"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
SANTA BARBARA MUSIC CLUB
On SATURDAY, APRIL 19 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.
SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014: 3 p.m.
Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library
40 E. Anapamu Street
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 voice and piano from exceptionally diverse cultures, as well as beautiful music for string quartet from the romantic period.
The concert opens with soprano Takako Wakita and pianist Betty Oberacker presenting a wonderful collection of songs from Spain, Mexico, and Japan. First, Ms. Wakita has selected three songs by Spanish-speaking composers: the spirited El tra la la y el punteado (The Tra La La and the Guitar-Strum), by Enrique Granados, the poignant Lamento gitano (Gypsy's Lament), by María Grever (the first Mexican woman to become a successful composer), and the capricious De donde venis, amore? (From Where Have You Come, My Love?), by Joaquín Rodrigo.
Following these selections, audiences will be treated to an authentic Japanese folk song, as realized by Japanese composer Kozabura Hirai and entitled, A Piper Plays Oiwake. Ms. Wakita will sing the work in her native Japanese, and the performance will be enhanced by the addition of a shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), played by Bob Nyosui.
The remainder of the concert is devoted to a string composition of notable significance: the Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 51 ("Slavonic") by the Bohemian composer Antonín Dvorák, interpreted by the Channel Islands String Quartet. Written in 1879 at the request of the Florentine Quartet, who wanted music "in the Slavic style," the work is a masterly essay, one of the greatest in the quartet genre.
Though it was only a year before the quartet's composition that Dvorák first incorporated the rhythms of Czech folk dances in his music, the four movements of the work are amply infused with those marvelous Slavic flavors, ranging from the effusive Allegro ma non troppo, to the elegiac Dumka, to the Romanza, and to the wildly passionate Finale.