An interview with Artistic Director Steven Schick on the eve of Sweet Thunder – San Francisco Contemporary Music Players’ first Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music at the Fort Mason Center from Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27

Daniel Kepl catches up with percussionist, conductor, author Steven Schick at UC San Diego, prior to a rehearsal with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus which he conducts, one of several gigs that keep him busy around the country, including presiding as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, which will be presenting a world-class showcase of contemporary electro-acoustic music, ensembles, and artists called SWEET THUNDER from Thursday, April 24th through Sunday, April 27th at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Click here for a complete schedule of concerts and to order tickets online or call SFCMP in San Francisco at 415-278-9566.

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An interview with dramatic soprano Alexandra LoBianco on the eve of her debut as Magda in Menotti’s The Consul with Opera Santa Barbara

Daniel Kepl chatted with American soprano Alexandra LoBianco about career – she nearly became a music therapist – opera as theatre, and Gian Carlo Menotti’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera The Consul. She will be singing the pivotal role of Magda Sorel in her Opera Santa Barbara debut on April 25 and 27 at the Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara.

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Los Angeles-based clarinetist Donald Foster sheds a little light on the mysterious world of Hollywood film studio orchestras . . .

Daniel Kepl interviews Donald Foster, Principal Clarinet of the Pasadena Symphony and Santa Barbara Symphony, on the eve of his performance of the Clarinet Concerto by Aaron Copland with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Nir Kabaretti conducting. Performances are Saturday, April 12 (8pm) and Sunday, April 13 (3pm) at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara.

Be sure to watch the one-and-only take video of the NBC Nightly News theme, John Williams conducting. Foster explains in the interview that John Williams is one of his “accounts.” Be sure to read the Foster interview in CASA Magazine April 11-20. That issue will also have my reviews of State Street Ballet‘s performance of choreographer William Soleau’s Carmen, and  the Westmont College men’s and women’s choirs.

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An interview from Britain with Camerata Pacifica’s Principal Oboe Nicholas Daniel on the eve of performances by the ensemble in Pasadena, Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara

Daniel Kepl interviews Nicholas Daniel prior to his performances with Camerata Pacifica colleagues in Ventura (April 6), Pasadena (April 8), Los Angeles (April 10) and Santa Barbara (April 11). For more information and to buy tickets, call (805) 884-8410.

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An interview with New York City-based choreographer William Soleau about his full-length ballet Carmen, which will have one performance only with State Street Ballet at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara on Saturday, April 5th at 7:30pm

Daniel Kepl speaks with choreographer William Soleau about his full-length ballet Carmen, which he set on State Street Ballet a few years ago, and has revised for the company’s concluding performance of the 2013-2014 season – one performance only – at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre this coming Saturday, April 5th at 7:30pm. Tickets: (805) 899-2222.

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An interview with New York City-based composer Ola Gjielo, whose music will be performed by the Santa Barbara Choral Society on Saturday (8pm) and Sunday (3pm) March 29 & 30

Daniel Kepl interviews Norwegian-born composer Ola Gjielo (Yay-lo) about his choral compositions, which have received wide critical acclaim. We talk about his musical roots, his training, and his musical ideals, on the eve of performances of four of his works by the Santa Barbara Choral Society on March 29 & 30 at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. A shortened version of the interview with appear in Santa Barbara’s CASA Magazine on Friday, March 28. The slideshow of a recent Choral Society rehearsal under conductor JoAnne Wasserman is by photographer David Bazemore.

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Reviews of Canadian violinist Timothy Chooi’s debut with the Santa Barbara Symphony (Bruch G Minor Concerto) on March 15, 16 & Yo-Yo Ma’s Santa Barbara recital on March 13th

The incredible cellist Yo-Yo Ma made one of his regular visits to Santa Barbara on March 13 and put a unique twist on the concept of a cello recital. Canadian violinist Timothy Chooi made his Santa Barbara Symphony debut on March 15, 16. Watch Daniel Kepl’s interview with Timothy Chooi. For readable downloads of these two reviews click here. Enjoy reading the entire issue of CASA Magazine.

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An interview with LA-based composer Gernot Wolfgang about his new composition, Santa Barbara Suite, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Heiichiro Ohyama’s tenure as Music Director and Conductor of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Tickets are scarce — call (805) 966-2441.

Daniel Kepl interviews Los Angeles-based composer Gernot Wolfgang about his new composition, Santa Barbara Suite, in honor of Heiichiro Ohyama’s extraordinary 30th anniversary as the much revered Music Director and Conductor of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Tickets are scarce — call (805) 966-2441. To download and read a print version of the interview click here. To read the entire issue of CASA Magazine click here.

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An interview with the young Canadian violin virtuoso Timothy Chooi, on the eve of his debut with the Santa Barbara Symphony Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16.

Daniel Kepl interviews the young Canadian virtuoso Timothy Chooi from a hotel stairwell in Austin, Texas, where he was competing in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. He will be playing the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Nir Kabaretti conducting, on March 15 & 16 in Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre.

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An interview with composer Lera Auerbach and cellist Ani Aznavoorian on the eve of the world premiere of Auerbach’s 32 minute concerto for cello and nine instruments, evocatively titled “Dreammusik”

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