California Contemporary Ballet’s Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer describes her new full-length ballet, The Legend of Jack Frost, on the eve of it’s world premiere December 20 & 21 at Glendale Community College Theatre

Daniel Kepl interviews Aerin Holt, Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer for California Contemporary Ballet about her new ballet The Legend of Jack Frost which will receive its world premiere on Saturday, December 20th and Sunday, December 21st at 2pm at Glendale Community College Theatre. Tickets ($20-$35) can be purchased online or by telephone: (818) 583-7406. Below the interview is a slideshow of scenes from previous California Contemporary Ballet premieres: Thumbelina, The Snow Queen. 

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Santa Barbara Festival Ballet’s 40th Anniversary production of Nutcracker at the Arlington on December 13 & 14 will feature Michele Wiles, Artistic Director and Principal Dancer of New York City-based BalletNext, as Sugar Plum Fairy and Chase Finlay, Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet as Cavalier

Daniel Kepl interviews Santa Barbara Festival Ballet Artistic Director Denise Rinaldi and Board Chair Diana Replogle-Puringon about the upcoming 40th season of Nutcracker at the Arlington on December 13 & 14 in Santa Barbara. Featured artists will include Founding Artistic Director and Principal Dancer of New York City-based BalletNext, Michele Wiles (Sugar Plum Fairy), and Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet Chase Finlay (Cavalier).

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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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