by Richard Mineards
Montecito Journal Miscellany
May 19, 2016
Over at the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, it was the turn of Camerata Pacifica to wrap up its 26th
season where Irish founder and flautist Adrian Spence announced they were ending their lunchtime concert program after many years while continuing their popular evening performances.
“Next year, there will be a great deal of construction happening on campus and the noise, right next to this hall, will have too great an impact on our music,” he explained, as audible groans emanated from the audience. But it was certainly a wonderful farewell with Samuel Barber’s “String Quartet in B Minor” with violinists Giora Schmidt and Agnes Gottschewski, violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill, and cellist Ani Aznavoorian.
In the second work, Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence,” the talented quartet were joined by another violist, Robert Brophy, who also plays with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which was in our Eden by the Beach recently at the Granada.
A glorious end to the lunchtime tradition.