Huang & Harbison

Montecito Journal
By Richard Mineards
September 26, 2013


Camerata Pacifica kicked off its 24th season at the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall in grand style with the debut of 23-year-old Taiwanese violinist Paul Huang playing John Harbison’s Four Songs of Solitude.

Huang, who plays a 1683 Nicolo Amati, rose magnificently to the challenge, with the rest of the lunchtime concert works by another American named John, with Novacek’s Four Rags For Two Jons featuring a most jolly Warren Jones on piano and Jose Franch-Ballester on clarinet, bringing a delightful end to the energized show.

For the evening performance, John Serry’s Night Rhapsody was added to the chamber music ensemble’s repertoire.

For a third work, Harbison’s Songs America Loves to Sing founder and flutist Adrian Spence joined the talented cast, along with Ani Aznavoorian on cello.