Pianist Timothy Smith, professor of piano and head of piano studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage, will play a recital in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (UCSB) at 8 p.m. Friday, February 10. A “Liszt specialist,” Smith will play the Sonetto 123 del Petrarca from Années de Pèlerinage, Vol. 2, “Italie,” Vallee d’Obermann from Années de Pèlerinage, Vol. 1, “Suisse,” Au bord d’une source, and Mephisto Waltz. He will also perform Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Opus 110 and Silam Inua by the Alaskan composer, Craig Coray.
This is a generous program, particularly for those who adore the music of Franz Liszt (most pianists still seem to, and for good reason). The Beethoven Sonata is honored more by musicologists than by performances, but don’t let that put you off. It is a lyrical masterpiece of the very highest order, and Beethoven was deaf when he wrote it.
Tickets to this recital are $12 general admission, $7 for students, and are available only at the door.
At 3:30 p.m. this Sunday, February 12, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church (1300 East Valley Rd), the faculty and outstanding students of the UCSB Music Department will play a very special chamber music concert to benefit the Music Affiliates Student Scholarship Fund. Since Valentine’s Day will be just around the corner, the theme of the concert will be love and/or romance. The matinee entertainment is called “Hearts for the Arts: A Valentine Serenade.”
We will hear the gifted violinist Yuval Yaron play J. S. Bach’s Chaconne; the dazzling violist Helen Callus, with pianist Hee-Kyung Juhn, performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Sonata in C Minor (1824); master pianist Paul Berkowitz playing a brace of Impromptus from Franz Schubert’s Opus 90; pianist Philipp Richardsen in Franz Liszt’s Concert Paraphrase of Verdi’s “Rigoletto”; the Fantasie for Four Violas by York Bowen, performed by the UCSB Graduate Viola Quartet (Jennifer Eberhard, Sarah Carsmen, Leah Lucas, and Alison Bolton); Karl and Franz Doppler’s Hungarian Phantasy, with Shivhan Dohse and Jill Felber, flutes, Sarah Broomell, piano; and Bach’s Es Danken Dir, Gott, played by faculty hornist Steven Gross and the UCSB Horn Ensemble (Kelli Johannesen, James Riehl, Pat Rappleye, Zack Bertges, Scott Taylor, David Hoffman, Betty Shyu, Jeff Phaklides, Aaron Jones, Nick Walls, Myron Deale, George Gelles, and Richard Blades).
Tickets to this event are $25 general, $10 for students, $50 for patrons ($85 for patron couple), and can be purchased in advance at the Office of Community Relations (893-4388), or at the door on the day.
Finally, I must note that I should also, in this column, be telling you about the second and final concert of this season’s series by the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra’s Chamber Players. Unfortunately, this concert and the one scheduled in January have been cancelled due to a funding “shortfall.”
I consider this dark and ominous news. Here is what you won’t be hearing next Tuesday in Fleischmann Auditorium: Mozart’s Divertimento in B-flat for Two Clarinets and Bassoon, K. 229 (439b), Anton Reicha’s Woodwind Quintet No. 5 in A minor, Op. 100, and Leos Janacek’s exquisite wind sextet Mladi (“Youth”).
The orchestra says it’s only a temporary suspension. Let us hope so. If you want to help, give them a call at 966-2441