by Gerald Carpenter
WATTS HAPPENING? The great, commanding pianist André Watts, who became a superstar at 16 and has glowed ever more brightly during the 40 years since Leonard Bernstein chose him to solo in a New York Philharmonic Young Person’s Concert, is playing a recital at 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday, May 18) in UCSB’s Campbell Hall.
Watts’s program will include: W. A. Mozart, Rondo in D Major, K. 485 and Rondo in A Minor, K. 511; Ludwig Beethoven, Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3; Franz Schubert, Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946; Frederick Chopin, Étude, Opus 25, No. 7; Nocturne, Opus 27, No. 1; and Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Opus 38; Maurice Ravel, selections from Miroirs; and Claude Debussy, Danse.
For tickets and other information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 893-3535.
Watts will teach a Corwin master class with UCSB piano students, from 10 a.m. until noon on Friday, May 19, in Karl Geiringer Hall in UCSB’s music building. You will hear Watts talk about playing, while Vienna-born Philipp Richardsen performs Franz Liszt’s Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto and Sonia Tripathi gives her all in Ludwig Beethoven’s Bagatelles, Opus 126. Did I say that this master class is free and open to whomever can get there? Well, it is.
Another great pianist, Warren Jones, returns to Santa Barbara on Friday, May 19, joining Camerata Pacifica musicians Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Donald McInnes, viola; and Felix Fan, cello; in a performance of Johannes Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Opus 26. Whether you go to Victoria Hall Theater at 1 p.m. or 8 p.m., you’ll hear the Brahms. If you go at 8 p.m., however, you will also hear Wolfgang Mozart’s sublime Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K. 581, played by Bil Jackson, clarinet; Frautschi and Nurit Pacht, violins; Donald McInnes, viola; and Felix Fan, cello. For tickets and more information about this and other Camerata Pacifica concerts, call 884-8410.
But, wait! Yet another dazzling pianist comes to us at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, in the Unitarian Society Sanctuary. Betty Oberacker, whom I recently hailed as an “ideal” interpreter of Mozart, will do just that, performing two Mozart piano concertos — Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 and Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467, “Elvira Madigan” — with a special chamber ensemble led by Emil Torick, consisting of Mary Beth Woodruff and Torick, violins; Tom Turner, viola; Ervin Klinkon, cello; Nancy Chase, bass; Linda Holland, flute; Bruce Walker, oboe; Elise Unruh, bassoon; and Julie Callahan, horn. Impossible as it sounds, this is a free concert, like most Santa Barbara Music Club events, and the public is cordially invited.
Finally, for those who prefer talent spotting, the following recitals by UCSB students are scattered throughout the weekend. All are free of charge.
∗ Patrick Rappleye, horn, in a bachelor of music senior recital. 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 19, in Music Room 1145.
∗ Eric Smith, tuba, in a bachelor of music junior recital. Noon, Saturday, May 20, in Karl Geiringer Hall.
∗ Kelli Johannesen, horn, in a master of music recital. 3 p.m., Saturday, May 20, in Karl Geiringer Hall.
∗ Zachary Bertges, horn, in a bachelor of music junior recital. 6 p.m., Saturday, May 20, in Karl Geiringer Hall.
∗ Sonia Tripathia, piano, in a doctor of music recital. 8 p.m., Saturday, May 20, in Karl Geiringer Hall.
∗ Juan Aguayo, bass trombone, in a bachelor of music junior recital. 11 a.m., Sunday, May 21, in Music Room 1145.
∗ Scott Unfried, composition, in a bachelor of arts senior recital. 2 p.m., Sunday, May 21, in Music Room 1145.
∗ Sarah Broomell, piano, in a doctor of music recital. 8 p.m., Sunday, May 21, in Karl Geiringer Hall.
∗ Helen Park, clarinet, in a master of music recital. 5 p.m., Sunday, May 21, in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall.
∗ Warner Iverson, guitar, in a bachelor of music senior recital. 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, Karl Geiringer Hall.