Critic’s Pick : Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Murray Perahia, conductor and piano, will perform works by Mozart, Bach, and Haydn. Both this performer and this orchestra are among the world’s finest-see them together. Presented by CAMA. Wed., Mar. 26, 8pm. Arlington Theatre. Call 963-4408 or visit camasb.org.
This talented young pianist can make challenging works by Jan¡cek and Schnberg beautiful, and his interpretations of Beethoven and Schubert will open your ears to new worlds. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. Fri., Apr. 4, 8pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. Call 893-3535 or visit www.artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Hearts will break and tears will flow when Gerard Schwarz conducts works by Wagner, Barber, and Richard Strauss with this stellar orchestra and world-class violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Presented by CAMA. Wed., Apr. 9, 8pm. Arlington Theatre. Call 963-4408 or visit camasb.org.
Critic’s Pick : Midori and Robert McDonald
Violinist Midori and pianist Robert McDonald give works by Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, and Corigliano their magic touch. Midori’s remarkable presence and stunningly beautiful tone will amaze you. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. Fri., Apr. 11, 8pm. Campbell Hall, UCSB. Call 893-3535 or visit www.artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Nicholas Daniel, oboe and conductor, joins Camerata Pacifica mainstays Warren Jones (piano), Catherine Leonard (violin), Richard O’Neill (viola), and Lars Hoefs (cello) for some intriguing works by Britten, Mozart, and Berio, among others. Fri., Apr. 11, 1 and 8pm. Rockwood Woman’s Club, 670 Mission Canyon Rd. Call 884-8410 or visit cameratapacifica.org.
Santa Barbara Symphony
Nir Kabaretti will conduct some of the most moving works in music history, including Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” with Lilya Zilberstein, piano, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Sat., Apr. 12, 8pm; Sun., Apr. 13, 3pm. Arlington Theatre. Call 963-4408 or visit thesymphony.org.
SBCO Chamber Players, Featuring Anne Epperson
Distinguished pianist Anne Epperson joins some of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra’s finest musicians in an intimate concert. Tue., Apr. 29, 7:30pm. Fleischmann Auditorium, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta de Sol Rd. Call 966-2441 or visit sbco.org.
Los Angeles Philharmonic
For Esa-Pekka Salonen’s final Santa Barbara appearance as conductor with the L.A. Philharmonic, they will perform orchestral works by Wagner and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Leif Ove Andsnes, piano. Be there for this historic event at the new Granada Theatre. Presented by CAMA. Sat., May 3, 7pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. Call 899-2222 or visit camasb.org.
Acclaimed tenor Salvatore Licitra returns to Santa Barbara for another brilliant recital, accompanied by pianist Warren Jones. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. Thu., May 8, 8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. Call 893-3535 or visit www.artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Santa Barbara Symphony
Conductor Nir Kabaretti and violinist Augustin Hadelich bring you the sublime, the transcendent, and the sensual in this Salute to the Arlington, with Beethoven’s only violin concerto, Richard Strauss’s tone poem “Tod und Verkl¤rung,” and Ravel’s well-known (and thrilling) Bolero. Sat., May 10, 8pm and Sun., May 11, 3pm. Arlington Theatre. Call 963-4408 or visit thesymphony.org.
Strings take over as Warren Jones, Catherine Leonard, Richard O’Neill, and Ani Aznavoorian play works by Mozart, Grieg, and Schumann. Fri., May 23, 1 and 8pm. Fleischmann Auditorium, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta de Sol Rd. Call 884-8410 or visit cameratapacifica.org.