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Schumann Squared in Broadway SCHUMANN SQUARED
Lobero Theatre
5/16-5/16/2017
A double helping of Robert Schumann will bring the season to a memorable close. We welcome back dazzling Italian pianist Alessio Bax for Schumann’s intensely expressive Piano Concerto in A minor, followed by a stirring orchestral performance of the remarkably triumphant Symphony No. 2 in C. Praised for his lyrical playing, insightful interpretations, and extraordinary technique, Mr. Bax has appeared as a soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal philharmonic orchestras, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle. Last season he embarked on successful tours of South America and Asia, and returned to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for engagements in New York and on tour, among other highlights. According to Gramophone magazine, “His playing quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity.” Program: Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 Schumann Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61
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Yo-Yo Ma – Edgar Meyer – Chris Thile in Broadway YO-YO MA – EDGAR MEYER – CHRIS THILE
University of California Santa Barbara - The Granada Theatre
5/17-5/17/2017
In 2011 these virtuosos and friends made history with The Goat Rodeo Sessions, a recording that blurred the lines of bluegrass, jazz and classical music to the delight of sold-out crowds and critics who gleefully praised the one-of-a-kind collaboration. Together once again, they’ll explore an all-Bach program. Yo-Yo Ma’s rendition of the Bach Cello Suites is regarded as a masterwork. Double bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile – masters in their own right, each a MacArthur Fellow – join him in arrangements of The Art of the Fugue, keyboard works including The Well-Tempered Clavier and various trio sonatas.
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Brooklyn Rider with Kayhan Kalhor in Broadway BROOKLYN RIDER WITH KAYHAN KALHOR
University of California Santa Barbara - Campbell Hall
5/17-5/17/2017
The innovative young string quartet Brooklyn Rider is praised for its “Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place” (Pittsburg Post-Gazette). In a night of superb musicianship, Johnny Gandelsman on violin, Colin Jacobsen on violin, Nicholas Cords on viola and Michael Nicolas on cello join three-time Grammy Award-nominee Kayhan Kalhor, the world’s preeminent master of the kamancheh (four-stringed upright Persian fiddle). These string marvels have moved Santa Barbara audiences as part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Their collaborative album, Silent City, highlights their repertoire of classic pieces, contemporary compositions and originals as they find common ground between Persian folk and modern minimalism.
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