An interview with Artistic Director Steven Schick on the eve of Sweet Thunder – San Francisco Contemporary Music Players’ first Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music at the Fort Mason Center from Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27

Daniel Kepl catches up with percussionist, conductor, author Steven Schick at UC San Diego, prior to a rehearsal with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus which he conducts, one of several gigs that keep him busy around the country, including presiding as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, which will be presenting a world-class showcase of contemporary electro-acoustic music, ensembles, and artists called SWEET THUNDER from Thursday, April 24th through Sunday, April 27th at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Click here for a complete schedule of concerts and to order tickets online or call SFCMP in San Francisco at 415-278-9566.

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An interview with dramatic soprano Alexandra LoBianco on the eve of her debut as Magda in Menotti’s The Consul with Opera Santa Barbara

Daniel Kepl chatted with American soprano Alexandra LoBianco about career – she nearly became a music therapist – opera as theatre, and Gian Carlo Menotti’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera The Consul. She will be singing the pivotal role of Magda Sorel in her Opera Santa Barbara debut on April 25 and 27 at the Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara.

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Los Angeles-based clarinetist Donald Foster sheds a little light on the mysterious world of Hollywood film studio orchestras . . .

Daniel Kepl interviews Donald Foster, Principal Clarinet of the Pasadena Symphony and Santa Barbara Symphony, on the eve of his performance of the Clarinet Concerto by Aaron Copland with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Nir Kabaretti conducting. Performances are Saturday, April 12 (8pm) and Sunday, April 13 (3pm) at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara.

Be sure to watch the one-and-only take video of the NBC Nightly News theme, John Williams conducting. Foster explains in the interview that John Williams is one of his “accounts.” Be sure to read the Foster interview in CASA Magazine April 11-20. That issue will also have my reviews of State Street Ballet‘s performance of choreographer William Soleau’s Carmen, and  the Westmont College men’s and women’s choirs.

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An interview from Britain with Camerata Pacifica’s Principal Oboe Nicholas Daniel on the eve of performances by the ensemble in Pasadena, Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara

Daniel Kepl interviews Nicholas Daniel prior to his performances with Camerata Pacifica colleagues in Ventura (April 6), Pasadena (April 8), Los Angeles (April 10) and Santa Barbara (April 11). For more information and to buy tickets, call (805) 884-8410.

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