Santa Barbara Symphony News

[Scene Magazine] In perfect symphony

November 22, 2013

Forthcoming SB Symphony Season is A Master Work of Community Collaboration

When the Santa Barbara Symphony launches its all-mozart evening under the baton of guest conductor, Matthias Bamert, at the Granada on Saturday evening, the performance will represent a culmination of years of work by a team of dedicated and often unsung individuals.

By typically featuring seven pairs of concerts, with each pair producing its unique program, pulling the season together is no small undertaking for the Santa Barbara Symphony.


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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Goes All Out for Mozart

November 22, 2013

The last pair of regular concerts in 2013 by the Santa Barbara Symphony will take place at 8 p.m Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Granada Theatre.

There'll be a guest conductor on the podium — Matthias Bamert, former music director of the London Mozart Players — but no guest soloists. There will be many solo passages, but the first chair musicians of this symphony will certainly be able to manage them without any outside help.

Bamert being a well-known specialist in the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, it should come as no surprise that the program consists of three works by that composer, and none by anybody else. We will have Maestro Bamert's informed and authoritative reading of the Serenade No. 10 in Bb-Major for Winds and Double-Bass, K. 361/370a, "Gran Partita"; the Serenade No. 13 in G-Major, K. 525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"; and the Symphony No. 25 in G-Minor, K. 183.


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[Scene Magazine] More than Mostly Mozart

November 22, 2013

This weekend's Santa Barbara Symphony program is an all-Mozart affair, led by noted Swiss guest conductor Matthias Bamert

A prospect of hearing a concert in the all-Mozart category, and not just "mostly Mozart," is good news to lovers and believers of the might of Amadeus, and potenially convert-winning to others who have yet to seet he light. That's the agenda at the Granada Theatre this weekend, when the Santa Barbara Symphony continues its season by turning over the podium to guest conductor Matthias Bamert, a strictly Mozartean menu.

Mr. Bamert, a Swiss-born musician who lived and worked in London for many years, is well equipped for the task at hand, having served as music director for the London Mozart Players, among many other positions over the decades. He was head of the prestigious Lucerne Festival in Switzerland for several years in the '90s, and in London, his adopted hometown, had occassion to lead a few of the few ensembles in that orchestra-rich city, including the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia and the BBC Symphony.


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[Independent] Matthias Bamert Presents Mozart in Context

November 21, 2013

S.B. Symphony Takes On an All-Mozart Program

How can you deepen your understanding of a great composer’s work? Some musicians study his life, his letters, or his society, hoping an accumulation of obscure facts will illuminate his intentions. Others prefer close analysis of the works themselves.

Although it wasn’t by design, conductor Matthias Bamert took an alternative approach to unlocking the mysteries of Mozart. He cultivated his insights by becoming acquainted with music written by the peerless composer’s colleagues and contemporaries.

“I do think I understand Mozart better, now that I know in what context he worked,” he said in an interview from his London home.


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KDB 93.7FM Interview with Pianist Helene Grimaud

November 05, 2013


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[Casa Magazine] The Symphony’s Percussive Opening Notes

October 25, 2013

By Kerry Methner, PhD, CASA

A DRUMROLL AND PERCUSSIVE FIREWORKS opened The Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2013-2014 season recently. Then, after a dynamic concert, the cultural institution pulled their supporters close with an intimate reception in the elegant Founder’s Room at the Granada Theatre in a display of tuxes, ties, and colorful finery. The music began with Wagner’s Overture toTannhäuser then moved into a percussion concerto by American composer Christopher Rouse. Der gerettete Alberich (The Found Alberich) Fantasy for Percussion and Orchestra featured Los Angeles based soloist Ted Atkatz. The, the second half moved to space, with Holst’s The Planets, including an eerie sirens’ call by the Women of the Santa Barbara Choral Society in the last movement.


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