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[Independent] Santa Barbara Symphony Rings in New Year

December 24, 2014

Annual Pops Concert Closes Out 2014 with Rhapsody in Blue

Disguised in sparkly New Year’s Eve costumes as crowd-pleasing programs of light fare, the Santa Barbara Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Pops concerts are actually stimulating sources of thought-provoking party music. Taking an approach that’s grounded in the history of the orchestral “Pops” repertoire in America, and of the groundbreaking Boston Pops in particular, Maestro Robert Bernhardt illustrates and emphasizes what’s interesting about a wide range of musical styles, even as he teases the festive audience with goofy puns and witty allusions.

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[Scene Magazine] Beethoven takes State Street

November 24, 2014

The Santa Barbara Symphony shines with a mostly Beethoven concert, with prodigy Caroline Goulding as soloist

Viewed as part of the overall current season of the Santa Barbara Symphony, last weekend's Granada concert program might have seemed to be a relatively understated venture. It was a concert just built around Beethoven, and from the turn-of-the-19th-century period, before his stormier and more profound achievements later in his musical life.

Of course, "just" is not at all the right word when it comes to one of the greatest composers in Western musical culture. Not incidentally, a particular allure of this program had to do with its tight and engaging sense of focus, with three works created within a short 23-year spread, from Beethoven mentor Haydn's "Overture to 'Armida,'" from 1783, to the too-rarely performed Symphony No. 1 (circa 1800) and his lone Violin Concerto, composed in 1806. It has to be noted that the violin soloist was not "just" anybody, either, but the dazzling teenage sensation Caroline Goulding, who, to succumb to the cliché, is mature beyond her years - all of 16 of them by now.

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[Casa Magazine] Beethoven the Great

November 24, 2014

Conducting the first two works of the evening from memory, conductor Nir Kabaretti offered an informal mini-history lesson before last Saturday night's performance by the Santa Barbara Symphony at the Granada Theatre. Reminding this audience that Beethoven had studied composition with Haydn, Kabaretti illustrated the similarities, but also the generation gaps between the two geniuses by opening the program with Haydn's overture to the opera Armida, his last work in that genre.

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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony to Open New Season with Weekend Concerts

October 20, 2014

The Santa Barbara Symphony, conducted by Nir Kabaretti, opens its 2014-15 season with a veritable flood of romantic music, in concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Granada Theatre.

The guest artist for these concerts will be the sensational young Argentinean pianist Ingrid Fliter.

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[Scene Magazine] Taking Chopin mountain, for starters

October 17, 2014

Argentina-born pianist Ingrid Fliter opens the Santa Barbara Symphony Season with a Chopin solo and more

In the summer of 2012, one of many bold impressions made under the auspices of the Music Academy of the West's musical thicket was a recital by the highly regarded pianist Ingrid Fliter, who made beautiful and ruggedly disciplined music of a program highlighted by Chopin (a specialty of hers) and Beethoven. This weekend at the Granada, local audiences will get a chance to observe the Argentina-born and NYC/Milan-based pianist in another perspective, when she takes on Chopin's Piano Concerto #2, in the opening concert of the new Santa Barbara Symphony Season.

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[Music! Sounds of Santa Barbara] Interview with Ingrid Fliter

September 30, 2014

By Brett Leigh Dicks, Music! Santa Barbara

Born in Buenos Aires, Ingrid Fliter began her piano studies in Argentina with Elizabeth Westerkamp. The burgeoning pianist made her first public appearance at age 11 and her concerto debut at the Teatro Colon at 16. In 1992 she moved to Europe where she continued her studies at the Freiburg Musikhochschule with Vitaly Margulis, before heading to Rome to work with Carlo Bruno and Franco Scala and Boris Petrushansky at the Academy "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola. The turning point in her career came in 2006 when she was awarded the Gilmore Artist Award. The prestigious award is presented to exceptional pianists who, regardless of age or nationality, possess a profound musicianship and charisma and sustain a career as a major international concert artist. Fliter has certainly done that. She has established a reputation as one of the pre-eminent interpreters of Chopin, with her two all-Chopin recordings released through EMI Classics being a stirring testament to that. This month she furthers that claim still when she joins Nir Kabaretti and the Santa Barbara Symphony on October 18th and 19th for two performances of Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Granada Theatre.

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