An interview with British conductor James Judd as he prepares to conduct an all-Rachmaninoff program with the Santa Barbara Symphony on February 13 & 14 with soloist, Canadian pianist Ian Parker

Daniel Kepl interviews conductor James Judd for CASA Magazine on the eve of his debut with the Santa Barbara Symphony conducting an all-Rachmaninoff program with Canadian pianist Ian Parker on Saturday, February 13 at 8pm and Sunday, February 14 at 3pm in the Granada Theatre, downtown Santa Barbara. Click here to download a readable PDF of the CASA Magazine article.

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An interview with Los Angeles-based American composer Sean Friar, as his wonderfully imaginative chamber music piece, Velvet Hammer, is performed throughout southern California this week by Camerata Pacifica

Daniel Kepl interviews Los Angeles born and based American composer Sean Friar on the eve of performances throughout southern California by Camerata Pacifica of his 2009 chamber piece for flute, clarinet, piano, electric guitar, and double bass titled, Velvet Hammer: Sunday, January 10 – Ventura; Tuesday, January 12 – San Marino; Thursday, January 14 – Zipper Hall, Los Angeles; Friday, January 15 – Santa Barbara. TICKETS: 805 884-8410.

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An interview with soprano Lisa Vroman about her upcoming performance with the Santa Barbara Symphony on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31st at 8:30pm in the Granada Theatre

Daniel Kepl interviews soprano Lisa Vroman in Philadelphia, about her upcoming performance with the Santa Barbara Symphony on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31st at 8:30pm in the Granada Theatre. Click here for a downloadable PDF of the interview in CASA Magazine.

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An interview with Tracy R. Kofford, on the eve of his performances as the Arabian Cavalier for Santa Barbara Festival Ballet’s 41st Nutcracker at the Arlington Saturday, December 12 & Sunday, December 13

Daniel Kepl interviews Tracy R. Cofford, Artistic Director of Dance at Santa Barbara City College, on the eve of his performances as the Arabian Cavalier in Santa Barbara Festival Ballet’s 41st Nutcracker at the Arlington, Saturday, December 12 at 2:30 & 7pm and Sunday, December 13th at 2:30pm. Tickets are $25-$45: (805) 963-4408 or online: Arlington Theatre Box Office.

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An interview with actress, producer, author, TV host Alison Sweeney as she prepares to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Santa Barbara Choral Society’s Hallelujah! Project 3 concert pair in the historic Lobero Theatre, downtown Santa Barbara on Saturday, December 12th (8pm) and Sunday, December 13th (3pm)

Daniel Kepl interviews television and film actress, author, director Alison Sweeney about her career, her family, and her upcoming reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Santa Barbara Choral Society’s Hallelujah! Project 3 concert pair, a celebration of the holidays this Saturday, December 12th at 8pm and Sunday, December 13th at 3pm in the historic Lobero Theatre, downtown Santa Barbara.

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An interview with violist Dov Scheindlin, one of three rotating Artistic Directors for the conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on the eve of their only performance in southern California on Monday, November 30th in Santa Barbara

On the eve of their only southern California performance at 8pm Monday, November 30th in Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre, violist Dov Scheindlin describes for Daniel Kepl how New York City-based Orpheus Chamber Orchestra operates as an autonomous, conductor-less collective and discusses the program of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Handel and Respighi to be performed in Santa Barbara.

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Watch this charming interview with violinist and founder of Kronos Quartet, David Harrington

Danel Kepl interviews a friend from long ago in Seattle, violinist David Harrington, founder of Kronos Quartet. Kronos plays at UCLA’s Royce Hall this Wednesday, November 18th and at 7pm Thursday, November 19th at Campbell Hall on the UC Santa Barbara campus.

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Read my review for CASA Magazine of Opera Santa Barbara’s film noir production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni on November 6 & 8 2015 and watch a slideshow of the opera by photographer David Bazemore

Click here to read a downloadable PDF of my review for CASA Magazine of Opera Santa Barbara’s film noir production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Watch David Bazemore‘s photo slideshow of the opera below the review.

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Watch my interview with Douglas Kinney Frost about Mozart’s Don Giovanni, which he will conduct for Opera Santa Barbara on November 6 & 8

Daniel Kepl interviews Douglas Kinney Frost, Producing and Artistic Director of Syracuse Opera, who will conduct Opera Santa Barbara’s Film Noir setting of Mozart’s masterpiece, Don Giovanni, on Friday, November 6th at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 8th at 2:30pm in Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre. Watch a photo slideshow below the interview by David Bazemore. If the video is not showing, click the title above.

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A stunning professional triumph: Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theatre Company has mounted a magnificent production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical theatre masterpiece (really an opera), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street — through October 25 at the New Vic

Ensemble Theatre Company Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Fox and Music Director Matthew R. Meckes have crafted a stunning professional production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical theater masterpiece, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. I saw Sweeney recently and was blown away by the extraordinary level of the cast’s singing alone, nevermind their bravura theatrical prowess. Watch photographer David Bazemore’s slideshow of ETC’s Sweeney Todd below. This show really is a must see!

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Prelude/Opening ballad from original cast album

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