An interview with actress/director Shirley Jo Finney on the eve of her visionary production of Tarell McCraney’s play “In The Red & Brown Water” at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 27-March 7

Daniel Kepl chats with the visionary actress and director Shirley Jo Finney about her residency at UC Santa Barbara to direct Tarell McCraney’s In The Red & Brown Water, the first segment of his three-part cycle, The Brother/Sister Plays, running at the Hatlen Theater on the UCSB campus February 27 through March 7. Tickets: (805) 893-2064. Watch the slideshow by photographer David Bazemore below the video interview.

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My review of an extraordinarily savvy production of Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest by UCSB Theater on February 13, 2015

 

Daniel Kepl reviews director Simon Williams‘ production of Oscar Wilde’s sardonic masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest by the Theater Division of UCSB Theater/Dance on Friday, February 13, 2015. Watch David Bazemore‘s slideshow of pictures from the production below the review. To read the entire issue of CASA Magazine click here. To download a readable PDF of the review click here.

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My review of Camerata Pacifica’s performance in Santa Barbara on February 6, 2015

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An interview with conductor Steven Sloane in Berlin, on the eve of his concert with the Santa Barbara Symphony on Saturday and Sunday, February 14 & 15 exploring the sehnsucht relationship between Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms

Daniel Kepl interviews conductor Steven Sloane on the eve of his guest conducting engagement with the Santa Barbara Symphony Saturday, February 14 at 8pm and Sunday, February 15 at 3pm in Santa Barbara’s historic Granada Theatre. For a readable PDF of the interview published in CASA Magazine click here. To read the entire issue of CASA Magazine click here.

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An interview with cellist Paul Watkins of the Emerson String Quartet on the eve of their sold-out performance in Santa Barbara on Saturday, February 7th

Daniel Kepl interviews cellist Paul Watkins of the Emerson String Quartet, who joined the ensemble in 2013. To read a print version of parts of the video interview, visit CASA Magazine

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Brooklyn Rider Almanac – my review of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider’s performance in Santa Barbara of selections from their new album

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A telephone interview with pianist/conductor Michael Chertock between gigs conducting The Nutcracker in Cincinnati

Daniel Kepl catches up with pianist/conductor Michael Chertock in Cincinnati for a talk about Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, which he will play with the Santa Barbara Symphony on their New Year’s Eve concert conducted by Pops conductor Bob Bernhardt. The telephone conversation is between engagements as conductor of The Nutcracker where he subs for Cincinnati Ballet when he’s not serving on the piano faculty at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Download an abridged PDF of the interview in CASA Magazine by clicking here. For tickets to the Santa Barbara Symphony’s New Year’s Eve concert on December 31st at the Granada Theatre call (805) 899-2222.

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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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