GOOD TIMING: I had been writing about Maestro
Paul Bambach, UCSB professor and director of the
University Wind Ensemble, for quite a long time before I finally
was introduced to him — out at the Music Academy, I think. As we
shook hands, he said, “I feel like I owe you about 10 years worth
of thank-you’s.”

As charming an opening statement as that was, I must hereby beg
to differ: It is I who owe Bambach and his UCSB colleagues any
number of thank-you’s for their uncanny ability to schedule
concerts just when I need them — such as now.

As I look ahead over the next seven days, everything happening
that would be of interest to a music lover is either happening at
the university or performed by university musicians — starting at 8
p.m. tonight, Thursday, March 9, in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall,
when the University Wind Ensemble, under the baton
of the redoubtable Paul Bambach, will play a program that includes
the Festive Overture of Dmitri Shostakovich and
the Symphony No. 3 of Vittorio Giannini. Tickets
will be available at the door; $12 general admission, $7 for

I have often had occasion to compliment Bambach on his
innovative programming and tonight’s concert is another instance of

Notwithstanding his Mediterranean name, Vittorio Giannini
(1903-1966) is an American composer all the way. His music is
lushly romantic and tuneful, in the vein of Samuel
and Howard Hanson. He was
prolific, and a large part of his output was scored for band.

On the next evening, Friday, March 10, comes one of those events
that one simply takes on faith. The pianist Andrzej
, a guest of the UCSB Music Department, will
perform a guest artist recital at 8 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall.
Admission is free. Dutkiewicz, head of contemporary music studies
and professor of piano at the Frederyk Chopin Academy of Music
(a k a Warsaw Conservatory) in Poland, will be “playing a program
of Polish music.” I guess we can count on at least one selection by
Chopin, but there will no doubt be plenty of

Friday night at 8 p.m. also marks the return to our fair coast
of choral master extraordinaire Michel Marc
, who is apparently determined to commute between
his two major appointments — UCSB and Switzerland. Gervais will
lead the University Singers and his celebrated
UCSB Chamber Choir in a “Schubertiad” — a
generally intimate concert devoted to the music of Franz
 — in San Roque Church (325 Argonne Circle). The
maestro has chosen for his soloists the mezzo-soprano
Parvaneh Givi and the tenor Dan
, with the remarkable Sarah
providing instrumental support on the piano. The
Schubert in question is a composer of choral chamber music. The
program includes rarely heard works for female, male, and mixed
voices, including “Coronach” Opus 52; “Gott ist mein Hirt” (Psalm
23) Opus 132; “Ständchen,” Opus 135; “Nachthelle,” Opus 134; “Der
Gondelfahrer,” Opus 28; “Begräbnislied,” D.168; “Des Tages Weihe,”
Opus 146; and “Gebet,” Opus 139.

Admission to the “Schubertiad” is $12 general, $7 for students,
in the form of a donation at the door.

Finally, Lorenz Gamma, who in the new
dispensation is the University Symphony conductor
for winter quarter 2006, will conduct the symphony in a delightful
program that includes a performance of the striking first movement
of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Opus
107 with the 2006 concerto competition winner, cellist
Hilary Clark, in the solo role.

The concert begins at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, in Lotte
Lehmann Concert Hall. Also on the program: J.S.
’s Orchestral Suite in C Major BWV 1066, Bedrich
Smetana’s The Moldau from Ma Vlast, Johannes
Brahms’s Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5, and
Peter Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave. Tickets are $12
general admission, $7 for students, and the best way to get them is
at the door on the night.


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