INTERNATIONAL SERIES at The Granada Theatre 2014-2015

Season Sponsorship provided by SAGE Publications

96th Concert Season

Season of the PIANO

London is calling with visits from both the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the great London Symphony Orchestra directed by celebrated maestro Michael Tilson Thomas. The Czech Philharmonic returns to Santa Barbara, as does the Seoul Philharmonic with “spiritual conductor” Myung-Whun Chung. Returning for the first time since 1987 is L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande with guest conductor Charles Dutoit. And the Los Angeles Philharmonic makes its season’s sojourn to Santa Barbara with brilliant young maestro Vasily Petrenko as guest conductor. CAMA’s 2014-2015 International Series at the Granada Theatre is truly the Season of the Piano featuring five sensational internationally renowned pianists performing piano concertos by Prokofiev, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and Beethoven.


Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8 pm

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Antonín Dvořák: The Noonday Witch, Op.108, B.196

Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 in C Major, Op.26

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74, “Pathétique”

“Mr. Bavouzet’s deft touch, fluid playing and coloristic flair illuminated myriad details, which unfolded with crystalline clarity and hazy atmospherics in turn.”

– The New York Times

Recognized as one of the finest orchestras on today’s international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra broadcasts regularly on television and radio, and records soundtracks for blockbuster films like The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

LPO Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski will direct the orchestra in a program featuring pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, winner of two Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine awards, playing Prokofiev’s dazzlingly virtuosic Third Piano Concerto.


Monday, November 10, 2014, 8 pm

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Jiří Bělohlávek, conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Leoš Janáček: Taras Bulba

Franz Liszt: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 in A Major, S.125

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95, B.178, “From the New World”

The Czech Philharmonic’s “wind and brass still play with a coloration that registers as earthier and more textured than that of most European and American orchestras.”

– Allan Kozinn, New York Times

For over a century, the Czech Philharmonic has represented the pinnacle of Czech cultural achievement. Maestro Jiří Bělohlávek directs a program of Czech composers Janáček and Dvořák (New World Symphony), and featuring local and international favorite Jean-Yves Thibaudet as soloist in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2.


Monday, February 16, 2015, 7 pm (President’s Day, earlier start time)

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Charles Dutoit, conductor

Nikolai Lugansky, piano

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43

Igor Stravinsky: The Song of the Nightingale (1917)

Claude Debussy: Images pour orchestre, II.Ibéria

Maurice Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No.2

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande created “a vast legacy of recordings that made the orchestra a household name worldwide. There was probably not an LP collection anywhere across the globe that didn’t include at least one” by the Suisse Romande.

– The Telegraph

One of the world’s foremost recording orchestras, Geneva’s Orchestre de la Suisse Romande was founded in 1918. World-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit will lead the orchestra, joined by Nikolai Lugansky, described as “a pianistic phenomenon of exceptional class” (NRC Handelsblad) and honored as “People’s Artist of Russia” in 2013. Lugansky, whose recording of Rachmaninoff Piano Sonatas was named Echo Klassik’s “Solo Recording of the Year,” will play the composer’s much loved Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 8 pm

London Symphony Orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Yuja Wang, piano

Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a

George Gershwin: Concerto in F (1925)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.47

“You take the LSO’s responsive style for granted, but the subtlety of colour and expression were in another league”

– Classical Source

The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading orchestras, featuring a roster of soloists and conductors second to none, such as Valery Gergiev, André Previn, Pierre Boulez and Sir Simon Rattle. LSO Principal Guest Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas (Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony) leads the orchestra in an exhilarating program featuring celebrated young pianist Yuja Wang as soloist in that most American of piano concertos, Gershwin’s Concerto in F.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 8 pm

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Myung-Whun Chung, conductor

Sergei Prokofiev: Suite from “Romeo and Juliet”

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98

Myung-Whun Chung “has developed a flair for drama. His Seoul Philharmonic, which {he} has headed since 2005, has a beefy, opulent sound unusual for an Asian orchestra. … exhilarating and, at their best, even awesome”

– Los Angeles Times

Praised as “a spiritual conductor” by Paris’ Le Monde, Myung-Whun Chung is one of the most respected conductors of our time. Maestro Chung is Music Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France as well as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 2011 was named Principal Guest Conductor of the great Dresden Staatskapelle. The Seoul Philharmonic and Maestro Chung return to Santa Barbara with a powerful program of Prokofiev and Brahms.


Sunday, May 3, 2015, 4 pm (afternoon concert)

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Vasily Petrenko, conductor

Lise de la Salle, piano

Anton Webern: Im Sommerwind (1904)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (“A Hero’s Life”), Op.40

“Petrenko’s physical technique is so crisp and graceful – a combination of a clear rhythmic beat and simple but expressive gestures – that you feel you could play along with him from your seat in the audience.”

–Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

Lise de la Salle “might just be the most exciting young artist in classical music right now.”

– Pioneer Press

The Los Angeles Philharmonic makes its highly anticipated yearly visit to Santa Barbara under the baton of brilliant young Russian maestro Vasily Petrenko (b. 1976), Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Principal Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Even before the age of twenty, Lise de la Salle was recognized as “a talent in a million” (Gramophone) and “has wowed the world with her prodigious gifts, superlative technique, and a passionate, mature musicianship found in only the rarest of prodigies” (LA Weekly).

MASTERSERIES at the Lobero 2014-2015

Season Sponsorship provided by Esperia Foundation

Season of the VOICE

Masterseries 2014-2015 is a rare delight with appearances by three top exponents of the voice. The Tallis Scholars present an all-Renaissance program of choral masterworks. Soprano Dawn Upshaw returns with an eclectic program of songs by Ives, Schubert, Bartók, Ravel and Bolcom. And tenor Ian Bostridge makes his Santa Barbara debut with the “vocal Everest” that is Schubert’s Winterreise. The season also offers Masterseries’ trademark roster of top chamber musicians. The Juilliard String Quartet returns to the Lobero stage with an engaging program of quartets old and new. And master violinist Christian Tetzlaff is back for his fourth Masterseries appearance, this time with frequent collaborator, pianist Lars Vogt.


Friday, December 5, 2014, 8 pm

The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips, director

William Byrd: Vigilate

Josquin des Prez: Missa Gaudeamus

John Taverner: Ave dei patris filia

William Byrd: Laetentur coeli

William Byrd: Nunc dimittis

William Byrd: Ave verum corpus

Edmund Turges: Magnificat

“Anyone familiar with Renaissance music knows that this group has attained superstardom among its ilk”

– Boston Globe

“The rock stars of Renaissance vocal music”

– New York Times

“one of the UK’s greatest cultural exports”

– BBC Radio 3

Founded in 1973, England’s The Tallis Scholars are among the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Renowned for capturing the purity and clarity of sound characteristic of Renaissance music, their recordings have attracted many awards throughout the years.


Saturday, January 17, 2015, 8 pm

Juilliard String Quartet

Joseph Lin, violin

Ronald Copes, violin

Roger Tapping, viola

Joel Krosnick, cello

Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartet in G Major, Op.33, No.5

Shulamit Ran: Quartet No.2, “Vistas” (1989)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet No.16 in F Major, Op.135

“Each of the four has a notably beautiful tone, a sound that sings out but also blends. They show a shared understanding of the music they play; every bow stroke adds to its meaning and its integrity.”

– Chicago Tribune

The Juilliard String Quartet continues its vibrant and pioneering tradition of music making and teaching. Since its inception in 1946, the Quartet has made manifest the credo of founders Robert Mann and William Schuman to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces, and established masterpieces as if they were new.” Violinist Ronald Copes, a local favorite and former music faculty member at UC Santa Barbara, has played with this distinguished quartet since 1997.


Sunday, February 22, 2015, 4 pm (afternoon concert)

Dawn Upshaw, soprano

Gilbert Kalish, piano

Art songs by Charles Ives, Franz Schubert, Béla Bartók, Maurice Ravel and William Bolcom

“Upshaw’s instrument has the kind of power, clarity and pure beauty that can transfix a listener.”

– Pioneer Press

With her rare natural warmth and transforming communicative power, Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. A four-time Grammy© Award winner and the first vocal artist to receive the MacArthur “genius grant” Fellowship, Dawn Upshaw is featured on more than 50 recordings, including the million-selling Symphony No. 3 by Henryk Górecki.


Thursday, April 23, 2015, 8 pm

Ian Bostridge, tenor

Wenwen Du, piano

Franz Schubert: Winterreise

“It’s as if he was born to sing Schubert” – The Telegraph

“The audience was on the edge of its seats for the full 69 minutes of shock and awe. … It was a Winterreise stretched to the breaking point of inherited musical tradition … never boring and always provocative – a performance at once bracing, riveting, and effective.”

– LA Opus

English tenor Ian Bostridge is an artist of major prominence in the world of classical music. He earned advanced degrees in history from Cambridge and Oxford universities before embarking on a full-time vocal career at the age of 27, and soon gained international recognition as an artist of unique refinement. His insight into the intimate relationship between music and poetry led the BBC to feature him in a 1997 documentary exploring Schubert’s haunting song cycle Winterreise, which he will perform in its entirety at the Lobero.


Monday, May 11, 2015, 8 pm

Tetzlaff-Vogt Duo

Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Lars Vogt, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata No.32 in B-flat Major, K.454

Béla Bartók: Sonata No.1, Sz.75, BB84 (1921)

Anton Webern: Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op.7

Johannes Brahms: Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108

“It was obvious why these two musicians work together: rarely is a musical conversation so perfectly matched and flawlessly executed…. This was the kind of concert that lingers in the memory and becomes a sort of benchmark.”

– ArtsATL

The Tetzlaff-Vogt Duo brings together two stellar German talents: violinist Christian Tetzlaff, who has wowed Masterseries audiences in two solo recitals and with his Tetzlaff Quartet, and pianist Lars Vogt, one of the leading soloists and chamber musicians of his generation.

Known for his musical integrity, technical assurance and intelligent, compelling interpretations, Christian Tetzlaff is internationally recognized as one of the most important violinists performing today.


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