For Immediate Release: The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Presents: Intimate Classics

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The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) is thrilled to once again present its Intimate Classics Series, featuring acclaimed performers Neave Trio, Michelle Cann, Ladino Soul, and Alex Holcomb. The singular series focuses on the finest chamber music, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern compositions, and some of today’s virtuosic piano and guitar masters. The Intimate Classics Series is held in the 400-seat Center Theater and runs from November 22, 2015 through May 8, 2016. For additional information, please visit

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido contributes to the national initiative to keep classical music thriving in the Southern California market by presenting modern masters and today’s foremost upstarts. The award-winning Neave Trio is comprised of violinist Anna Willaims, cellist Mikhail Veselov and pianist Toni James hailing from United States, Scotland and Russia. The trio takes its name from a Gaelic word meaning “bright” and “radiant,” and is considered one of the top emerging chamber ensembles.

Neave Trio has achieved international success with recent concerts in Guatemala, Belgium, Russia, and Norway and were named the first ever “Fisch/Axelrod Trio-in-Residence” at San Diego State University (Fall of 2012). Notable performances include recitals in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall Members of the trio have been recipients of the Lilian Fuchs Chamber Music Prize, the Gartoff Foundation Prize and the Eastman Chamber Music Honors Prize. The Trio has collaborated with distinguished artists including Menahem Pressler, Bonnie Hampton, Anne Marie McDermott, Pinchas Zukerman and more. They’re currently in residence at San Diego State University, as well as the LyricaFest and ArtsAhimsa music festivals.

*Neave Trio performs at the Center Theater on Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 3pm. More information can be found on

Michelle Cann, piano phenom, started her piano studies at the age of seven and has placed in various State, National and International competitions. At the age of 14, she made her first orchestral debut, and since then, has performed with the New Jersey, Florida, Tampa Bay, Salem and Cleveland Institute of Music Symphonies. Cann received her BM and MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and recently graduated with an Artist Diploma from Curtis Institute of Philadelphia. Her repertoire includes emotional interpretations of Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, and more.

Cann has performed at concert series and festivals nationwide, both as a soloist and with her sister Kimberly as part of The Cann Sisters Duo. She’s also been featured on NPR’s From the Top; was the inaugural performer on WRTI 90.1 Philadelphia’s new series, “In Recital,” and appeared on Philadelphia’s WHYY Television. Additionally, she’s toured with Curtis Institute of Philadelphia students and alumni (including Roberto Diaz, President of Curtis) in Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul.

*Michelle Cann performs at the Center Theater on Sunday, January 10, 2016 @ 6pm. More information can be found on

Encompassing the beauty and passion of traditional Sephardic, Ladino (Judaeo-Spanish) and Iberian music, Ladino Soul explores the use of rare and rich melodies and literature sources. The music travels through time and space, finding its sails in transit between the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Adriatic Seas, from Spain to Turkey, and North Africa to the Middle East. The group is comprised of internationally acclaimed classical soprano Ronit Widmann-Levy and world-renowned Spanish guitar maestro Angel Romero.

Known for her musical passion, Ronit’s luminary vocal performances are sung with warmth and beauty. She most recently showcased her abilities at her debut performance with the San Francisco Symphony. Angel Romero is a heavily sought-after musician, and has appeared as a soloist with such leading orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic to name a few. Together, Ronit and Angel recounthauntingly beautiful stories of love and life.

*Ladino Soul performs at the Center Theater on Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 3pm. More information can be found on

Alec Holcomb’s journey to mastering the classical guitar began when he was just six years old. At 11 yearsold, he was awarded the Myra Jackson Blair Music Scholarship to study as a pre-collegiate student with John Johns at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University. Now, at age 20, Holcomb has accumulated an impressive set of accolades including “First Prize” wins at the 2012 Parkening International Young Guitarist Competition and the 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition.

Holcomb has performed for NPR’s From The Top and was named the 2013 YoungArts National Finalist. He’s competed in and won several competitions, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Philadelphia. He studies with David Starobin and Jason Vieaux.

*Alec Holcomb performs at the Center Theater on Sunday, May 8, 2016 @ 3pm. More information can be found on



About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

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