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Sunday, October 5

Pianist Nadia Shpachenko


5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Pianist Nadia Shpachenko performs Sergei Prokofiev: 10 Pieces for Piano, op. 12, and Alexander Scriabin: Sonata no. 9, op. 68, additional works to be announced.


Described by critics as a “truly inspiring and brilliant pianist . . . spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of techinque,” pianist Nadia Shpachenko has performed extensively in solo recitals and with orchestras in major venues across North America, Europe, and Asia. She has given world and national premieres of dozens of works by composers such as Elliott Carter, Henry Cowell, George Crumb, Tom Flaherty, Yury Ishchenko, Leon Kirchner, Dave Kopplin, James Matheson, Adam Schoenberg, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, and others. She has recently collaborated with such renowned artists as Emanuel Borok, Martin Chalifour, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Maia Jasper, David Korenvaar, Genevieve Lee, Julie Landsman, Ronald Leonard, Jerome Lowenthal, Victor Rosenbaum, Marek Szpakiewicz, and the Biava String Quartet. Dr. Shpachenko is currently associate professor of music at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; adjunct professor of music at the Claremont Graduate University; and piano faculty at the Montecito International Music Festival. In addition, she has recently served as faculty at numerous other music schools and festivals. Winner of many international piano competitions, Dr. Shpachenko frequently gives master classes in conservatories and universities in the United States and abroad. She completed her doctor of musical arts and master of music degrees at the University of Southern California, where she was awarded the title of outstanding graduate.




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Monday, October 6

Story Time in the Boone Children's Gallery


5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Ever wonder why dragons love tacos and why crayons decided to quit one day? Join Boone Gallery staff every Monday and Friday at 2 pm in the Korean art galleries as they take us on a reading journey into a world of folk tales and colors. Relate the stories to the art in the Chinese and Korean galleries in a comfortable space suitable for families and children of all ages. Admission is free!

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Free Members-Only Screening: Whiplash


5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


2014, 106 min, color, DCP.  Includes a conversation with director Damien Chazelle, and actors Miles Teller, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, and J.K. Simmons

Whiplash, writer-director Damien Chazelle’s short film about the relationship between an eager, obsessed jazz drumming student and his punishing and exacting instructor, won the attention of audiences at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A year later, Chazelle brought a full-length version of Whiplash to Park City. Starring Miles Teller as the absorbed protégé and J. K. Simmons as his mercurial and intense teacher who assaults his student’s devotion as if it were a crash cymbal, Chazelle's feature debut seduces and stuns with the alacrity of a hard bop classic. The film won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance. Whiplash has since played Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Chazelle is on hand to describe the experience of making a short, then embarking on a feature version of it, eventually finding a way to breathe new life into the project. The Q&A with Chazelle, Teller, Reiser, Benoist, and Simmons immediately follows the screening.

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Tuesday, October 7

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Friday, October 10