Archive » July 12, 2007
THIS WEEK AT THE MUSIC ACADEMY
By Steven Libowitz
We’re deep into the summer now. Concerto Competition winners have been determined and are busy preparing their pieces for their public orchestral debut later this month, while the vocalists not only perform the much-beloved annual event “Opera Showcase” (nee Opera Scenes), but have also intensified their work for the all-important Marilyn Horne Vocal Competition that takes place the same day as Concerto Night, July 21. Meanwhile, master classes, Picnic Concerts and special events continue.
Here are the highlights of the coming week:
Thursday, July 12: Academy Open House – Everything at the Montecito campus is free as part of this annual Community Day, including all master classes (piano at 1 pm and viola at 3:15 pm usually carry a $12 charge). The day begins at 9:30 am with an information table in front of the main house that stays open until 3 pm. Special activities include Carole Halsted leading a 10 am tour of the gardens at the former Miraflores estate designed 90 years ago by Paul G. Thiene (meet at the info table).
An introduction to the summer festival will be offered at 11 am, while the Academy’s MERIT students – see Monday’s listing for more on them – host “Up Close & Musical,” a hands-on, Q&A session for parents and children at 2 pm in Anne’s Garden (cookies and lemonade will be served). At 3:15 pm, Fred Lehto, a longtime MAW staffer, leads a tour of the campus focusing on both its human and architectural history, including lore from the festival’s 60 years. Finally, a special master class featuring the winners of last Saturday’s Concerto Competition Finals being coached in preparation for their performances with the Academy Festival Orchestra on July 21 will be held in Lehmann Hall at 8pm.
Friday, July 13: The third Picnic Concert of the summer boasts Academy young artists in various chamber music settings that can range from the three B’s – often arranged for different instruments – to rarely heard composers. Feel free to take the title literally and enjoy the gardens for your own home-prepared al fresco meal. (7:30 pm, Abravanel; $18).
Saturday, July 14: Opera Showcase – Stage director Lotfi Mansouri and music director Warren Jones team up again, and you won’t want to miss this, especially after the success of last year’s thrilling presentation of scenes and arias from some of the world’s best-loved operas performed by the young singers of the Academy’s vocal program. See “Classical Connection” for an interview with Jones. (2 pm, Abravanel, $28; repeated 7:30 pm Monday, July 16).
Also, Jeffrey Tate returns for his 15th summer as a guest conductor of the Academy Festival Orchestra for tonight’s performance of Beethoven’s weighty Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 and the same ordinal in Sibelius’s symphonic canon, this one in E-flat Major, Op. 82. Tate’s 30-year conducting career includes positions with chamber orchestras, symphonies and, especially, opera companies around the world, most recently as the principal guest conductor of the Orchestra Nazionale della RAI in Turin, Italy. Tate, considered one of the leading interpreters of Mozart, Strauss, and Wagner, has been named Knight Commander of the British Empire. (8pm, Lobero, $40).
Sunday, July 15: A free chamber music recital features the MERIT (Music Education Reinforces Intellect and Talent) students, comprised of talented local school-age musicians who have been mentored by the Academy’s visiting young artists. The concert culminates the two-week immersion in the program that requires an audition to gain entry. Today’s program includes Bach’s double violin concerto featuring violinists Camille Miller and Sofiya Prykhitko, plus works by Beethoven, Corelli, Jacob, and Mozart. (1 pm, Abravanel, free).
Tuesday, July 17: After three straight weeks of challenging programs featuring either rarely heard works or new arrangements of familiar pieces, the MAW faculty concert series Tuesdays@8 delivers a purely delightful and well-known repertoire: Bach’s Trio Sonata in G Major, Mozart’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, and Dvorak’s Piano Trio in F Minor. (8pm, Lobero, $38).
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