LA Chamber Orchestra, Acclaimed Mandolinist Avi Avital Headline Free Community Concert

Posted on Dec 9 by SEASONS Magazine

Avi Avital, courtesy photo.

Avi Avital, courtesy photo.

The Community Arts Music Association (CAMA) of Santa Barbara will present a free community concert featuring renowned mandolin soloist Avi Avital and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performing works by Italian Baroque master Antonio Vivaldi at The Granada Theatre on Tuesday, December 11. Beginning at 8 p.m., the performance will include Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins in G Minor, his Concerto for Two Violins in A Minor, and The Four Seasons, his beloved collection of violin concerti. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“In celebration of a century of great music in Santa Barbara and with continuing appreciation for the generations of concertgoers and patrons who have made this legacy possible, CAMA’s Board of Directors is pleased to sponsor this free community concert,” says CAMA Executive Director Mark Trueblood. “In keeping with our rich history of civic engagement, we are emphasizing community partnerships throughout our centennial season in 2018-19. Thank you to ‘the CAMA Family’ of engaged music lovers who have made Santa Barbara a classical music capital for 100 concert seasons!”

The first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy, Avital is one of the world’s foremost ambassadors for his instrument. Passionate and “explosively charismatic” (The New York Times) in live performance, he is a driving force behind the reinvigoration of the mandolin repertory.

He will be the featured soloist for Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons on December 11.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, courtesy photo.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, courtesy photo.

Beloved by audiences and praised by critics, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) is a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks, as well as a champion of contemporary composers. The ensemble has been proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” (Public Radio International), “LA’s most unintimidating chamber music experience” (Los Angeles Magazine), “resplendent” (the Los Angeles Times), and “one of the world’s great chamber orchestras” (KUSC Classical FM). Founded in 1968 as an artistic outlet for the recording industry’s most gifted musicians, the orchestra has made 31 recordings; toured Europe, South America, and Japan; performed across North America; and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for adventurous programming.

A pre-concert lecture by musicologist David Malvinni will precede the December 11 performance. A classical guitarist and author, Malvinni created CAMA’s music education program, which reaches students in more than a dozen area elementary schools, grades four through six. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for the 7 p.m. lecture in the McCune Founders Room.

CAMA’s centennial concert season continues with appearances by iconic violinist Itzhak Perlman (January 15, Granada Theatre); the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of Nicholas McGegan (February 5, Granada Theatre); the Russian National Orchestra (February 27, Granada Theatre); the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (March 9, Lobero Theatre); London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen (March 20, Granada Theatre); renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson (March 30, Lobero Theatre); the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (April 5, Granada Theatre); award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich (April 17, Lobero Theatre); and legendary cellist Mischa Maisky (May 6, Lobero Theatre).

Complete season information is available online at For community concert ticket availability, please call the Granada Theatre box office at 805/899-2222.


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