Symphony News

[Scene Magazine] A Sacred, Profane and Firebird-ish Encounter

February 08, 2013

Santa Barbara Symphony principal harpist Michelle Temple is featured as a soloist this weekend on Debussy’s ‘Sacred and Profane Dances’

By Josef Woodard, New-Press Correspondent

In the scheme of the current, 60th annual concert season of the Santa Barbara Symphony, this weekend’s program arrives with special fanfare. Music meets dance, and different arts organizations collude, when the Symphony meets State Street Ballet for a newly-choreographed production of one of Stravinsky’s great ballets, “The Firebird.” This will be an encore collaboration, after a music-dance partnership on the theme of Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” three years ago.

But in another way, for the opening piece of the concert, the weekend’s program turns a special spotlight inward to the orchestra’s own musical ranks. Soloist-wise, the Symphony’s principle harpist Michelle Temple will take center stage to play the classic Debussy harp piece “Sacred and Profane Dances,” also heard last fall via Camerata Pacifica, with harp soloist Bridget Kibbey. Ms. Temple has long been principle harpist with the Santa Barbara Symphony as well as the Pacific Symphony, and has worked with many other classical music groups around Southern California, along with doing studio work.

We checked in with Ms. Temple recently to discuss her spotlight moment, and other relevant matters.

News-Press: The upcoming Santa Barbara Symphony concert is a special program, with the “The Firebird” music and dance collaboration as the centerpiece. Is there a sense within the orchestra’s ranks that this concert is a special moment on the season schedule?

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[Scene Magazine] Taming ‘The Firebird’

February 08, 2013

Esteemed choreographer William Soleau premieres his original choreography for Igor Stravinsky’s eminent ballet ‘The Firebird’

By Joe Hansen, News-Press Correspondent

Today it’s difficult to imagine the world of ballet without Igor Stravinsky.

But prior to the evening of June 25, 1910, Stravinsky was just an unknown 27-year-old composer. That was before “The Firebird.”

The nearly hour-long ballet famously propelled Stravinsky to renown — he would pen “Petrushka” and the Earth-shattering “Rite of Spring” in the next two years — and Stravinsky’s musical genius became a boon for a long list of gifted choreographers who left their stamp on the ballet, beginning with the original choreographer Michel Fokine.

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[Santa Barbara Seasons] SB Symphony and State Street Ballet Present Stravinsky’s Firebird

February 07, 2013

By Chelsea Joy, Santa Barbara Seasons

Even the most expensive pair of headphones will never fully capture the largest crescendo or the most delicate diminuendo— there’s simply nothing quite like witnessing a live production of great classical music, especially with Santa Barbara Symphony. On Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, Santa Barbara Symphony teams up with State Street Ballet for a production of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird, the orchestral masterpiece which sky-rocketed Stravinsky to international fame more than 100 years ago, at the Granada Theatre. The concert will feature the world premiere of William Soleau’s Firebird choreography under the direction of Rodney Gustafson, and a grand moment for harpist Michelle Temple as she opens with Debussy’s Sacred and Profane Dances for solo harp and string orchestra. The Symphony will follow with Brahms’ memorable Third Symphony, with Firebird as the powerful finale.These concerts mark the 60th Anniversary of Santa Barbara Symphony.

"We reunite with the magnificent talents of the State Street Ballet to bring to life the work that launched Stravinsky’s career,” says Nir Kabaretti, the Symphony’s music and artistic director. “We welcome Santa Barbara to experience the power of dance set to a live orchestra."

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KDB 93.7FM interview with choreographer William Soleau

February 07, 2013

[Noozhawk] Youth Symphony Concert to Feature DP Student Joel Yan as Violin Soloist

January 31, 2013

By Kelly Kapuan, Publicist

Experience the talented young musicians of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony in the 2013 spring concert.

Under Music Director Andy Radford, violin soloist Joel Yan will perform Scherzo from Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Opus 70 by Antonín Leopold Dvořák.

The Youth Symphony will also perform Aaron Copland’s Billy at the Rodeo, Franz Joseph Haydn’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in G Major and Russian Easter Festival Overture, Opus 36 by composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

The concert will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at First Presbyterian Church.

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[Family Life Magazine] Together Again! SB Symphony & State Street Ballet for Premiere of Firebird

January 31, 2013

By Santa Barbara Family Life

State Street Ballet’s Kate Kadow is a dancer’s image Stravinsky may have had in mind when he wrote The Firebird Suite. Don’t miss a Santa Barbara Symphony/State Street Ballet collaboration of choreographer William Soleau’s fresh take on the ballet at the February symphony concert.

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