Lessons of the Masters

by Gerald Carpenter

SUMMER SCHOOL: At 1 p.m. today (Thursday, July
6), the celebrated maestro Jerome Lowenthal will
teach a piano chamber masterclass in Lehmann Hall, the one at
Miraflores, the gorgeous Mediterranean villa and estate that houses
the Music Academy of the West. (At 2 p.m. today, the Academy Young
Artists will offer a free Community Concert in the auditorium at
the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.)

Another venerable master, violist Donald
McInnes
, will present a viola masterclass at 3:15 p.m.,
also in Lehmann Hall at Miraflores; and the modest winds master
Fred Ormand will offer a free clarinet masterclass
in Singher Studio at the same time.

On Friday, July 7, at 3:15 p.m., the (place superlative of your
choice here) Warren Jones will teach a vocal
masterclass in Abravanel Hall, while at 7:30 p.m. the same day, the
Academy Young Artists will offer one of their remarkable Picnic
Concerts. If you get there at 7 p.m. you will hear Young
Artists Speak Up!
— a pre-concert lecture.

Those who can never get enough of a good thing — especially if
it is a very good thing indeed — will want to be in their seats in
Abravanel Hall at 10 a.m. this Saturday, July 8, for the Concerto
Competition finals. The winners will get to perform with the
Academy Festival Orchestra on Concerto Night, on July 22. The
finals end at approximately 4 p.m., but one ticket allows those who
can tear themselves away to come and go throughout the day.

At the Music Academy, of course, the masters also teach by
example. Thus, at 8 p.m. next Tuesday, July 11, in the Lobero
Theatre, they will present one of the sparkling Tuesdays at 8
concerts. This one will open with Jan Koetsier’s
Figaro-Metamorphosen, Opus 131, played by Josef
Burgstaller
, trumpet; David Jolley, horn; and Mark
Lawrence, trombone; followed by a young artist — one assumes a
singer — performing Franz Schubert’s
Heidenröslein, D. 257, with the priceless support of
Warren Jones, on piano. Then Leone Sinigaglia’s
12 Variations on a Theme by Schubert will be explored by
oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida and the
inestimable collaborator, pianist Jones. Ludwig
Beethoven
’s Variations on “Ich bin der Schneider
Kakadu,” Opus 121a
will then be brilliantly illuminated by
Kathleen Winkler, violin; Matt
Haimovitz
, cello (the cutting-edge performer will be in
residence July 6-12); and Jerome Lowenthal,
piano.

Madeleine Dring’s Trio for Flute, Oboe, and
Piano
is next, played by Timothy Day, flute;
DeAlmeida, oboe; and Jonathan Feldman, piano; and
the concert will conclude with what looks to be the major work on
the program, Erno˝ von Dohnányi’s Sextet in C
Major, Opus 37
, brought to vivid life by Winkler, violin;
McInnes, viola; Haimovitz, cello; Ormand, clarinet; Jolley, horn;
and Lowenthal, piano.

Jan Koetsier, a Dutchman, was born in 1911 and is still with us.
His specialty is chamber music, and he is also a noted conductor.
Leone Sinigaglia (1868-1944), born into the upper-middle class in
Turin, led a double life as a composer — there was a famous violin
concerto that impressed Dvořák to no end — and mountain climber,
even writing a well-reviewed book about the latter, Climbing
Reminiscences of the Dolomites
, before turning to composing
fulltime. In 1944, aged 76, while he was waiting to be shipped off
to a labor camp in Germany, he suffered a fatal heart attack.
English composer Madeleine Dring (1923-77) was also a popular
pianist, as well as an actress and singer. Vaughan
Williams
was one of her teachers, and she caught from him
an unquenchable thirst for folk melodies and idioms.

Finally, at 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday, July 12, violinist
David Halen, concertmaster of the Saint Louis
Symphony, will offer an intriguing masterclass/workshop in Lehmann
Hall, called The Role of a Principal Player.

For tickets to all Music Academy events, call 969-8787, or visit
their very friendly Web site www.musicacademy.org. For tickets to events at
the Lobero, call 963-0761.

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