Music Academy of the West's 2013 Summer Season Announced
The Music Academy of the West will present a cultural feast of more than 200 events during its 2013 Summer School and Festival, which starts on June 17 and runs through August 10. Among the highlights of this year's festival will be a new production of Mozart's beloved opera The Magic Flute - Santa Barbara's first in 15 years - as well as the West Coast premiere of bereshit by Matthias Pintscher, who is regarded as one of the most sought-after young German composers of his generation. "Magic, Legend, and Ritual" is the festival's theme, and the 66th anniversary season will present performances by violinist Midori, pianist Jeremy Denk, baritone Vladimir Chernov, and the Takács and Brooklyn Rider string quartets - as well as conducting turns by Leonard Slatkin, James Gaffigan, Bernard Labadie, and Nicholas McGegan. Showcasing the Academy's talented Fellows, together with star guest performers and faculty, the events will be presented at the Academy's scenic Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara.
"Every year the Music Academy team aspires to present a transformative experience for our Fellows, and unparalleled music-making for our festival-goers to enjoy," stated Music Academy of the West President Scott Reed. "This summer's dynamic line-up of musical experiences will allow Festival attendees to engage, absorb, and celebrate the many aspects of classical music at its best."
Mosher Guest Artist Residency Program
Generous support from the Samuel B. and Margaret C. Mosher Foundation will once again enable the Music Academy to host four stellar guest artists over the course of this year's summer festival. Ranging in duration, their residencies will involve public masterclasses, performances, and private interaction with Academy Fellows. The Academy's 2013 Mosher Guest Artists are baritone Vladimir Chernov (June 20-24), the quartet Brooklyn Rider (July 3-5), pianist Jeremy Denk (July 15-19), and violinist Midori (July 28-Aug 1).
The Music Academy Voice Program will present a fully-staged production of The Magic Flute - Santa Barbara's first in 15 years - at the Granada Theatre on August 2 and 4. Academy faculty member Warren Jones will conduct; David Paul, a Juilliard faculty member who oversaw the Music Academy's well-received production of The Rake's Progress last summer, will direct. Paul's extensive credits also boast a critically lauded production of Le nozze di Figaro for Washington National Opera.
"The Magic Flute is simply a masterpiece, and it's fresh every time you hear it. It's a great opera for the entire family," said Music Academy Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne. The 23 Academy Fellows who will perform in the production - chosen from among more than 600 applicants as part of the Academy's Voice Program audition process - represent some of today's finest young singing talent. The 45-member opera orchestra will consist of Music Academy instrumental Fellows.
The Academy Festival Orchestra will present seven concerts this season, including four at Santa Barbara's Granada Theatre. Larry Rachleff, who serves as music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Rice University's Shepherd School orchestras, and the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, will conduct the suite from Bartók's The Miraculous Mandarin, Debussy's La mer, and Ravel's La valse on June 22. Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leonard Slatkin will conduct Roberto Sierra's Fandangos, Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 on July 13. Up-and-coming American conductor Tito Muñoz, music director of New York's Ensemble LPR, will take up the baton for "Concerto Night" on July 20, presenting winners of the Academy's 2013 Concerto Competition. James Gaffigan, chief conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, will close out the Summer Festival on August 10 with the overture to Wagner's Rienzi, songs from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn - with Music Academy Voice Fellows in the spotlight, and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.
Additionally, Bernard Labadie, founding director of Canada's Les Violons du Roy and an internationally recognized expert on 17th- and 18th-century repertoire, will lead members of the Academy Festival Orchestra in a program consisting of Gluck's Don Juan, the overture to Mozart's La clemenza di Tito, and Haydn's Symphony No. 101 ("The Clock") on June 29 in the Music Academy's Hahn Hall. On July 1 in Hahn Hall, Matthias Pintscher - who will become music director of Ensemble Intercontemporain this autumn - will conduct the West Coast premiere of his new work bereshit (scheduled to receive its world premiere in May by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra) along with Stravinsky's neoclassical masterpiece Pulcinella (featuring Academy Voice Fellows) and Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin. Nicholas McGegan, the celebrated music director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, will conduct a program of works by Rameau (suite from Platée), Vivaldi (Concerto for violin and echo; Concerto for violin, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, and 2 bassoons), and Haydn (Symphony No. 100) on August 3 at Santa Barbara's First Presbyterian Church.
Chamber Music and Solo Recitals
Presented in Hahn Hall, Tuesdays @ 8 concerts showcase Academy faculty artists performing beloved favorites and undiscovered treasures of the chamber music repertoire. Among the guest artists this season are New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, New York Philharmonic Principal Violist Cynthia Phelps, violist Karen Dreyfus, and violinists Jorja Fleezanis, Erin Keefe, and Brian Lewis. Audiences will enjoy performances by the Takács and Brooklyn Rider string quartets (June 20 and July 3, respectively), as well as recitals by baritone Vladimir Chernov (June 24), pianist Jeremy Denk (July 17), and violinist Midori (July 29 and 31).