Reviews

  • Camerata Pacifica’s May Concert at Abravanel Hall, Music Academy of the West

    May 24, 2007

    SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT By James Donelan May 24, 2007 The concerto gives us the heroic image of a single player, bravely making a musical statement with a huge orchestra behind and an even bigger audience in front. On Friday night, Catherine Leonard gave this image new meaning when she..more »

  • IN CONCERT: Inspired by bombs dropping

    May 18, 2007

    SANTA BARBARA NEWS-PRESS TOM JACOBS, NEWS-PRESS STAFF May 18, 2007 The horrors of war have inspired many works of art, from “Guernica” to “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Today at the Music Academy of the West, Camerata Pacifica will perform an addition to that..more »

  • Camerata Pacifica Premieres Wilson’s Messenger Concerto

    May 17, 2007

    SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT By Charles Donelan May 17, 2007 If playing classical music in the talent-saturated Southern California market is a high-wire act of sorts, then composing original contemporary classical music for that same market is the ultimate thrill, a little like one of the side..more »

  • Da Brahms – Camerata Pacifica’s April concert at Lotte Lehmann Hall

    April 26, 2007

    SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT By Charles Donelan April 26, 2007 At the opening of Camerata Pacifica’s April concert, Adrian Spence assured the audience that there would be no difficult music on the program, just lots of “vacuous virtuosity.” The musicians then played Café Concertino by the..more »

  • Taming the ‘Tempest’

    April 23, 2007

    SANTA BARBARA NEWS-PRESS JOSEF WOODARD, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT April 23, 2007 The weather outside wasn’t exactly frightful, but it was certainly moody Friday, and unable to decide whether it was officially a rainy day. Inside the Music Academy of the West’s intimate Abravanel Hall,..more »

  • ON THE TOWN: Chamber group celebrates violist with lifetime achievement award

    April 15, 2007

    SANTA BARBARA NEWS-PRESS JOSEF WOODARD, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT April 15, 2007 Violist Donald McInnes was honored with Camerata Pacifica’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to classical music. He resigned as the principal violist of the chamber group to become..more »

  • Time without Boundaries

    March 22, 2007

    SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT By Charles Donelan March 22, 2007 Camerata Pacifica pushed the programming envelope on Friday by putting the intermission before the first piece. The audience heard 20 minutes of discussion and demonstration from the massed players about the evening’s featured work,..more »

  • Call Your Ma

    February 15, 2007

    SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT By Charles Donelan February 15, 2007 Camerata Pacifica continues to follow its formula of juxtaposing “difficult” modern compositions with the more adventurous aspects of the standard repertoire. Typically, the first half of the program offers the avant-garde..more »

  • IN CONCERT: Take on Takemitsu’s ‘Rain Spell’ drenched in life and beauty

    February 12, 2007

    SANTA BARBARA NEWS-PRESS JOSEF WOODARD, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT February 12, 2007 Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu clearly left us too early, passing on at the age of 66 in 1996, depriving us of what else might have come from this fascinating thinker. Recognition of his expressive power was..more »

  • Through a modern prism

    February 9, 2007

    LOS ANGELES TIMES By Chris Pasles February 9, 2007 It’s a bromide that the present colors perception of the past. But that’s what happened at the Camerata Pacifica concert Wednesday at Zipper Concert Hall at the downtown Colburn School of Performing Arts. And it was illuminating. The..more »

  • Power of Five

    January 17, 2007

    SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT By Charles Donelan January 17, 2007 Written for violin and piano, the piece is a superb example of the genuine and significant impact of the theater of the absurd, dada, and surrealism on composition. “Klangwölfe” is played so quietly that it frequently lingers on..more »

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