"Among the musical riches with which this community is blessed,
the Santa Barbara Music Club shines especially bright"
"The Santa Barbara Music Club was there for me with financial support, performance opportunities, community support and career guidance whenever I needed it. Their organization was an integral part of my musical education and played an essential role in allowing me to study with the best names in the industry. I can never thank the SBMC enough for all they did for me in my formative years of study. They will always be a big part of the reason I am the successful concert artist I am today. The SBMC's never ending support of talented young artists is just one example of why classical music in this country will not only survive but thrive. Thank you so much SBMC!"
--Tracy Harris, Yamaha International Performing Artist and Clinician
The Santa Barbara Music Club Announces
On SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 at 3 p.m. the SANTA BARBARA MUSIC CLUB will present another program in its popular series of concerts of beautiful music. A valued cultural resource in the community since 1969, these concerts feature outstanding performances by instrumental and vocal soloists and chamber music ensembles, and are free to the public.
One of the highlights of Santa Barbara Music Club's concerts is the opportunity for audiences to hear great music from a variety of historical periods, with a diversity of musical forms, performed by excellent artists. This concert will feature woodwind as well as vocal/piano repertoire, beginning with the Sonata in F minor of German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann. The husband-and-wife team of flutist Andrea Di Maggio and pianist Neil Di Maggio will interpret this work, which displays a charming sensitivity and purity of melodic line.
In complete contrast to the structured formality of the preceding, the Summer Serenade of American composer Peter Schickele follows, performed by Paul Mori, bassoon, and Neil Di Maggio, piano. Composed in 1969, this attractively modern piece features three movements: "Dreams," an inventive kaleidoscope of melodic utterances, "Songs and Dances," a light and playful diversion, and "Games," a fast and robust conclusion.
Next, the Westmont Faculty Woodwind Quintet, comprised of Andrea Di Maggio, flute, Trey Ferrel, oboe, Paul Mori, bassoon, Joanne Kim, clarinet, and Steven Gross, horn, will present Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas' Early Hungarian Dances. Each of the five dances in the set stems from the 17th century, and is characterized by a delightfully rustic, medieval quality.
To conclude the program, soprano Kajsa Nelson and pianist Christopher Davis offer four handsome songs of French impressionistic composer Claude Debussy: Nuit d'etoiles (Starry Night), Fête galante (Gallant Festivities), Apparition, and De soir (Evening). As the titles suggest, woven into the music is the haunting mysticism, romantic imagery, and subtle sensuality for which the composer is so beloved.
On SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 at 3 p.m. the SANTA BARBARA MUSIC CLUB will present another program in its popular series of concerts of beautiful music. A valued cultural resource in the community since 1969, these concerts feature outstanding performances by instrumental and vocal soloists and chamber music ensembles, and are free to the public.
One of the highlights of Santa Barbara Music Club's concerts is the opportunity for audiences to hear great music from a variety of historical periods, with a diversity of musical forms, performed by excellent artists. This concert features music for solo piano as well as for the unusual combination of flute and oboe.
The program opens with pianist Neil Di Maggio performing two exceptionally diverse selections, one from the Baroque era and one from the "turn-of-the-century." The former is Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti's Sonata in D major, K. 119, a sparkling and joyous work replete with leaping figurations and cascading scalar exuberances, while the latter, Cancion y danza No. 5 of Catalan Spanish composer Federico Mompou, weaves a moody and intimate texture throughout.
The Sonata No. 1, by Michel Blavet follows, presented by Benjamin Leinfelder, flute, and Adelle Rodkey, oboe. Blavet was a French composer and brilliant flutist, and this sonata, like all of his output, exudes an elegant expressiveness combined with a vivacious spirit.
Pianist Pascal Salomon concludes the program with the magnificent Partita No. 6 in E minor of Johann Sebastian Bach. A Partita is a suite, or group of dances, with the music of each characterized by a different rhythmic, melodic, or textural feature of the dance step it represents. The Sixth Partita comprises a Toccata, Allemanda, Corrente, Air, Sarabande, Tempo di Gavotta, and Gigue: in Bach's hands, the splendor of these varied dances is scrupulously observed, creating a masterpiece of keyboard writing as well as Baroque sculpture.