Reviews

  • Awesome Adam

    February 14, 2013

    Montecito Journal By Richard Mineards February 14, 2013 International artist Adam Neiman was front and center at the Camerata Pacifica concert at the Music Academy of the West, performing Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera’s four movement Sonata para Piano No.1 at breakneck speed in just 15..more »

  • Camerata Pacifica February Concert

    February 12, 2013

    Santa Barbara Independent By Joseph Miller February 12, 2013 With regularity that rivals a pulse, every month Camerata Pacifica pumps out a fresh program of chamber music and, in the span of one week, sends this musical vitality through four concert venues from Santa Barbara to Pasadena. But only..more »

  • Catherine at Camerata

    January 17, 2013

    Montecito Journal By Richard Mineards January 17, 2013 After a lengthy absence in her native Irelands, Catherine Leonard was back in the spotlight with the Camerata Pacifica at the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall. The talented beauty, with her 350-year-old Francesco Ruggeri violin,..more »

  • Concert Review: The Power of Two

    January 16, 2013

    Santa Barbara News-Press Josef Woodard January 16, 2013 If there was a presiding theme in Camerata Pacifica’s first concert of the New Year Friday night at Hahn Hall, it clearly had to do with the math and the powers of the duo. In the malleable membership of the always-impressive and also..more »

  • January Concert Features Chamber Works by Brahms, Ravel, Rubinstein, and Mozart

    January 15, 2013

    Santa Barbara Independent By Joseph Miller January 15, 2013 Before a note was played, exciting news warmed this unusually cold winter night. First, there was the return of principal violinist Catherine Leonard, who had been on leave due to finger strain; second, there was the announcement of a..more »

  • Camerata Pacifica/Santa Barbara Symphony: The French Connection

    November 16, 2012

    Casa Magazine By Daniel Kepl November 16, 2012 Artistic convergence occurred last weekend, and it had a French accent. Camerata Pacifica, Adrian Spence’s world-class Santa Barbara-based professional chamber music ensemble, and the Santa Barbara Symphony, arguably one of the best regional..more »

  • Concert Review: Harp, Up Front and Centered

    November 15, 2012

    Santa Barbara News-Press By Josef Woodard November 15, 2012 Before a note was played, exciting news warmed this unusually cold winter night. First, there was the return of principal violinist Catherine Leonard, who had been on leave due to finger strain; second, there was the announcement of a..more »

  • 19th Century Lunching Option

    November 12, 2012

    Santa Barbara News-Press By Josef Woodard November 12, 2012 Thankfully for serious music fans in town, the chamber music bounty that is Camerata Pacifica is off and running in its season by now, having heeded its habit of starting the concert season a month earlier than most classical music..more »

  • Camerata Pacifica October 12 Concert

    October 16, 2012

    Santa Barbara Independent By Joseph Miller October 16, 2012 Last month Camerata Pacifica patrons saw one of the largest gatherings of musicians (12) in the chamber group’s history, and enjoyed the volume, thick textures, and diverse timbres that come with bigness. For October, however, the..more »

  • Camerata Pacifica: Performance Panache

    September 28, 2012

    Casa Magazine By Daniel Kepl September 28, 2012 The world premiere of Huang Ruo’s In Other Words: Concerto for Viola and Chamber Ensemble, a work of shamanic ritual, raw, even shocking outbursts, and fragile beauty, launched Camerata Pacifica’s 2012-2013 season, at the Music Academy of the..more »

  • Camerata Pacifica September

    June 26, 2012

    Santa Barbara Independent By Joseph Miller September 26, 2012 At the heart of this essentially avant-garde season opener was a newly commissioned viola concerto, In Other Words, by Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo, written especially for Camerata Pacifica’s Richard Yongjae O’Neill. Huang,..more »

  • May Concert Featured Works by Duruflé and Fauré

    May 21, 2012

    Santa Barbara Independent By Joseph Miller May 21, 2012 Faced with reconfiguring its May program only a week before the Los Angeles concert, Camerata Pacifica pulled flowers out of a hat — a French bowler in this case — and erected an exquisite spring bouquet on the tripod of Gabriel Fauré,..more »

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