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Paul Huang

David Bazemore

Paul Huang


S.B. Chamber Orchestra Performs “The Greats”

Group Plays Beethoven and Schubert in Season Opener


The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra kicked off this year’s season with a spectacular program at the Lobero Theatre featuring violinist Paul Huang in his debut Santa Barbara performance. The first selection, Beethoven’s frenetic Violin Concerto in D Major showcased the orchestra’s impeccable string section, a collaboration of skilled performers who together created a sound of sheer magnitude. With a stoic demeanor, Huang quickly proved himself one of today’s finest young violinists; within minutes of taking the stage, he secured himself a spot beside virtuosos Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell.

The concerto’s first movement included a fiery violin solo that impressed and inspired, with Huang channeling a clear serenity in the chaos of Beethoven’s grand schematics. It was a true honor to experience Huang’s talent backed by such an outstanding orchestra, a performance worth many standing ovations.

Following Beethoven, the orchestra played Schubert’s ambitious Symphony No. 9 in C Major, a composition of epic proportion that pushes each section to a spectacular limit. The modestly sized S.B. Chamber Orchestra delivered “The Great” Schubert symphony with remarkable fervor, affirming itself as one of Santa Barbara’s finest musical groups. After a solid program, we can expect greatness from Huang and further excellence from the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra in the coming season.

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