Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra Serves up Woodwind Delicacies

Posted on Mar 17 by SEASONS Magazine

Courtesy Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

On Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m., the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, lead by Maestro Heiichiro Ohyama, presents A Woodwind Affair, a captivating performance of wind masterpieces by Stravinsky, Kurt Weill and other outstanding composers at the Lobero Theatre (33 E. Canon Perdido St.).

Prior to the concert, the Chamber Orchestra’s second “Supper Club” dinner of the current season will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Lobero courtyard, featuring Pence Ranch wines and exquisite Italian food by Chef Renato Moiso from the praised Via Maestra 42 restaurant.

With pieces, such as Poulenc’s delightful Suite française (d’après Claude Gervaise), Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, instilled with Russian-folk, Weill’s notable “Kleine Dreigroschenmusik” Suite from The Threepenny Opera and Jeff Scott’s graceful Sacred Women, this program will be a magnificent treat for woodwind enthusiasts.

Scott, a highly accomplished French horn player, is best recognized for being one of the founding members of the Grammy-nominated quintet Imani Winds, who have been described as “exuding a sultry sophistication” (The Washington Post). His arranging and composing credits include both theatrical production scores and original works for solo winds, wind and brass quintet, horn quartet and jazz ensembles.

Ohyama, currently in his 34th year as the ensemble’s music director and conductor, has served as principal violist and assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; principal chief conductor of the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan, and the Osaka Symphony Orchestra; artistic director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; and music director of the Nagasaki Music Festival. Ohyama was also a professor at the University of California from 1973 to 2003, receiving the 1991 Gruber Award for Excellence in Chamber Music Teaching in Los Angeles.

For tickets and more information, call 805/963-0761 or visit www.sbco.org/concerts/tickets.

—Kathryn Shim

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