Community Arts Music Association of Santa Barbara Unveils Centennial Season Program

Posted on Sep 28 by SEASONS Magazine


From 1921-1924, the Community Arts Association's Music Branch (today's CAMA) sponsored and supported the Community Arts String Orchestra, founded by Belgian-born Georges "Roger" Clerbois. Depicted here in 1921, the Orchestra was a mainstay of early Association programming. Photo courtesy CAMA.

From 1921-1924, the Community Arts Association’s Music Branch (today’s CAMA) sponsored and supported the Community Arts String Orchestra, founded by Belgian-born Georges “Roger” Clerbois. Depicted here in 1921, the Orchestra was a mainstay of early Association programming. Photo courtesy CAMA.

This year marks the centennial celebration of the Community Arts Music Association (CAMA), the city’s oldest arts organization. CAMA’s mission has always been to bring the Santa Barbara community world-renowned classical artists and orchestras to add to the city’s cultural life. These live performances, known for their artistic excellence, are always accompanied by CAMA’s focus on music education programs for all ages.

CAMA has given so much to the people of Santa Barbara and their centennial season program is no exception. The Granada Theatre and Lobero Theatre will host a total of 12 concerts in its 2018-19 season. 

The Granda Theatre will host an International Series with performances from all over the world.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic will open CAMA’s 100th concert season with a performance of Masaot/Clocks without Hands by contemporary Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth and Anton Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No. 4. British conductor Daniel Harding will lead the orchestra for this concert on Sunday, October 28 at 4 p.m.

Directed by legendary Nicholas McGegan, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra will perform works by Mozart, Schubert, and Franz Clement on Tuesday, February 5.

The Russian National Orchestra will perform an all-Rachmaninoff program to mark the 100th anniversary of the composer’s immigration to the United States in 1918 on Tuesday, February 27.

For his 14th appearance for CAMA, innovative director Esa-Pekka Salonen leads London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, which will perform Arnold Schönberg’s expansively Romantic tone poem Verklärte Nacht as well as Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No.7 on Wednesday, March 20.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will make its CAMA debut on Friday, April 5 performing symphonies by Sibelius and Prokofiev as well as Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on A Theme of PaganiniOlga Kern, the first woman in more than 30 years to receive the Gold Medal at the prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Competition in 2001, will be featured in the latter.

Classical music icon Itzhak Perlman will perform with pianist Rohan De Silva on Tuesday, January 15 at 7 p.m. This is Perlman’s sixth CAMA concert appearance, the first being as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 21 in 1967.

The Lobero Theatre will host CAMA’s Masterseries for the 2018-19 series starting on Friday, November 9 with acclaimed pianist Richard Goode who will perform works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin, as well as Leoš Janáček’s ravishing piano cycle In the Mists.

The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra will present Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House on Saturday, March 9. It will feature Demetri Petsalakis (oud), Naghmeh Farahmand (percussion), singer Maryem Tollar, and noted stage personality Alon Nashman. The work fuses European and Arabic music to tell the story of two cities with shared tradition of coffee houses. 

One of the finest pianists of his generation, Garrick Olhsson will perform an all-Brahms program on Saturday, March 30. An Avery Fisher Prize recipient, Mr. Ohlsson remains the only American to have won a Gold Medal at the International Chopin Competition.

Named Instrumentalist of the Year for 2018 by Musical America, violinist Augustin Hadelich will perform works by Beethoven, Debussy, Brahms, and others on Wednesday, April 17. For his fourth CAMA appearance, he will be accompanied by the talented pianist Orion Weiss.

For the closing recital of CAMA’s 100th concert season, Latvian-born Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky will share the stage with his daughter, the fine Paris-born pianist Lily Maisky on Monday, May 6.

The season will also include a very special free community concert at the Granada Theatre on Tuesday, December 11. The performance will feature the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and celebrated mandolin soloist Avi Avital performing an all-Vivaldi program, including the Baroque master’s Concerto for Two Violins in G Minor, his Concerto for Two Violins in A Minor, and “The Four Seasons.”

The Granada Theatre is located at 1214 State St. and the Lobero Theatre is located at 33 E. Canon Perdido St., both in Santa Barbara. All performances will begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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Taryna Hollinger


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