About Chamber Music Palisades

Short History

Founded in 1997 by four citizens of the Los Angeles coastal community of Pacific Palisades, including two professional musicians, Chamber Music Palisades is a non-profit, public benefit corporation dedicated to the promotion and support of classical music. CMP produces professional chamber music concerts, commissions new works (more than ten to date) and provides educational opportunities for young people by performing free concerts in local schools and in local venues for community families. Guest artists are largely drawn from the ranks of: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, music faculties of regional universities and colleges, and the Hollywood recording industry. CMP’s Artistic Directors, pianist Delores Stevens and flutist Susan Greenberg, have joined with distinguished guest artists to make a state-of-the-art audio/visual DVD recording of the Shostakovich Piano Quartet and the Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp for AIX Records.

Delores Stevens, co-artistic director/piano

Delores Stevens

Delores Stevens is a concert pianist actively performing in many chamber music and new music series in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. She is Artistic Director and pianist for the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s Summer Music Festival now in its 40th year. She is also Co-Artistic Director and pianist for Chamber Music Palisades in Los Angeles now in its 14th season. Recently she accepted the position of Co-Artistic Director for the newly-formed Music and Conversations series in Los Angeles. She has been honored by the National Association of Composers for “Outstanding achievement in Contemporary Music”. She performed a commissioned piano concerto by Maria Newman with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and the Santa Monica Symphony. She has been a frequent guest artist at the Ojai Music Festival, Monday Evening Concerts and the Green Umbrella series among others.In the field of music education she is Director of Chamber Music Studies for the Young Musicians Foundation in Los Angeles and has been a member of the music faculty at Mount St. Mary’s College for 40 years. For 20 years, she was Director of Piano Studies at California State University at Dominguez Hills. She has completed recordings for 12 labels, most recently: a solo piano CD “Pilgrimage”, a Brahms Piano Quintet on DVD, a Shostakovich Quintet on DVD for AIX Records, Ned Rorem’s “Oboe Book” and the JS Bach oboe and harpsichord sonatas with internationally acclaimed oboist Humbert Lucarelli and William Kraft’s “Concerto a Tre” for Albany Records. The latter two recordings have recently been released.

Susan Greenberg, co-artistic director/flute

Susan Greenberg Norman

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.” As a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra from 1975-2011,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. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, L.A. Opera, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, 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 was a fellowship recipient to Tanglewood and to the Music Academy of the West. She received both her B.A., cum laude, and her M.A. from UCLA. Ms. Greenberg is presently an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and has also taught at California Institute of the Arts and Occidental College. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Chamber Music Palisades, now celebrating its fifteenth season (www.cmpalisades.org). She often performs at LACMA and at the South Bay Chamber Music Series. Ms. Greenberg has recorded for over 500 motion pictures and is the flutist for The Simpsons television show.

Officers/Directors

President: James Stevens
Vice President:  C.S. Gee
Secretary: Alice Mitchell
Treasurer: Dr. Michael NormanArtistic Director: Susan Greenberg
Artistic Director: Delores StevensSheila Bjornlie
Anne Dachs
Tanya Evtuhov
Laraine Kokin
Fred Samulon
Nancy Varat
Dottie Weiler

CMP Alumni

Violinists

Margaret Batjer, Nina Evtuhov, Clayton Haslop, Susan Jensen, Kathleen Lenski, Ida Levin, Mark Menzies,Sara Parkins, Tereza Stanislav, Sarah Thornblade, Josephina Vergara, Bing Wang, Roger Wilkie, Nancy Wu

Violists

Robert Brophy, Helen Callus

Paul Coletti, Brian Dembow, John Hayhurst, Roland Kato, Michael Nowak, Margaret Parkins, Carla MariaRodrigues, Marda Todd, Evan Wilson, Scott Woolweaver

Cellists

Stephen Erdody, Trevor Handy, Armen Ksajikian, Timothy Landauer, Ronald Leonard, Antonio Lysy, Wilhelmina Smith, David Speltz, Peter Stumpf, Cecilia Tsan, John Walz

Bassists

Leigh Mesh, Nico Abondolo

Winds and Brass

Jonathan Davis, Judith Farmer, Donald Foster,  Anne Marie Gabriel, Gary Gray, Michael Grego, James Kanter, Humbert Lucarelli, Brian O’Connor, Michael O’Donovan, Danielle Ondarza, Joshua Ranz, Leslie Reed, Gerard Reuter, Paul Stevens, Rick Todd, Tereza Tunnicliff,  Carolyn Beck, Allan Vogel, Alex Iles, Jon Lewis, Helen Goode,

Harp, Piano, and Vocalists

Maria Jette, Elissa Johnston, Lou Anne Neill, Francoise Regnet, Susan Svrcek, Jo Ann Turovsky, Maria Casale

Percussionists

David Johnson, Edward Atkatz

Guitarists

Scott Tennant, Martha Masters

Composers

Alan Chapman, Byron Adams, Adrienne Albert, Jane Brockman, Paul Chihara, Tania Gabriel French, Peter Golub, Henri Lazarof, Joel McNeely, Damian Montano, Maria Newman, Alex Shapiro, Gernot Wolfgang

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