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.
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.
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 takenby David Bazemore.
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.
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.