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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A chat with actor James O’Neil about his famous relative Clarence Darrow whom he portrayed during a highly successful run at Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura of David W. Rintels’ one-person play about the famous civil rights attorney

This interview between Daniel Kepl and actor James O’Neil for VOICE Magazine was due to be released shortly after opening night of the David W. Rintels play Clarence Darrow at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura on May 27th, but internet issues intervened. The show closed on June 12th but was such a critical triumph for O’Neil it won’t be long before audiences will be able to see him reprise the role of his famous relative. Click here to access a downloadable PDF of the interview published in VOICE.

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An interview with conductor Michael Nowak on the eve of Orchestra Novo’s final concert of it’s first season – A Triumphant Heart – at Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo with pianist Marika Bournaki on Sunday, May 29 at 3pm

Daniel Kepl interviews conductor Michael Nowak as he prepares for the final concert of San Luis Obispo-based Orchestra Novo’s first season. Pianist Marika Bournaki will be the featured guest artist, with special guests, the Vocal Arts Ensemble of San Luis Obispo.

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An interview for Voice Magazine with pianist Alessio Bax on the eve of his performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra on Tuesday, May 17th

Daniel Kepl interviews pianist Alessio Bax, a favorite returning guest artist to Santa Barbara, for VOICE Magazine. Bax will be playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Heiichiro Ohyama conducting, on Tuesday, May 17th at 7:30pm in Santa Barbara’s historic Lobero Theatre. Click here to download the print version of the interview.

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An interview for Voice Magazine with violinist Yuel Yawney of the Vancouver-based Borealis String Quartet which will be giving a fascinating concert at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art on Thursday, March 31st at 7:30pm

Daniel Kepl interviews violinist Yuel Yawney of the Vancouver, B.C. Borealis String Quartet for Voice Magazine on the eve of the ensemble’s performance of quartets by Shostakovich (No. 9), Beethoven (No. 4) and Imant Raminsh (No. 3) on Thursday, March 31st at 7:30pm in the Mary Craig Auditorium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

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An interview with bass DeAndre Simmons on the eve of performances Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7pm in Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West with the Santa Barbara Choral Society as they celebrate the 275th anniversary of Handel’s Messiah

Daniel Kepl interviews bass DeAndre Simmons in New York City on the eve of his engagement with the Santa Barbara Choral Society, JoAnne Wasserman conducting, celebrating the 275th anniversary of the premiere of Handel’s Messiah at Hahn Hall on the Music Academy of the West campus Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7pm. Tickets: (805) 965-6577.

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An interview with British conductor James Judd as he prepares to conduct an all-Rachmaninoff program with the Santa Barbara Symphony on February 13 & 14 with soloist, Canadian pianist Ian Parker

Daniel Kepl interviews conductor James Judd for CASA Magazine on the eve of his debut with the Santa Barbara Symphony conducting an all-Rachmaninoff program with Canadian pianist Ian Parker on Saturday, February 13 at 8pm and Sunday, February 14 at 3pm in the Granada Theatre, downtown Santa Barbara. Click here to download a readable PDF of the CASA Magazine article.

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An interview with Los Angeles-based American composer Sean Friar, as his wonderfully imaginative chamber music piece, Velvet Hammer, is performed throughout southern California this week by Camerata Pacifica

Daniel Kepl interviews Los Angeles born and based American composer Sean Friar on the eve of performances throughout southern California by Camerata Pacifica of his 2009 chamber piece for flute, clarinet, piano, electric guitar, and double bass titled, Velvet Hammer: Sunday, January 10 – Ventura; Tuesday, January 12 – San Marino; Thursday, January 14 – Zipper Hall, Los Angeles; Friday, January 15 – Santa Barbara. TICKETS: 805 884-8410.

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