Chamber Music Palisades Returns on September 20

Chamber Music Palisades Artistic Director Susan Greenberg will perform.

It has been a long summer without concerts in Pacific Palisades. The dearth of music ends at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, when Chamber Music Palisades opens its 27th season with “Music from Many Countries” in the sanctuary St. Matthew’s Parish.

A joyful evening is in store with a program that includes Piazzolla Histoire du Tango, Castelnuovo-Tedesco Fantasia, Villa-Lobos Duo, Saint-Saens Tarantelle, Op.6,  Ginastera Danzas Argentinas and Bizet Carmen Fantasy.

Kenton Youngstrom

Performers include guitarist Kenton Youngstrom, whose performing career has taken him around the world, including appearances as soloist with orchestra, international tours with the Falla Guitar Trio and Quarteto Nuevo, concerts and recitals with jazz notables that include pianist Dave Brubeck, flutist Hubert Laws, bassist Scott Colley, drummer Paul Kribeck and guitarist Larry Koonse.

Youngstrom has played nationally with the Margo Rey rock group and is on the faculty at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and Pasadena City College. He also sang and performed on a prize-winning float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

Pierre Long-Tao Tang

Pierre Long-Tao Tang serves as the conductor for the annual musical theatre and opera productions at Pepperdine University. In his most recent guest appearance with Diamond Bar High School from California, Dr. Tang conducted Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique at the newly renovated David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, New York City, receiving positive reviews.

In addition to his orchestral pursuits, Tang holds master’s degrees in wind conducting and choral music and presented his scholarly research on band education at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles and California All-State Music Education Conference. He serves as director of music and organist at Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church.

Michele Zukovsky

Also performing is Michele Zukovsky who recently retired from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared many times as a soloist with the Philharmonic, at the Hollywood Bowl, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  She has been a guest soloist with many orchestras around the world, including the world premiere performance of John Williams’ Clarinet Concerto with the Boston Pops.  She is currently on the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music and the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

Susan Greenberg, a 36-member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, principal flute at Santa Monica Symphony, and President and Artistic Director of Chamber Music Palisades, will also be featured.

Greenberg has appeared as guest soloist with the San Francisco and Oakland Symphonies, 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.

Greenberg received the “Most Valuable Player” award on the flute from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCLA, and is presently the flute professor at Pepperdine University and Santa Monica College.

Alan Chapman, KUSC host and long-time Chamber Music Palisades associate, will provide informative in-person program notes.

Tickets ($35) will be available online at or at the door at 1031 Bienveneda Avenue, Pacific Palisades. CMP offers free admission for full-time students with an ID.


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