An interview with pianist Michael Sikich: Santa Barbara native now studying at Indiana University with Edward Auer, on the eve of his performance of Mozart’s gem, composed at the age of 11, the Piano Concerto No. 1 with West Coast Chamber Orchestra on Friday, November 28th

Daniel Kepl interviews the 21 year-old pianist Michael Sikich, as he prepares for his debut with the West Coast Chamber Orchestra on Friday, November 28th at 8pm: Mozart By Candlelight in Santa Barbara’s Greco-Gothic First United Methodist Church.

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Soprano Andrea Carroll makes her Opera Santa Barbara debut at the Granada Theatre on Friday, November 7 (7:30pm) and Sunday, November 9 (2:30pm) after a meteoric career trajectory since winning the Houston Grand Opera Competition in 2012

Daniel Kepl interviews the sensational young soprano Andrea Carroll as she prepares for her Opera Santa Barbara debut as Gilda in Verdi’s tragic opera Rigoletto. 

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An interview with Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, Co-Founding Artistic Directors of London’s all-male dance ensemble BalletBoyz on the eve of their performance in Santa Barbara on Saturday, November 1st

Daniel Kepl interviews the Co-Founding Artistic Directors of London-based BalletBoyz on the eve of the company’s performance in Santa Barbara on Saturday, November 1st at Campbell Hall, UCSB under UCSB Arts & Lectures auspices. Listen to the interview, then watch the videos below. Call (805) 893-3535 for tickets to Saturday’s performances at 2pm & 8pm. Two works are on the program, Liam Scarlett’s Serpent and Russell Maliphant’s Fallen. To read a downloadable PDF of the CASA Magazine interview click here. To read the entire issue of CASA Magazine click here.

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An interview with choreographer Autumn Eckman on the eve of the world premiere of her new ballet Scheherazade with State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara on Saturday, October 25

Daniel Kepl chats with Chicago-based choreographer Autumn Eckman about the history of her new ballet Scheherazade, set on the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, which will receive its world premiere on Saturday evening, October 25th at 7:30pm by State Street Ballet as they launch their 20th season at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre. Box office: (805) 899-2222. Group sales (10 or more) Gloria Regan: (805) 319-1648. 

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An interview with pianist Ingrid Fliter on the eve of her performance of Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto with the Santa Barbara Symphony on Saturday, October 18 (8pm) and Sunday, October 19 (3pm) in the Granada Theatre

Daniel Kepl interviews Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter, winner of the Chopin International Piano Competition in 2000, about Chopin interpretation and performance, as well as her delight in painting. Apparently internet service  in Italy is a bit problematic. Listen to the audio of the interview -http://cinco.ly/!Ak2CMfh_klJf – then watch the videos below. Also on the Santa Barbara Symphony program conducted by Nir Kabaretti on October 18 & 19 at the Granada Theatre, Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and the Second Symphony of Rachmaninoff.

 

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One of Ingrid Fliter’s recent paintings

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An interview with Italian pianist Domenico Codispoti on the eve of his debut recital in Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre on Sunday, October 12th 2014

Daniel Kepl interviews Italian pianist Domenico Codispoti in Madrid prior to his appearance at Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre at 7pm on Sunday, October 12th and at the Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 23 2014. There are some issues with the SKYPE connection, but the interview is well worh enjoying.

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The incredible, Madrid-based flamenco masters Compañía Manuel Liñán gave the US premiere of Liñán’s amazing new ballet Nómada on September 27th in Santa Barbara – A masterpiece

Download a readable PDF in English and Spanish of Daniel Kepl‘s review in CASA Magazine. To read the entire issue click here.

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An interview with soprano Molly Wilson on her professional debut as Lucy in Opera Santa Barbara’s production of Menotti’s The Telephone and Daniel Kepl’s review of her performance, together with a review of a home recital by pianist Robert Cassidy

Daniel Kepl interviews Bay Area soprano Molly Wilson, a recent graduate (MM) of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on her professional debut as Lucy in Opera Santa Barbara’s lunchtime production of Gian-Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone. Read the review below, which also includes my review of a home recital by pianist Robert Cassidy. To download a readable PDF of the reviews click here. To read the entire issue of CASA Magazine click here.

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