About Us

Classical Revolution: L.A. presents chamber music in relaxed, accessible venues throughout the greater Los Angeles area. The group makes “chamber music cozy comfy in bars, clubs, coffee shops” and more “unexpected hangouts.” (L.A. Weekly) Mark Swed of the L.A. Times called it an “addictive new series,” that can make chamber music “startlingly subversive.” Classical Revolution was founded in 2006 at the Revolution Cafe in San Francisco. The Classical Revolution model has spread around the world, with over 30 active chapters in cities around the US, Canada and Europe.

Co-Directors

Dr. Sarah Robinson is a founding member of Helix Collective, a Los Angeles-based band that performs a high-energy, out-of-the-box mix of world, classical and rock n’ roll.  Helix is at home in nightclubs and on the concert stage from a residency at the venerable Silverlake Lounge to performances for the West Michigan and Pacific Symphonies. Helix Collective records as a film scoring ensemble and hosts live score-to-screen film events. Helix released two critically acclaimed albums – All In and World Dance Club. Sarah has served as co-director of Classical Revolution: L.A. since its inception in 2011. Sarah performs frequently as a chamber, orchestral and recording musician in Los Angeles. She can be heard on the soundtracks to the films Pressure Man, Monroe, Driving Thought, Toxic Temptation and Bandit. 

 

Phil Popham may be heard on numerous film and television soundtracks, including Planet Earth II, Impossible, Asterix and Obelix: IV, Emo Dad, Unfallen, Princess Cyd, Tick Tock, Soar, Toxic Temptation, The Wars of Other Men, Spike TV’s Tut, and USA Network’s The Moment. His playing has been described as “fearless, ravishing, elegant” and even “fly-ass” by music critics. He holds positions with the West Michigan Symphony, Pacific Opera Project,  and has performed with the Golden State Pops, L.A. Virtuosi, Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Hollywood Film Orchestra, Orchestra Santa Monica, and the Los Angeles, New Valley, Grand Rapids, New World,  and South Bend Symphonies. An award-winning composer, Phil is Composer-In-Residence of the Tahoe Chamber Music Society, Educational Composer for the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and Composer for Helix Collective, for which he developed the Club Classical music genre. American Record Guide stated that his work The Pharmacy was “a piece any group would love to play, and any audience would love to hear.” Phil is also the founder of Phat Yak Records, which specializes in Club Classical albums. 

 

Kimberly Hain began her musical studies at a young age, and continued to study the violin seriously through high-school and college.  She received a B.M.E. from Cedarville University, an M.M. in violin performance from the University of Northern Colorado, an M.M. in chamber music from Kent State University, and a D.M.A. in violin performance from The Florida State University.  As an avid chamber musician, Kim studied for two years with the Miami String Quartet, and has spent many years playing in professional string quartets.  In 2011, she moved to San Diego and began Quartet Nouveau, a non-profit musical organization dedicated to high-quality chamber music performances and educational programs for young musicians. Kim moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to further her music career.  She serves as Concertmaster for Center Stage Opera, Directs the Center Stage Opera Chamber Ensemble and co-directs Classical Revolution LA.  She also regularly plays with the Dream Orchestra, Redlands Symphony, Bakersfield Symphony, and the Fresno Philharmonic. In addition to performing, Kim has been teaching privately for over 10 years and maintains a studio here in Los Angeles.

 

Dr. Rachel Van Amburgh is a dynamic, versatile oboist and dedicated teacher, driven to make art music more accessible, relevant, and meaningful to people from all walks of life. She has served as Principal Oboist of the Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra, and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Downey Symphony, Eastern Sierra Symphony, Bakersfield Symphony, Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Dream Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Choir, and Pasadena Master Chorale, among others. Rachel is also devoted teacher, and maintains a private studio in Los Angeles along with serving on the faculty at Glendale Community College. She is a founder of the chamber ensemble Switch, whose mission is to obliterate the 4th wall and replace it with conversation, engagement, and stiff drinks.