CAMA and The Lobero Theatre CAMA and the Lobero have partnered to present the world’s finest classical musicians since the historic theater’s reopening in 1924. The Lobero offers the rare experience of hearing and seeing world class master musicians perform in an intimate atmosphere.

The ROYAL thread at CAMA’s Masterseries at The Lobero Theatre season features recitals by two of Britain’s finest pianists: Stephen Hough, one of the world’s most important and distinctive pianists and recipient of a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) honor from Queen Elizabeth; and the Santa Barbara debut of young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor (b.1992), acclaimed as “ one of the world’s most sought-after young pianists.” Completing the Masterseries season will be a rare joint performance by violinist Pamela Frank and pianist Stephen Prutsman, performing the complete Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard of J.S. Bach; master American pianist Emanuel Ax in an all-Beethoven recital; and the return of SĂ©rgio & Odair Assad, the legendary Brazilian classical guitar duo.


STEPHEN HOUGH

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 8:00 PM

Stephen Hough

piano

CAMA’s 101st Concert Season opens appropriately with the return of the highly regarded British pianist Stephen Hough. Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths (“a person of great and varied learning”), he is a true renaissance man—a leading concert pianist, writer, composer, teacher and painter who has won global acclaim for his outstanding interpretations of the piano repertoire and has continued to amass awards, accomplishments, and accolades, gracing many of the most important concert stages in the world in recital and appearing as soloist with the most renowned international orchestras. He was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur (Genius) Fellowship. In 2014, Queen Elizabeth appointed him a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to music.

Program:

J.S. BACH (arr. Busoni): Chaconne for Violin Solo, from Partita II for Violin, BWV 1004 (BV B 24)
BUSONI: Berceuse élégiaque, Op.42 (BV 252a)
CHOPIN: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35
HOUGH: Sonata No.4 (Vida Breve)
LISZT: Funérailles, from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses (Poetic and Religious Harmonies), S.173
LISZT: Bagatelle sans tonalité, S.216a (Mephisto Waltz No.4)
LISZT: Mephisto Waltz No.1, S.514

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PAMELA FRANK

STEPHEN PRUTSMAN
Grace Beahm Alford photo ©The Post and Courier

ALL-BACH PROGRAM

The Complete Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 8:00 PM

Don’t miss this rare opportunity—a must-attend concert for Bach fans!

Pamela Frank

violin

Stephen Prutsman

piano

PETER SERKIN CANCELLATION: Peter Serkin has had to withdraw from his upcoming performances with Pamela Frank due to health issues.

Violinist Pamela Frank and pianist Stephen Prutsman appear in a rare performance of all six Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard by J.S. Bach. Pamela Frank has established an outstanding international reputation across an unusually varied range of performing activity. As a soloist she has performed with leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Berlin Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Pamela performed regularly with the ZĂĽrich Tonhalle Orchestra, recording the complete Mozart Violin Concertos with them and David Zinman and has also recorded a Schubert album and the Beethoven sonata cycle, both with her father Claude Frank. Pamela is a sought-after chamber musician and has performed at many international festivals including Aldeburgh, Verbier, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Tanglewood, Marlboro and Ravinia. Stephen Prutsman has been described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time. Moving easily from classical to jazz to world music styles as a pianist, composer and conductor, Prutsman continues to explore and seek common ground and relationships in the music of all cultures and languages.

Program:

J.S. BACH – The Complete Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard

Sonata No.1 in B minor, BWV 1014
Sonata No.2 in A major, BWV 1015
Sonata No.3 in E major, BWV 1016
Sonata No.4 in C minor, BWV 1017
Sonata No.5 in F minor, BWV 1018
Sonata No.6 in G major, BWV 1019


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EMANUEL AX

Monday, January 13, 2020, 8:00 PM

Emanuel Ax

piano

Few American pianists are as accomplished as the masterful Emanuel Ax. Between 1986 and 1996, Ax was awarded five Grammy® Awards for Best Chamber Music Performance for his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Jaime Laredo, Isaac Stern and Richard Stoltzman. Additionally, Ax has twice been recognized for his solo work, winning the Grammy® Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) in 1995 and 2004. Ax’s all-Beethoven recital focuses on widely and lesser known masterpieces of the iconic master’s large piano canon in celebration of the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in Bonn, Germany in 1770.

All-Beethoven Program:

Bagatelle No.25 in A Minor (WoO 59, Bia 515), “Für Elise”
Piano Sonata in A Major, Op.2, No.2
Six Variations on an Original Theme in F Major, Op.34
Piano Sonata in F Minor, Op.2, No.1
Five Variations on “Rule, Britannia!,” WoO 79
Piano Sonata in C Major, Op.2, No.3

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Deborah & Peter Bertling
Bob Boghosian & Beth Gates-Warren
Bridget B. Colleary
Dorothy & John Gardner
Raye Haskell Melville


SÉRGIO & ODAIR ASSAD

Friday, February 14, 2020, 8:00 PM

SĂ©rgio & Odair Assad

guitars

Sérgio & Odair Assad, the guitar-playing brothers from São Paulo, began playing Brazilian folk melodies, and transitioned to classical guitar in their teens, training under the most prominent instructors in Brazil. The Washington Post has referred to the brothers as “the best two-guitar team in existence, maybe even in history,” while the Boston Globe has stated they perform with “telepathic unity.”

Their Valentine’s Day concert in 2020 is not to be missed!

Program:

Works by Giuliani, Albéniz, Piazzolla, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Jobim, Gismonti, and Sérgio Assad

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benjamin grosvenorBENJAMIN GROSVENOR

Friday, March 13, 2020, 8:00 PM

Benjamin Grosvenor

piano

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION
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CANCELLED —
BENJAMIN GROSVENOR, piano

CAMA’s Masterseries concert scheduled for Friday, March 13 has been cancelled.



Due to ongoing concerns around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and in response to the guidance issued today by the California Department of Public Health advising postponement or cancellation of gatherings with more than 250 persons, the concert by Benjamin Grosvenor scheduled for Friday March 13, at the Lobero Theatre has been cancelled.


CAMA and Mr. Grosvenor greatly regret the necessity of cancelling this concert; we do so in recognition of the need to preserve the health and well-being of our patrons. Mr. Grosvenor has unfortunately had to cancel all concerts on his current tour of North America. We hope we will be able to present this immensely talented young musician in a future Masterseries season.



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    • For SUBSCRIBERS, receive a refund for 1/5th of the value of your Masterseries subscription.
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Please email tickets@camasb.org by the end of March with the option that works best for you.



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Alison & Jan Bowlus
Jocelyne & William Meeker

Concert Partner
Stephen Cloud