by Gerald Carpenter
INSUPER NOVA: Paul Galbraith, who plays a unique guitar — held like a cello and containing two extra strings (one high, one low) — will perform at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, October 19, in the Mary Craig Auditorium of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1130 State St.). Galbraith’s program will include Rameau’s Suite in A Major, Bach’s Cello Suite No. 4, Mozart’s Sonata in F Major, the Tabulatura Nova ¨C Rhapsodic Variations on an Old Bohemian Love Song” by the Czech composer Petr Eben, and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. For tickets or other information, call the museum at 963-4364 or go to sbma.net.
Camerata Pacifica will perform this month’s program in Santa Barbara at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, October 20, in Lehmann Hall at the Music Academy of the West. Adrian Spence (flute), Catherine Leonard (violin), Donald McInnes (viola), Ani Aznavoorian (cello), and Warren Jones (piano) will combine variously to perform Josef Haydn’s Trio for Piano, Flute & Cello in G Major, Hob. XV, No. 15; Johannes Brahms’s Intermezzo in A Minor, Opus 118, No. 1; Capriccio in C-sharp Minor, Opus 76, No. 5; Rhapsody in G Minor, Opus 79, No. 2; and Sonata for Violin & Piano in G Major, Opus 78; Wolfgang Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Minor, K. 304, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Phantasy Quintet.
The Music Academy is located in Montecito at 1070 Fairway Road. For tickets and other information, call (800) 557-2224 or 884-8410, or visit cameratapacifica.org
The wild card in this deck is apparently the Vaughan Williams, if that adjective can ever be applied to his mainly peaceful and majestic music. To be sure, the Sea Symphony, the Eighth Symphony, and the Tuba Concerto have their intemperate and/or eccentric moments, but the Phantasy Quintet is standard VW, folk-based, and absolutely gorgeous.
At 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, the Santa Barbara Music Club will correct, if not a great wrong or injustice, at least a rather significant omission: while Santa Barbara has fallen all over itself celebrating Mozart’s 250th year, our musical organizations have so far done little or nothing to observe the centenary of Dmitri Shostakovich. We should be grateful to the Music Club for this free Matinee Concert in the library’s Faulkner Gallery, titled Shostakovich 100th Birthday Celebration. The all-Shostakovich program will consist of his Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Opus 8, arranged for violin, clarinet and piano by Emil Torick and performed by Trio Brio (Torick, violin; Nancy Mathison, clarinet; and Donna Massello-Chiacos, piano); Four Preludes for Piano, Opus 34, played by Rosa LoGiudice; Six Romances with Lyrics by British Poets, Opus 62, sung by baritone Andre Shillo in his native Russian, with the wonderful Betty Oberacker at the piano; and the great Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Opus 40, a gift from the great Geoffrey Rutkowski and Oberacker. The fact that we are still hearing lots of his music a decade and a half after the demise of the Cold War ought to put to rest the notion that Shostakovich’s compositions, or anybody’s, must be heard in some kind of political context. For more information, go to sbmusicclub.org.
And for those who simply can’t get through the week without an all-Mozart concert, the Community Arts Music Association is bringing the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to the Arlington at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25. The Orpheus does without a conductor, distributing leadership on a per-piece basis. Their guest soloist will be the superb pianist, Emanuel Ax, who will perform with them the Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 503 and the Piano Concerto in G Major, K. 453. The band will open with the Overture to Così fan tutte and close with the Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385, “Haffner.” For tickets and other CAMA information, call 966-4324; for tickets and other Arlington events, call 963-4408. You can also visit CAMA online at camasb.org.