Photographer Judy Duchesne-Peckham talks about her book, Healing Afghanistan, Hope for the Children

Daniel Kepl interviews photographer, educator, and humanitarian activist Judy Duchesne-Peckham about the story of her travels to Afghanistan after 9/11 to photograph the orphaned children of that beleaguered country for her stunning book Healing Afghanistan – Hope for the Children. Watch a slideshow of images from the book below the interview. To view all the events going on in Santa Barbara click here

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The New York Philharmonic, Academy Festival Orchestra bookend a fantastic final week at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara

Download a readable PDF of my review for CASA Magazine of the final week at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and watch below, David Bazemore’s slideshow of conductor Christoph von Dahnányi conducting the Academy Festival Orchestra. To read the entire issue of CASA Magazine click here. To view all the events going on in Santa Barbara click here.

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“You knocked it out of the ballpark!” – Legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne to her Music Academy of the West Voice Program fellows following their production of Rossini’s Cinderella July 30th & August 1st in Santa Barbara

Watch photographer David Bazemore’s slideshow of the production below and view or download a readable PDF of Daniel Kepl’s review for CASA Magazine by clicking here

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¡Viva La Fiesta! West Coast Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 46th annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta concert on Sunday, August 9th at 3:30pm in the beautiful open air acoustics of the grand arch at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens

Daniel Kepl interviews soprano Celeste Tavera about her participation in the West Coast Symphony’s 46th annual Fiesta Concert in the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens on Sunday, August 9th at 3:30pm – the finale to a week of events during Old Spanish Days Fiesta.

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Music Academy of the West week six: Thomas Adès; JACK Quartet; Nicholas McGegan

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Week five of the Music Academy of the West’s summer season in Santa Barbara

For a downloadable PDF of this review click here. To read the entire issue of CASA Magazine click here, and just below this review enjoy a slideshow of pictures from the Concerto Celebration by photographer David Bazemore.

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Week four of the Music Academy of the West’s world-class summer season

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An interview with Tamsen Beseke, concertmaster of the West Coast Symphony, on the eve of the orchestra’s Independence Day concert in the historic Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse on Saturday, July 4th at 5pm

Daniel Kepl interviews violinist Tamsen Beseke about her career in Los Angeles  and her many years serving as concertmaster of the West Coast Symphony and West Coast Chamber Orchestra, as she prepares for the upcoming Independence Day concert by the orchestra in the Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse on Saturday, July 4th at 5pm.

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American pianist Clipper Erickson has just finished recording the complete piano works of Nathaniel Dett in Germany. We discuss his Kickstarter campaign to fund production costs for the 2 CD-set

Daniel Kepl interviews American pianist Clipper Erickson about his passion for composer Nathaniel Dett which has resulted in the pianist realizing a dream. He has just finished recording the complete piano works of Dett in Germany and is now seeking Kickstarter funding to complete the production of the 2 CD set. Click “Download All” to download a copy of this video to your desktop.

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Ernest Richardson, Resident Conductor of the Omaha Symphony will conduct Bach, Broadway & Beyond this Sunday, June 14 in Santa Barbara with guest artist, soprano Tiffany Haas, who sang the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the musical Wicked on Broadway

The video reception is poor, but the audio is good as Daniel Kepl interviews Ernest Richardson, Resident Conductor of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra in Colorado, about conducting Santa Barbara’s Music and Arts Conservatory Virtuoso Strings in a concert featuring soprano Tiffany Haas, star of the Broadway musical Wicked, this Sunday, June 14th at 7pm in Santa Barbara’s Marjorie Luke Theatre. Tickets for Sunday’s concert: brownpapertickets.com/event/1558740 ($18-$50) or call (805) 722-0708.

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