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Music in the Mansion

The City of Beverly Hills prides itself in bringing its residents, visitors and patrons of the arts the finest in solo and chamber music performances. Since 1994, under Artistic Director Laura Schmieder, Music in the Mansion at Greystone Park has presented concerts featuring selected prize-winning international and local artists.

Music in the Mansion | Fiato String Quartet


Recorded live at the Greystone Mansion Living Room on April 23, 2023. The Fiato Quartet, formed in 2008, features Carrie Kennedy, Joel Pargman, Aaron Oltman and Ryan Sweeney. They hold degrees in performance from USC, Rice, Northwestern and SUNY Stony Brook. They each have active concert careers with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, New West Symphony, and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra. As studio musicians, they record music for movies, television and records. Fiato has performed on many chamber music series throughout Los Angeles and toured Costa Rica as part of Festival Credomatic. Fiato has a passion for new music, having performed 10 world premieres. Carrie Kennedy has soloed with orchestras throughout the U.S. and has given concerts in eleven countries. She is a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, and Los Angeles Master Chorale. Carrie holds an MM from SUNY Stony Brook and a BM from USC. Joel Pargman is a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, and the Pasadena Symphony. As a member of the Denali Quartet, Pargman spent eight years as artist-in-residence for the ‚??Jacaranda‚?? concert series. He has premiered new works by composers Andrew Norman, Donald Crockett, and Ben Johnston, among others. Aaron Oltman performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Symphony, and New West Symphony. He has appeared in chamber music concerts for Camerata Pacifica, Sundays Live at LACMA, South Bay Chamber Music Society, LA Philharmonic's Green Umbrella series, and is active in the Recording Industry. Ryan Sweeney is a talented cellist known for his performances with major orchestras in the Los Angeles area, including the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, and Pasadena Symphony & Pops. He has also performed on the soundtracks of several Hollywood films. In addition to performing, Ryan is a dedicated cello teacher

Music in the Mansion | Seraphour Voice Ensemble


Recorded live at the Greystone Mansion Living Room on April 22, 2023. Presenting pieces from the Renaissance to present day and commissioning new works, Seraphour‚??s music celebrates the tradition of beauty that spans centuries and inspires souls. The all-female vocal quartet, comprised of Heidi Vass, Melissa Birch, Emma Grace Roche, and Dana Rouse, was named a winner in the 2022 Beverly Hills National Competition. Their debut album, ‚??Angele Dei,‚?? was released in October 2021 and has been featured on classical radio stations, syndicated NPR and PBS programs nationally. In addition to terrestrial radio, ‚??Angele Dei‚?? can be heard and downloaded on all streaming platforms. In addition to live performances, Seraphour is currently working on a series of audio/visual projects and a follow-up album. For more information visit or follow them on social media @seraphour. Soprano Heidi Valencia Vass has performed and recorded extensively in musical theatre, opera, oratorio, and crossover genres. She received her dramatic acting/speech training at Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in New York City. She has sung with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Luke‚??s Orchestra and New Jersey Symphony and has been a featured soloist with The Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, New West Symphony, Palm Springs Opera Guild, and the Concordia Master Series among others. Vass has performed extensively on the recital stage and is a member of the Aret√© Vocal Ensemble. Winner in numerous vocal competitions focusing on both musical theatre and classical singing, her albums, Reflections (recorded with the Budapest Symphony) and Shades are available on iTunes and can be heard on Spotify and Pandora. Ms. Vass earned BM degree at Westminster Choir College and MM degree at the USC. She is also the author of the interactive textbook, Foundations in Singing; A guidebook for singers. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Recording Academy, ASCAP, and the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, she has held music faculty posts at USC, Pepperdine, and California Lutheran University. Mezzo-Soprano Melissa Birch has performed both nationally and internationally in countries including England, Germany, Italy and throughout the United States. She has collaborated with groups such as the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, the New West Symphony, and the San Bernardino Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance from Valparaiso University. Throughout her university career, Melissa was music director and vice president of the VU Acabellas and a member the Sigma Alpha Iota. She has also enjoyed performing in multiple choirs including Valparaiso University Chorale, Anglia Ruskin Chamber Choir, The Church of the Epiphany‚??s Schola, Los Robles Master Chorale, and Aret√© Vocal Ensemble. At her own private music studio she teaches both voice and piano, and is currently pursuing a degree in Education. Dana Rouse, Mezzo-Soprano, has been teaching and performing for over 25 years and has held teaching positions at SUNY Fredonia, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Rouse performs regularly both as a chorister and soloist. She sang with the Eastman Rochester Chorus, Cincinnati Opera Chorus, Los Robles Master Chorale, and is currently a member of the Arete Vocal Ensemble in residence at CLU. Rouse has performed in concert with the New West Symphony, Eastman Philharmonic, and Westlake Village Symphony. She regularly collaborates with Peace in Concert, Fall of Ai Productions, and the Westlake Chamber Society as a soloist and also serves as the worship leader Monte Vista Presbyterian Church in Newbury Park. Rouse received a Bachelor‚??s Degree in vocal performance from Biola University. Her Master‚??s Degree in operatic performance and literature is from Eastman School of Music. She also studied in the DMA program at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in vocal performance and pedagogy. Emma Grace Roche has performed with companies across the United States including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, San Diego Opera, The NY Philharmonic, The Pacific Symphony, Utah Festival Opera, and Los Angeles Opera. Her favorite roles include Kathie in The Student Prince, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, and Belinda in Dido & Aeneas. As a soloist she has performed Handel‚??s Messiah, Bach‚??s Magnificat, Mendelssohn‚??s Elijah, and the Faur√© Requiem. Emma has received several honors and awards including an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a winner in regional competitions. Roche received a Masters of Music degree in Voice Performance from the USC Thornton School of Music.

Music In The Mansion | OC Classical Trio


Recorded live at the Greystone Mansion Living Room on April 21, 2023. The OC Classical Trio was brought to life in Irvine, California, in 2023 by the flutist Antonina StyczeŇ?. Winning Beverly Hills National Audition in 2022 allowed Antonina a long-awaited opportunity to create a trio with musicians‚??Pola Benke (cello) and Phillip Matsuura (piano) ‚?? with whom she has been collaborating for many seasons on different chamber music and recording projects in Orange County and Los Angeles. This year‚??s Music in the Mansion marks the trio‚??s debut. A dynamic flutist and entrepreneur, Antonina StyczeŇ? has appeared in unlikely spaces as a concerto soloist and created large-scale, crowd-sourced projects, emphasizing performances that include improvisation, electronics, deejay, her own compositions, and works by female composers. A First Prize and special prize winner for the Best Performance at the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, StyczeŇ? is a winner of numerous competition and awards, including International Classical Music Award and the Prize of German Critics for her debut album. In 2020, Ms. StyczeŇ? initiated the Sunbeam Project, devoted to commissioning and recording new works created in COVID conditions. Ms. StyczeŇ? is an Acting President of the San Diego Flute Guild and leads private teaching studio in Irvine. She is touring worldwide with popular Iranian singer Googoosh while pursuing graduate studies at the University of Southern California. Polish-born cellist Pola Benke holds a master‚??s degree in Cello Performance from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, with postgraduate studies at Azusa Pacific University, where she also earned a Master's Degree in Conducting in 2021. Awarded full scholarships throughout her education, she was one of 12 conductors selected worldwide to participate in master classes with renowned conductor Neeme J√§rvi. As a cellist she has been performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member in the United States, Canada and Europe and participated in many major music festivals. Pola has also appeared on Glee. From 2015-2021 she was a member of Sinfonietta Cracovia in Poland under the patronage of Krzysztof Penderecki. In 2017 she initiated a foundation ‚??Cykada‚?? where she holds the position of an artist director of the ‚??Hello-Cello‚?? festival. She is currently living and performing in Los Angeles. Phillip Matsuura enjoys an active and varied career as a pianist in many mediums. Highly sought-after as a collaborator, chamber musician and ballet pianist, his recital partners have included principals of Jacksonville and Kansas City Symphonies, and vocal clients have included singers affiliated with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Staatstheater Darmstadt and the Wiener Kammeroper. He is currently a studio pianist for American Ballet Theatre's School at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, and has played for such companies as the Bolshoi Ballet, Boston Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Ballet Chicago and Visceral Dance Chicago. Presently, he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Thornton School of Music at USC. He holds MM from the Northwestern University and a BM from the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College.

Music In The Mansion | Shining Sounds Ensemble


Recorded live at the Greystone Mansion Living Room on April 20, 2023. Shining Sound Ensemble: Los Angeles-based soprano Marina Hovhannisyan is a vocal performer and Master‚??s candidate at the USC Thornton School of Music. Her work is focused on Armenian sacred and folk music, as well as on European, Renaissance, and Baroque repertoires. As the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, Marina places active emphasis on performance and interpretation of ancient Armenian melodies. With experience in leading choral and instrumental ensembles and participating as soloist in groups based in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Paris, Marina's musical interests extend into vocal performance and ensemble direction. Grygorii Koval graduated from Zurich University of the Arts in 2017 with a B.A. in Music Performance and an M.A. in Music Pedagogy. A soloist and chamber musician, in 2021 Koval received his second Master‚??s Degree in Music Performance at Lugano Conservatoire, where he studied with famous Prof. Lorenzo Micheli. Currently he is pursuing his DMA in classical guitar performance and is a teaching assistant at USC Thornton School of Music with renowned faculty Bill Kanengiser. Bradley Adam J. Bascon began studying violin when he was four years old, and at age six, won grand prize at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival. Winner in the Junior Division of Redlands Bowl in 2015, he has performed as a soloist at the Disney Concert Hall, in Spain, Portugal, and at the 2012 London Olympics with the Irvine Classical Players Orchestra. He recently performed the Korngold Violin Concerto with the American Modern Orchestra. Bascon graduated with BM in Performance at the Thornton School of Music where he is currently pursuing his MM. Eric Tinkerhess is a cellist, viola da gambist, composer, and musicologist with a B.A. in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, M.A. from the Paris Conservatory, and M.A. in Interpretation of Early Music from the Sorbonne. His recordings with Audax Records have received awards from the international press and his compositions have been performed at the Chautauqua Music Festival in New York, the Music Academy of the West in California, and the Salle Cortot in Paris. He is currently a PhD student of musicology at the University of Southern California.

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