FROM NOVI SAD, SERBIA’S SECOND LARGEST CITY, CONCERT PIANIST RATIMIR MARTINOVIC DISCUSSES HIS UPCOMING RECITAL PROGRAM AT HAHN HALL ON THE MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST CAMPUS IN SANTA BARBARA

Daniel Kepl chats with Montenegrin concert pianist Ratimir Martinovic at his home in Novi Sad, Serbia, where he is Associate Professor at the city’s Academy of Arts, and serves as Chair of the Music Department. Mr. Martinovic will present a piano recital at Hahn Hall on the Music Academy of the West campus in Santa Barbara this coming Thursday, February 28th. Mr. Martinovic is a native of Kotor, Montenegro. This will be his second appearance in Santa Barbara under auspices of Santa Barbara-Kotor Sister Cities, and the Music Academy of the West. The recital begins at 6:30pm, and with a short intermission, will finish at approximately 7:45pm. There will be a reception after the recital for VIP ticket holders. Call (805) 969-8787 to purchase tickets: $12 students, $32 general, $125 VIP. Read a transcription of part of the interview in this week’s CASA magazine.

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VIOLINIST RACHEL BARTON PINE DISCUSSES TCHAIKOVSKY’S VIOLIN CONCERTO, ON THE EVE OF HER PERFORMANCE OF THE WORK WITH THE NEW WEST SYMPHONY IN OXNARD, THOUSAND OAKS, AND SANTA MONICA ON FEBRUARY 22, 23 & 24.

Daniel Kepl chats with Chicago-based violinist Rachel Barton Pine about her approach to performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major on the eve of performances she will be playing with Boris Brott and the New West Symphony Orchestra on Friday February 22nd in the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Saturday February 23rd at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Sunday February 24th in Santa Monica’s Barnam Hall.

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Listen to her fascinating podcast about the concerto:

http://rachelbartonpine.libsyn.com/episode-23-rachel-barton-pine-discusses-tchaikovsky-s-violin-concerto

Watch her play the last movement of the Tchaikovsky with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra:

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A CHAT WITH WILLIAM SOLEAU ABOUT HIS NEW CHOREOGRAPHY FOR IGOR STRAVINSKY’S BALLET THE FIREBIRD

Daniel Kepl chats with New York City-based choreographer William Soleau about his new choreography for Stravinsky’s iconic ballet The Firebird which will be performed by Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet as part of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s regular subscription series Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th at The Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. Read Mr. Kepl’s preview article for CASA magazine below, then watch the complete video interview with William Soleau.

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