Santa Barbara Symphony News

[Independent] Violinist Timothy Chooi Made His Debut on March 16

March 19, 2014

This Santa Barbara Symphony matinee, titled Classical Knockouts, pulled out all stops on ruckus familiars like Gioacchino Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” and Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” which bookended the program. But by and large the punch was of a subtler sort. Maestro Kabaretti, who has no objection to conducting a chestnut now and again, was not assembling a “greatest hits” concert. Instead, the force manifested through unexpectedly beautiful turns in a program of short works and a breathtaking debut by a 20-year-old violin soloist.


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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Delivers ‘Classical Knockouts’

March 16, 2014

It looks to me like the Santa Barbara Symphony is wheeling out the dessert cart for its next pair of concerts — at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Granada Theatre — which will be served up to us under the title "Classical Knockouts."

Maestro Nir Kabaretti will conduct, with the exciting young violinist Timothy Chooi as guest soloist.

The program for this delectable concert will include the Overture from Gioachino Rossini's opera William Tell (1829); Max Bruch's Concerto No. 1 in G-Minor for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 26 (1868); the Millennium Overture (1999) by Belgian composer Dirk Brossé (born in 1960); Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1 in D-Major, Opus 25 (1917) "Classical"; and the Suite No. 1 from Edvard Grieg's incidental music for Henrik Ibsen's verse drama, Peer Gynt.


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[Noozhawk] Violinist Timothy Chooi Hits Just the Right Notes in Visit to Junior High School Class

March 15, 2014

20-year-old strings star captivates, inspires Santa Barbara Junior High students through music and his own personal story

Santa Barbara Junior High School students in teacher Karen Dutton’s third-period music class got a treat Friday morning when a star Canadian violinist playing an instrument worth $5 million gave them a private mini-performance.

Violinist Timothy Chooi stopped in to talk and play for about 12 students as part of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Musical Mentors Program, which gives local students a chance to interact with visiting musicians.


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[Scene Magazine] On the Musical Launching Pad for International Flights

March 14, 2014

Young Canadian Timothy Chooi Takes On the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Santa Barbara Symphony in His U.S. Orchestra Debut

From an overview perspective, the current Santa Barbara Symphony season has paid attention to the importance of diverse programming. Just this year, for instance, there was the 200th birthday tribute to Verdi in January's operatic program — and then a visit by a well-established and globally famous soloist, celebrated pianist Hél'ne Grimaud in February.

This weekend's symphony program, by contrast, goes the way of championing fresh, young talent in the form of the precociously talented violinist Timothy Chooi. Nineteen years old and still attending Curtis Institute, he is making his U.S. debut in Santa Barbara. That's not to say the not-yet-twenty-something violinist hasn't already made strong inroads and garnered much acclaim, but much of it has been in his native Canada, where he has soloed with the Toronto Symphony, L'Orchestre de Montreal, the Newfoundland Symphony, and others. He also made his Carnegie Hall debut last spring, as part of winning Vadim Repin's Masterclass Scholarship award. He will be performing the ever-popular Bruch Violin Concerto, as part of a program that also includes Rossini's "William Tell Overture," Dirk Brossé's "Millennium Overture," Prokofiev's "Classical Symphony" and Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suite."


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[KEYT] Santa Barbara Students Get Special Violin Performance

March 14, 2014

Canadian violin star Timothy Chooi plays at Santa Barbara Junior High

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Young musicians in Santa Barbara get a special performance Friday from a Canadian violin star.

The Santa Barbara Symphony's Musical Mentors program brought Timothy Chooi to Santa Barbara Junior High to inspire students with his music.


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[Casa Magazine] A Rising Star

March 07, 2014

I caught up with Canadaian violinist Timothy Chooi in the stairwell of his hotel in Austin last week via Skype. He had just finished performing in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, the world's leading audition for violinists under 22. Chooi will be playing Max Bruch's Violin Concerto #1 in G Minor with the Santa Barbara Symphony on Saturday, March 15th at 8pm and Sunday, March 16 at 3pm at the Granada Theatre.


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