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 for VOICE Magazine with the choreographer for Cirque de la Symphonie, Aloysia Gavre, about what the audience at the Santa Barbara Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Concert on Saturday, December 31st at 8:30pm will experience

Daniel Kepl chats with choreographer Aloysia Gavre on the stage of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts a few days ago, minutes before a performance by Cirque de la Symphonie with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Anticipating Cirque’s debut with the Santa Barbara Symphony on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31st at 8:30pm in the Granada Theatre – their only Southern California performance – we discuss the incredible match between circus arts and classical music that gives audiences such a thrilling visual and musical experience. Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Voice Magazine interview.

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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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An interview with pianist Wendy Chen on the eve of her performance of Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, October 8th at 7:30pm in the historic Lobero Theatre

Daniel Kepl interviews pianist Wendy Chen about her life in music, her friendship of many years with Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra conductor Heiichiro Ohyama, and her thoughts on Gershwin’s Concerto in F.

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An interview with conductor Christopher Story VI, who at 90 will conduct his 50th West Coast Symphony Fiesta Concert on Sunday, August 7th at 3:30pm in Santa Barbara

Daniel Kepl interviews the venerable founder of the Cielo Foundation for the Performing Arts and conductor of the West Coast Symphony and West Coast Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Story VI, who at 90 will conduct, together with Dr. Michael Shasberger, the 50th Annual West Coast Symphony Fiesta Concert under the Great Arch at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden on Sunday, August 7th at 3:30pm. The concert is free to the public.

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A delightful chat with violinist Scott Yoo, Music Director of Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, on the eve of the Festival’s 46th summer season July 13 through July 24 at several venues including the acoustically delicious Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo

Daniel Kepl interviews violinist and conductor Scott Yoo who has recently been appointed conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic, about the upcoming 46th summer season of Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo July 13 through July 24.

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