award-winning violinist Movses Pogossian.
The afternoon's program will include: Medtner's “Two Canzonas with Two Dances” for Violin & Piano, Sergei Rachmaninoff's “Prelude & Dance Orientale” for Cello & Piano, plus the “Elegie” No. 1 for Cello & Piano, and Anton Arensky's Piano Trio No. 1.
In a recent press release, Chouchan explains why Medtner is paired with his more famous colleague, Sergei Rachmaninoff. Medtner (1880-1951) "is usually compared to his best friend Sergei Rachmaninoff... Medtner was also a formidable pianist (like) Rachmaninoff...Rachmaninoff thought that Medtner was the greatest composer who lived at the time. The two friends always supported each other during difficult moments. The most sincere testament to this unique friendship is embodied in Medtner's Piano Concerto No.2 and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4, which the two composers dedicated to one another."
To get to the 5th floor of the Dorothy Chandler - take the Dorothy Chandler elevator, right next to the exit of the underground parking lot, located on Grand Ave and 1st street. Once on the 5th floor, you enter an elegant room overlooking the city with a stunning view of the mountains as well. Following the program, a conversation takes place with the audience and musicians, during which French Champagne is served. Afterwards mingle with the audience and musicians and enjoy a light gourmet buffet from the award winning restaurant, Patina.
Tickets are $65 (includes gourmet buffet by Patina, coffee/tea, and champagne). Student prices are available. For more information see: www.LeSalondeMusiques.com