Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds

Posted on Sep 30 by SEASONS Magazine

Bill Murray and Jan Vogler, Courtesy Photo UCSB Arts & Lectures.

This month Santa Barbara residents have the opportunity to catch the Southern California debut of Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends performing New Worlds, on Friday, October 6 at the Granada Theatre

Hollywood A-lister Murray joins good friend and brilliant cellist Vogler in a spirited program celebrating the works of Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote and Mark Twain. Attendees are treated to a vibrant performance featuring Murray’s recital of songs and literary readings paired with chamber music. This is a fascinating encounter between great music and literature featuring celebrated masters of the arts.

New Worlds showcases the core of American values found in literature and music, while honoring the bridges artists have built between America and Europe. Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Cooper, Bernstein, Gershwin and Foster are some of the strongest voices that have influenced generations in America, giving the world a picture of the energy and creative force of the New World.

Murray performs in his unique style while Vogler leads a trio featuring violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez performing Bach, Ravel and Piazzolla. New Worlds delights and surprises audiences with an unforgettable mashup of classics alongside contemporary hits by Van Morrison and more. 

Vogler is one of today’s most renowned soloists and frequently performs with leading international orchestras including New York Philharmonic, Boston, Pittsburgh and Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and many others. 

Mira Wang studied violin at Boston University and is the recipient of the prestigious Kahn Award for outstanding musicians, First Prize of the International Violin Competition in Geneva and the First Prize of the International Violin Competition in New Zealand, among others. Wang has appeared with international orchestras such as Staatskapelle Dresden, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Vanessa Perez is a Venezuelan-American pianist and has degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London and Yale UniversityShe has performed across the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Her solo work includes Presenting Vanessa Perez and her recording of Chopin, The Complete Preludes, which reached #5 on the Billboard charts.

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends, Courtesy UCSB Arts & Lectures.

New Worlds is October 6 at 7 p.m. at the Granada Theatre. For tickets or more information about the show, call UCSB Arts and Lectures at 805/893-3535 or visit their website here.

Lohana Richmond


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