"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
Upcoming EventsOn SATURDAY, MARCH 8 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 wonderful chamber music for flute, oboe, and piano, along with exciting repertoire for the unusual combination of flute and marimba.
The music of British composer Madeleine Dring will open the program, performed by flutist Benjamin Leinfelder, oboist Adelle Rodkey, and pianist Neil Di Maggio. Dring's Trio, composed in 1968, is a light, fanciful work, its three movements replete with rhythmically vibrant, joyful expression.
Next, DOLCI, a duo comprised of oboist Ted Rust and pianist Viva Knight, will present two fascinating examples of a single musical form: Theme and Variations. Many composers, from the classical period onward, have written variations on a theme by another composer, and on this concert DOLCI features Dutch composer Hendrik Andriessen's Variations on a Theme of Haydn, for English Horn and Piano, and Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Variations on a Theme of Glinka, transcribed for oboe and piano by Tamás Sulyok.
The concert will conclude with stirring performances by two renowned musicians from the esteemed Camerata Pacifica: Adrian Spence, Artistic Director/Principal Flute of the organization, and Ji Hye Jung, its Principal Percussionist. In keeping with the ensemble's tradition of showcasing important contemporary as well as traditional repertoire, the artists will highlight three exotic works: the sensuous Kebang Suling, by New Zealand composer Gareth Farr, the piquant Histoire du Tango, by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, and the Andalusian flamenco-inspired Asturias, by Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz.