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.

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JORDI SAVALL

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2022, 7:30PM

Jordi Savall &
Le Concert des Nations

Jordi Savall Director & bass viol
Manfredo Kraemer violin
Charles Zebley transverse flute
Philippe Pierlot bass viol
Rolf Lislevand theorbo
Luca Guglielmi harpsichord

Music from the award-winning film Tous les matins du monde

Works by Lully, Marais, Couperin, Rameau, Leclair, Du Caurroy, Sainte‑Colombe, and more

Tous les matins du monde (“All the Mornings of the World”) is a 1991 French film set during the reign of Louis XIV. The film portrays the eminent musician Marin Marais looking back on his young life when he was briefly a pupil of Monsieur Jean de Sainte‑Colombe. For  his concert, legendary early music scholar and gambist Jordi Savall directs and performs with Le Concert des Nations.

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BENJAMIN GROSVENOR

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2022, 7:30PM

Benjamin Grosvenor

piano

“His solo recitals recall an earlier generation of wizards of the piano.”  —Financial Times

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor (b.1992) has been described as “the best pianist to come out of England in the last 50 years.” One only needs to listen to his playing to understand that the accolades are well deserved. Grosvenor’s promise was evident from a young age; he was the winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven, and was invited to perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Opening Night of the 2011 BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall at age nineteen. Turned away from performance by suddenly imposed pandemic precautions while already in Santa Barbara in March 2020, CAMA is delighted to welcome Benjamin Grosvenor back for his proper Santa Barbara and Masterseries debut!

Program:

FRANCK: Prélude, Chorale et Fugue, FWV 21 (1884)
R. SCHUMANN: Kreisleriana, Op.16
ALBÉNIZ: Iberia, Book I
RAVEL: Jeux d’eau
RAVEL: La valse
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ISABEL BAYRAKDARIAN

SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022, 7:30PM

Isabel Bayrakdarian

soprano

“Glorious and Free”
Romani‑inspired Songs and Operetta Arias

Mark Fewer violin
Jamie Parker piano

Featuring works by Brahms, Dvořák, Iradier, Lehár, Kálmán, Yvain and Gilbert

Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian has been an eagerly anticipated performer at major opera houses and concert halls the world over including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, London, Paris, Vienna, Florence and Salzburg. She was a fellow of the Music Academy of the West in 1996, winner of the 1997 Marilyn Horne International Voice Competition and the 2000 Plácido Domingo Operalia competition, recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee awards, and was awarded the Republic of Armenia’s “Komitas Medal” and the “Movses Khorenatsi” medal, Armenia’s highest cultural award. Ms. Bayrakdarian is currently an Associate Professor of Voice in the Department of Music at UC Santa Barbara. She is joined by extraordinary Canadian chamber musicians Mark Fewer and Jamie Parker for a not‑to‑be‑missed concert!

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JAMES EHNES
orion weiss
ORION WEISS

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2022, 7:30PM

James Ehnes

violin

Orion Weiss

piano

 

“A violinist in a class of his own”  —The Times

 

Canadian James Ehnes has established himself as one of the most treasured violinists of international stages. Acclaimed as “a supreme virtuoso and artist of the first rank” (The Daily Telegraph), James Ehnes plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius (1715). His Santa Barbara debut in July 2019 at the Granada Theatre with the London Symphony Orchestra (presented by the Music Academy of the West) elicited the following glowing concert review: “Ehnes was magnificent throughout, an impressive figure on stage whose playing blazed like a laser beam, though brimming with compassion and heart” (seenandheard-international.com). Ehnes is joined by gifted collaborative pianist Orion Weiss who previously appeared in Masterseries with violinist Augustin Hadelich.

Program:

MOZART: Violin Sonata No.17 in C Major, K.296
SCHUBERT: Fantasy in C Major, D.934
KORNGOLD: Much Ado About Nothing, Suite Op.11
SAINT-SAËNS: Violin Sonata No.1 in D Minor, Op.75