11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Laemmle Monica Film Center
1332 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
LAEMMLE LIVE presents Beverly Hills National Auditions Winner CANTILENA TRIO featuring SUSAN GREENBERG, flute; JON LEE KEENAN, tenor; and KENTON YOUNGSTROM, guitar. These three consummate ensemble artists and good friends are favorites among Southern California aficionados. The program will include works by Wolfgang Mozart, John Dowland, Vincenzo Bellini, Isaac Albéniz, Gabriel Fauré, Astor Piazzolla, I Bordel 1900, Aaron Copland and Fred Ahlert.
Flutist Susan Greenberg enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, symphony player, and recording artist. The Los Angeles Times has described her playing as "brilliant," "elegant" and "supple," and has lauded her "panache" and "musical projection." During her 36 years with the LA Chamber Orchestra, she was a frequent soloist on both flute and piccolo, premiering a concerto for piccolo by Bruce Broughton and performing a concerto for flute, alto flute and piccolo written for her by Gernot Wolfgang. Ms. Greenberg has also appeared as guest soloist with the San Francisco and Oakland Symphonies, the Santa Monica Symphony, the Napa Valley Symphony, and at the Hollywood Bowl. Presently she is the principal flutist with the Santa Monica Symphony and the Vicente Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, L.A. Opera, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theater, as well as at the Casals, Ojai and Martha's Vineyard Music Festivals. Ms. Greenberg was the principal flutist for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra's tour of Japan, and has received the "Most Valuable Player" award on the flute from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. She received both her B.A., cum laude, and her M.A. from UCLA. She won a scholarship to the Academy of the West and to Tanglewood. Ms. Greenberg is presently the flute professor at Pepperdine University and Santa Monica College. She has also taught at California Institute of the Arts, Occidental College and El Camino College. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Chamber Music Palisades, now celebrating its twenty-first season. Ms. Greenberg has recorded for over 500 motion pictures and many TV television shows, including the Simpsons for 25 years.
Versatile tenor Jon Lee Keenan is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. Influenced at a young age by his father, a classically trained musician and jazz saxophonist, Jon cultivated an interest in performing in a variety of musical styles. After studying Classical Voice and Jazz Bass at UNLV, Jon relocated to Southern California to pursue a career in classical singing, and study vocal arts at the USC Thornton School of Music. Shortly after moving to LA, Jon was selected to join the LA Master Chorale and has been featured as a soloist at Walt Disney Concert Hall in each season since. Recent highlights with the Chorale include the role of "Evangelist" in Bach's St. Matthew Passion, tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah and Bach's Magnificat. In recent years, Jon has helped create several new exciting characters through collaborations with experimental opera producers at The Industry LA, including "Clyde Barrow" in Bonnie and Clyde (Andrew McIntosh), "Little Monk" in Brecht's Galileo (Andy Akiho), and "Gunner" in War of the Worlds (Anne Gosfeld). Jon recently recorded the role "Gniphos" in the LA Philharmonic's production of Lou Harrison's Young Caesar, released internationally in 2018 on The Industry Records. This season's highlights include appearances with the Corona Del Mar Baroque Festival in Bach's Magnificat; Various roles in John Cage's Europeras I and II with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and an international tour of Lagrime di San Pietro with music by Orlando di Lasso and staging by Peter Sellars. When not singing, Jon can be found playing Jazz Bass with "Citizen Kitten".
Kenton Youngstrom, guitarist, composer, and educator is the first in a long line of prize-winning students of Jim Smith at the University of Southern California. While earning his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, he studied composition with Donald Crockett, arranging with Darniell Pershing, and film scoring with David Raksin. His eclectic performing career has taken him around the world, including appearances as a soloist with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and Redlands Symphony. He toured internationally with the Falla Guitar Trio, performing at the Dubrovnik Festival in former Yugoslavia, in Hong Kong, Geneva, throughout the U.S, Canada, and Mexico, and for Radio France. Mr. Youngstrom has performed concerts and recitals with numerous jazz notables such as pianists Taylor Eigsti and Dave Brubeck, flutist Hubert Laws, bassist Scott Colley and guitarist Larry Koonse. Producing credits include the Falla Guitar Trio's Concord Records LP, "Virtuoso Music for Three Guitars" which won a Record of the Year Award from Stereo Review magazine. His most recent release, 2015's "Voices of the Collection, Volumes 1 & 2", featuring 55 classical pieces performed on 55 world-class instruments, was recorded for the Second Edition of Sheldon Urlik's book A Collection of Fine Spanish Guitars From Torres to the Present (Sunny Knoll Publishing). Mr. Youngstrom teaches guitar at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts.