Classical Camerata

Classical Camerata

by Richard Mineards

Montecito Journal Miscellany

April 21, 2016

Camerata Pacifica, which is celebrating its 26th season, staged one of its most unusual performances yet at the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall.

The lunchtime concert launched with Nigel Osborne’s “Journey to the End of the Night,” featuring oboist Nicholas Daniel and percussionist Ji Hye Jung on xylophone, as well as taped street noises, followed by her solo on the vibraphone with
Christopher Deane’s “Mourning Dove Sonnet.”

The performance concluded with Claude Debussy’s “Les Chansons de
Bilitis” featuring French poems from actress Caroline Bloom interspersed with the music from flutists Adrian Spence and Melanie Lancon, harpists Bridget Kibbey and Marcia Dickstein, and Egle Januleviciute on celesta, a keyboard instrument akin to
a harmonium.

In the evening concert, the chamber players debuted the world premiere of David Bruce’s new 20-minute work for oboe, harp, cello, and percussion, which was commissioned for Camerata Pacifica by Bob Klein and Lynne Cantlay.

Bruce, who hails from Stamford, Connecticut, and grew up in England, had his 2011 work “Steampunk” performed by the chamber players a couple of months ago.

“We like to push the buttons and the boundaries,” says Camerata Pacifica founder Spence. Say that again.