An interview with Metropolitan Opera lyric soprano Jennifer Black on the eve of her first Mahler performance: the Second Symphony (Resurrection) with the Santa Barbara Symphony, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, Santa Barbara Choral Society & Quire of Voyces — May 18, 19 in Santa Barbara

Daniel Kepl interviews Metropolitan Opera soprano Jennifer Black as she prepares, together with mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, to sing Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection) with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Choral Society, and Quire of Voyces conducted by Nir Kabaretti, this Saturday and Sunday, May 18/19 in the Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara.

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An interview with Ojai-based plein air landscape artist Jeff Sojka on the eve of his Excellent Adventure this summer tracing the European journey of another American landscape painter, Edgar Alwin Payne (1883-1947)

Daniel Kepl interviews Ojai-based plein air landscape artist Jeff Sojka (pronounced Soyka) whose work is on permanent display at Ojai’s Trowbridge Gallery, on the eve of his Excellent Adventure to trace the European painting journey of American landscape master Edgar Alwin Payne (1883-1947). Later this summer, and in the company of his seven year-old daughter, Jeff plans to re-visit the locales of Payne’s European painting adventures in the 1920s and re-paint some of Payne’s greatest scenes. Want to help? Go to www.indiegogo.com and type in Sojka. 

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Pianist Alessio Bax speaks about his upcoming concert in Santa Barbara on Tuesday May 14 playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

Daniel Kepl interviews pianist Alessio Bax as his fourth appearance with the  Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Heiichiro Ohyama conducting, approaches. We discuss his relationship with Ohyama and the orchestra over these several years, and the majesty of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor which he will play on TUESDAY, MAY 14TH at the historic Lobero Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. Also on the program: Rossini’s Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers and the Symphony No. 5 of Schubert.

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