Watch my interview with guitarist Anthony (Tony) Ybarra on the eve of his performance of Mauro Giuliani’s Guitar Concerto in A with the West Coast Symphony on Sunday, August 6th at 4pm in the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens

Daniel Kepl interviews versatile guitarist Tony Ybarra as he prepares Mauro Giuliani’s Concerto for Guitar in A for a performance with West Coast Symphony on Sunday, August 6th at 4pm in the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens. Slight glitch as Tony’s face is partially out of frame, which was not showing as a problem on the monitor as we were recording.

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Watch my interview with conductor JoAnne Wasserman about the Santa Barbara Choral Society’s performance this coming weekend, Saturday April 1 & Sunday, April 2 of Johannes Brahms’ epic masterpiece, The German Requiem at Santa Barbara’s First Presbyterian Church

Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem hasn’t been performed in Santa Barbara for ten years. This Saturday, April 1st at 8pm and Sunday, April 2nd at 3pm the Choral Society will sing the work again with orchestra and soloists baritone Lester Lynch and soprano Tamara Bevard in the spacious acoustics of the First Presbyterian Church, State Street at Constance Avenue. Daniel Kepl interviews Artistic Director and Conductor JoAnne Wasserman on the complexities of preparing and presenting this stunning masterwork.

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Read my review for Society 805 of Ensemble Theatre Company’s fabulous re-imagining by Suzan-Lori Parks of the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in Santa Barbara through February 26 at the New Vic

 

Click here to visit Society 805 and read Daniel Kepl’s review of Porgy and Bess. Enjoy the slideshow by photographer David Bazemore of Ensemble Theatre Company’s production, which runs through February 26.

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Watch my interview for VOICE Magazine with clarinetist Donald Foster about his upcoming performance of the West Coast premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s new Clarinet Concerto with the Santa Barbara Symphony on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12

Daniel Kepl in an interview for VOICE Magazine discusses the responsibilities involved in presenting a composer’s original work to the public for the first time with Los Angeles-based clarinetist Donald Foster, who will play Jonathan Leshnoff’s Clarinet Concerto with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Nir Kabaretti conducting, this Saturday, February 11 at 8pm and Sunday, February 12 at 3pm in the Granada Theatre. Click here for a downloadable PDF of the print version of the interview for VOICE Magazine.

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Watch my interview with Guy Veloz, son of the world’s greatest ballroom dance couple of the 30s & 40s, Veloz & Yolanda, and read my review of State Street Ballet’s October 22nd performance of choreographer William Soleau’s full-length ballet based on the Veloz’ extraordinary career

Daniel Kepl interviews Guy Veloz, son of America’s most famous ballroom and tango dancing couple of the 30s and 40s, Veloz and Yolanda. Guy speaks about his parent’s fascinating rise from rags to riches during the Great Depression, their various friends in and out of the business, including some of America’s most legendary gangsters of the period, and a time in American history that has nearly been forgotten. Choreographer William Soleau created a genre-breaking full-length ballet about Veloz and Yolanda titled An American Tango for State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara in 2012. The work is in the company’s repertory and was reprised on October 22nd. Click here to download a readable PDF of my review of that performance. Below the video interview with Guy Veloz watch and enjoy a slideshow of photographs from the October 22nd performance of An American Tango taken by David Bazemore.

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An interview with Aimee Lopez, the new Artistic Director of Santa Barbara Festival Ballet as she prepares for her directorial debut for the 42nd annual Nutcracker at the Arlington on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 in Santa Barbara

Daniel Kepl interviews the new Artistic Director – succeeding Denise Rinaldi at the helm of Santa Barbara Festival Ballet. Aimee Lopez has danced most of the female roles in Festival Ballet’s annual production of Tchaikovsky’s endearing masterpiece, The Nutcracker, since childhood. Now she’s in charge and some exciting changes are in the air for the company’s future as well as for this 42nd production of Nutcracker at the Arlington.

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An interview with Dr. Michael Shasberger about the West Coast Chamber Orchestra’s Mozart by Candlelight concert this Friday, November 25 in Santa Barbara

Daniel Kepl interviews Dr. Michael Shasberger, Chair of Music and Worship at Westmont College and Artistic Director of Cielo Foundation for the Performing Arts in Santa Barbara, about the West Coast Chamber Orchestra’s traditional Thanksgiving concert, Mozart by Candlelight, on Friday, November 25th at 8pm in the First United Methodist Church sanctuary.

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An interview with Opera Santa Barbara Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas on the eve of his conducting debut with the company – Bizet’s Carmen on Friday, November 4 and Sunday, November 6

Daniel Kepl interviews Opera Santa Barbara’s Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas on the eve of his debut in Santa Barbara conducting Georges Bizet’s Carmen at the Granada Theatre on Friday, November 4 and Sunday, November 6.

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Download and read my interview with conductor Nir Kabaretti on the eve of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s opening concert of the 2016-2017 season – Beethoven’s Ninth – Saturday, October 15th (8pm) & Sunday, October 16th (3pm)

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