Superstar organist Cameron Carpenter is coming to The Granada Theatre on Monday, February 12. downtown Santa Barbara! Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures, Carpenter performs with his International Touring Organ; a self-designed electric instrument that has made him world-renowned.
Carpenter spent his youth training at the American Boychoir School and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He moved on from his years as a child prodigy to study at Julliard, where he obtained two degrees. Carpenter is the first solo organist to ever be nominated for a Grammy Award for a solo album and was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Award in 2012. After launching his International Touring Organ in 2014, Carpenter became the first organist in history to prefer the digital organ to the pipe organ. He launched the instrument in tours throughout Europe and the United States, receiving world-wide praise and admiration for his “ambition, visual flair, technological savvy, inclusive tastes and bold, boundary-breaking musicianship” (Wall Street Journal).
The International Touring Organ is the eighth organ designed by Marshall & Ogletree, unique in its sound and mobility. The organ can be assembled in less than three hours, and travels in a single large truck.
Carpenter has one of the most diverse repertoires of any organist, including works by J.S. Bach, film scores and original compositions. You won’t want to miss this unique, energized performance this Monday at The Granada Theatre (1214 State St.). The performance will start at 7 p.m..