Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the historic CAMA/LA Phil musical legacy and a ROYAL offering of British music-making at its best.

The highlight of CAMA’s 101st Concert Season will be the Gala 100th Anniversary Concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro
Gustavo Dudamel on March 6, 2020—100 years to the day from the orchestra’s very first Santa Barbara concert on March 6, 1920.

The ROYAL thread for the International Series at The Granada Theatre includes the return of the popular Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman), which in 1966 was officially conferred the title “Royal” by Queen Elizabeth—plus the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra featuring young British cello sensation Sheku Kanneh-Mason as soloist, whose command performance at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, viewed by a global TV audience of one billion people, made him an instant international “rising star.” Additionally, CAMA welcomes the West Coast debut of London’s groundbreaking Chineke! Orchestra, founded in 2015 to provide a forum for young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians from the United Kingdom and Europe to perform at the highest level of the British music scene. Chineke! Orchestra was appointed in 2018 as an Associate Orchestra of Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Completing the International Series will be the return of virtuoso mandolinist Avi Avital with Québec’s superb Les Violons du Roy (“The Violins of the King”), and the venerable Rotterdam Philharmonic with pianist Nelson Freire.

With this 101st Concert Season roster, CAMA’s second century is shaping up to be as extraordinary as its first!


Monday, January 27, 2020, 8:00 PM

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Pinchas Zuckerman conductor and violin

CAMA’s International Series rings in 2020 with the welcome return of London’s everpopular Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Formed in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham, it has been at the forefront of music-making in Britain for over seven decades, recognized worldwide as one of the United Kingdom’s most prodigious orchestras. In 1966, Queen Elizabeth conferred the title of “Royal” unconditionally on the orchestra. In its self-appointed role as Britain’s national orchestra, the RPO has toured in more than thirty countries across the globe, as well as performing annual concert series at both London’s Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall. In a career spanning five decades, Pinchas Zukerman (Principal Guest Conductor of the RPO) is universally respected as a virtuoso violinist, violist, conductor and chamber musician with over 100 recordings released to date earning 21 Grammy nominations.


TCHAIKOVSKY: “Polonaise” from Eugene Onegin
MOZART: Violin Concerto No.5 in A major, K.219, “Turkish”
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64


Friday, March 6, 2020, 7:00 PM (early start time)

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Gustavo Dudamel conductor

100 years to the day from the LA Phil’s first concert in Santa Barbara on March 6, 1920!
Pre-concert celebratory RED CARPET RECEPTION open to all ticket holders at 6:00 PM — Concert at 7:00 PM


The crown jewel of CAMA’s 101st Concert Season will be the Gala 100th Anniversary Concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel on March 6, 2020—exactly 100 years to the day from the orchestra’s very first Santa Barbara concert a century ago on March 6, 1920.

The musical legacy that has evolved between the LA Phil and CAMA over the past century has seen the orchestra perform nearly 300 concerts in Santa Barbara with many of the greatest conductors of the past century such as Otto Klemperer, Leopold Stokowski, Bruno Walter, Georg Solti, Karl Böhm, Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, André Previn, Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel, to name just a few. As CAMA and the LA Phil both prepare to celebrate their respective Centennials in 2020, CAMA is honored to have collaborated with this great American orchestra and looks forward to continuing this ongoing collaboration for the next 100 years!

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime historic musical event!


IVES: Symphony No.2
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No.9 in E minor, “From the New World,” Op.95


THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020, 8:00 PM

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Lahav Shani conductor
Nelson Freire piano

Founded in 1918, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra has now passed the century mark in a long Dutch tradition of musical excellence. After a close call in the 1940s, when German bombs destroyed their hall, their music library and all of their instruments, the orchestra rebuilt with community support and has been going strong ever since. Conducted by Israel’s Lahav Shani (winner of the first prize at the 2013 International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition) and featuring legendary Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire, the program includes Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and Bartók’s virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra.


BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, “Emperor,” Op.73
BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra


TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020, 8:00 PM

Chineke! Orchestra

Kevin John Edusei conductor
Stewart Goodyear piano

The Chineke! Orchestra, one of Britain’s most exciting new orchestras, was formed in London in 2015 to champion at the highest level career opportunities for young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in Europe. The name Chineke!—coined by founder/double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku—is of Nigerian Igbo origin and roughly translates as “the spirit of creation”. In the words of Sir Simon Rattle, “Chineke! represents the kind of idea which could deepen and enrich classical in the UK for generations. What a thrilling prospect!” Led by Kevin John Edusei, a German conductor of Ghanaian ancestry, and featuring Canadian pianist/composer Stewart Goodyear, this concert will mark the West Coast debut of this intriguing and ambitious young orchestra.


SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Ballade for Orchestra in A minor, Op.33
STEWART GOODYEAR: Callaloo, Caribbean Suite for piano and orchestra
BRAHMS: Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.73


TUESDAY, April 28, 2020, 8:00 PM

Les Violons Du Roy

Jonathan Cohen conductor
Avi Avital mandolin

Canada’s highly acclaimed Les Violons du Roy (The Violins of the King) has been a focal point of French-Canadian Québec City’s musical life since it was founded in 1984 and continues to explore the nearly boundless repertoire of music for chamber orchestra under its new Music Director, British conductor Jonathan Cohen. It takes its name from the legendary 17th-century French royal court orchestra Les Vingt-quatre Violons du Roy. They will perform a full evening of Bach and Vivaldi concertos featuring the return of virtuoso Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital, who wowed a sold-out Granada audience of enthusiastic Baroque music fans at CAMA’s recent 100th Season Community Concert with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in December 2018.


VIVALDI: Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425
BACH: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (excerpts)
BACH, arr. Avital: Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 (arranged for mandolin)
VIVALDI, arr. Avital: Concerto in D major, RV 93 (arranged for mandolin)
VIVALDI: Concerto in G minor for 2 cellos, strings and continuo, RV 531
BACH, arr. Avital: Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052 (arranged and transcribed for solo mandolin)


MONDAY, May 18, 2020, 8:00 PM

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Jamie Martín conductor
Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello

The acclaimed Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra returns to close out CAMA’s 101st Season with a symphonic evening led by LACO’s new Music Director, Spanish conductor Jaime Martín, who also serves as the Principal Conductor of the RTE National Radio Orchestra in Dublin. The concert will feature the 20-year old British cello sensation Sheku Kanneh-Mason who won the 2016 BBC Young Musician of The Year award and then in 2018 enthralled the world with his televised command performance at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, viewed by a global TV audience of one billion people. The program includes the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and opens with the World Premiere of a new work by Los Angeles composer Derrick Spiva, Jr. commissioned by LACO.


DERRICK SPIVA, JR.: Prisms, Cycles, Leaps, Part III (LACO commission, world premiere week)
SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.3 in E-flat major, “Eroica,” Op.55