An interview with composer Lera Auerbach and cellist Ani Aznavoorian on the eve of the world premiere of Auerbach’s 32 minute concerto for cello and nine instruments, evocatively titled “Dreammusik”

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Left to right: Kepl, Aznavoorian, Auerbach

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My review of Santa Barbara Symphony’s Valentine’s Day concert February 15 with pianist Hélène Grimaud playing Brahms No. 1

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On the eve of State Street Ballet’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Santa Barbara Feb 22 & 23, an interview with Snow White, her Prince, and the Evil Queen

Daniel Kepl interviews Lilit Hogtanian (Snow White – in red), Kate Kadow (The Evil Queen), and Ryan Camou (Prince) during a frenetic few minutes after rehearsal recently on the eve of opening night for State Street Ballet‘s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Saturday, February 22nd (7:30pm) and Sunday, February 23rd (2:00pm) in Santa Barbara’s historic and newly renovated Lobero Theatre. The interruptions are several during the interview, the video and audio quality is occasionally problematic, but the energy is high, and the Snow White story is wonderfully re-told by the dancers, who also discuss Marina Fliagina‘s descriptive choreography, and A. Christina Giannini‘s accommodating costumes. Life as artists in a professional regional dance company, and what sparked the idea of chasing such an esoteric career, are also subjects touched on during the interview. Tickets are still available at the Lobero Theatre Box office: (805) 963-0761. Group sales: gloriajeanregan@yahoo.com.

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An interview with violinist Andrew Bulbrook of the Calder Quartet on the eve of several performances in California: February 20 – Santa Barbara; February 23 – Berkeley; March 15 – Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Calder exhibit); April 8 – Walt Disney Hall, downtown Los Angeles

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Two reviews: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance & Santa Barbara Dance Theater

Daniel Kepl reviews Wayne McGregor | Random Dance (a performance in Santa Barbara of his ballet FAR) and Santa Barbara Dance Theater (a program titled Time In Motion) for CASA Magazine. Click here to read this week’s CASA Magazine. Click here to download PDFs of these reviews.

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