SBCO Subscriptions Now on Sale
Subscription sales are underway for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra's 2016-17 season, which will open October 8 at the Lobero Theatre with a performance of Dvorák's "New World" Symphony and Gershwin's Concerto in F featuring acclaimed pianist Wendy Chen. The ensemble will present eight concerts in all during its 38th season, including appearances by noted soloists Paul Huang (violin) and Alessio Bax (piano). Prices start at $186, and for the first time subscribers can customize their ticket packages.
"Our new season is quite possibly our most ambitious yet, and has a little something for virtually every musical taste," said Chamber Orchestra Executive Director Kevin A. Martin. "We are very excited and proud to offer a program so clearly rich in variety and artistry. We encourage subscribers to reserve their preferred seats now, as these concerts are sure to prove popular."
Ms. Chen, who at age 15 debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under conductor André Previn, became the youngest winner ever of the National Chopin Competition in 1990. She has since performed throughout the world, garnering a steady stream of critical plaudits. The Boston Globe has lauded her "stamina, chops, brilliance, and sensitivity." Tickets for the opening night party, including wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a performance by State Street Ballet, must be purchased separately.
The SBCO's 2016-17 season will continue on November 15 with an intimate chamber music concert in the Santa Barbara Courthouse's newly restored Mural Room featuring compositions by Astor Piazzolla, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Luigi Boccherini. Seating for this performance will be limited to 100. The Chamber Orchestra will next present a holiday program of works by Baroque masters Purcell, Vivaldi, and Corelli at All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara on December 13. Mr. Huang will take on Beethoven's expansive and groundbreaking Violin Concerto in D, and the full ensemble will perform Schubert's much-loved and majestic "Great" Symphony at the Lobero Theatre on January 24. The SBCO also will present Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe on Valentine's Day (Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History), a woodwind showcase on March 21 (Lobero Theatre), and a chamber music and dialogue event featuring KUSC host Alan Chapman on April 4 (University Club), before Mr. Bax closes out the season with Schumann's intensely expressive Piano Concerto in A Minor at the Lobero.
Once again, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra will be led by the peerless Heiichiro Ohyama, who just completed his 33rd year as the ensemble's music director and conductor. Over the course of his distinguished career Maestro Ohyama also has served as principal violist and assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; principal chief conductor of the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan, and the Osaka Symphony Orchestra; artistic director of La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; and music director of the Nagasaki Music Festival. Also a professor of music at the University of California from 1973 to 2003, he received the 1991 Gruber Award for Excellence in Chamber Music Teaching in Los Angeles.