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[Bravo California] Interview with Los Angeles-based percussionist Ted Atkatz

October 11, 2013

An interview with Los Angeles-based percussionist Ted Atkatz, who will be playing Christopher Rouse’s Fantasy for Percussion and Orchestra with the Santa Barbara Symphony October 12 & 13

By Dan Kepl

Daniel Kepl interviews former Principal Percussion of the Chicago Symphony Ted Atkatz, who is now freelancing with Los Angeles’ many professional orchestras and studios. He is on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West in the summer, performs all over the world as a virtuoso classical percussion soloist, and is also busy booking gigs for his rock band NYCO. He’ll be playing Christopher Rouse’s amazing Fantasy for Percussion and Orchestra subtitled Der Gerettete Alberich with the Santa Barbara Symphony this Saturday (8pm) and Sunday (3pm) at the Granada Theatre. Conductor Nir Kabaretti will also conduct Wagner’s Overture to the opera Tannhauser and Holst’s The Planets.

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[Scene Magazine] Symphonic Rumblings, at the Season’s Launch

October 11, 2013

The Santa Barbara Symphony's 61st season launches this weekend at the Granada with percussive and wagnerian notes and a tour of 'The Planets'

By Josef Woodard, News-Press Correspondent

Almost exactly a year ago, the Santa Barbara Symphony saw fit to celebrate its impressive and gala 60th anniversary season with a double-header of crowd-pleasers. The orchestra, lead for several years now by mastro Nir Kabaretti, dished up Rachmaninov's ever-popular Piano Concerto No. 2--with a grand splash of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as a showcase of what this orchestra is capable of playing. And as an appetizer fanfare with a local note and point of origin, composer Emma Lou Diemer's "Santa Barbara Overture" launched the evening, and the milestone season.

This weekend, as the Symphony slides into season number 61 with a concert dubbed "Wagner, Percussion and Space," the grogrammatic going is a bit more adventurous, but also geared for pleasure. Mr. Wagner is a composer rarely played by this orchestra, but, in fact, the great German composer has the season-kickoff status, via the emotionally wrought overture to the mortality-tale opera, "Tannhauser."

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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Opening Season with Audio Extravaganza

October 11, 2013

By Gerald Carpenter, Noozhawk Contributing Writer

The Santa Barbara Symphony, conducted by Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will open its 2013-14 season with a pair of gala concerts, at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Granada Theatre.

Percussionist Ted Atkatz will be the featured guest artist, and the program also will utilize the celestial vocal blend of the women of the Santa Barbara Choral Society.

Said program will include the Overture to Richard Wagner's opera, Tannhauser (1845); Christopher Rouse's exciting concerted work, "Der Gerettete Alberich" Fantasy for Percussion and Orchestra (1997), and Gustav Holst's epic astrological fantasy, The Planets, Opus 32 (1914-1916).

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[Montecito Journal] Wagner, Percussion and Space

October 10, 2013

By Steve Libowitz, Montecito Journal

If you dropped into the Granada Theatre in the middle of a Santa Barbara Symphony program this weekend, you might think you'd stumbled into a rock concert or jazz gig for a moment. But that would just be Ted Atkatz, the former Principal Percussionist of the Chicago Symphony who left to concentrate on his own rock band, romping around the stage playing Christopher Rouse's witty "Fantasy for Percussion and Orchestra." The modern work by the Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning is the centerpiece of a concert pair that also features Wagner's epic Tannhauser Overture and Holst's popular The Planets Suite, all part of "Wagner, Percussion and Space," a concert that kicks off the Symphony's season with a bang.

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[Independent] Ted Atkatz Explores the Possibilities of Percussion

October 10, 2013

S.B. Symphony Season Opens with Rouse on October 12

By Tom Jacobs, Independent

People have preconceived notions about percussion. That’s Ted Atkatz’s lament, and he has a point. Most of us think of drums, cymbals, and their cousins as essentially rhythm instruments — ways of keeping the beat. But to the virtuoso percussionist and longtime Music Academy of the West instructor, who will be guest soloist for the opening weekend concerts of the Santa Barbara Symphony, that’s ridiculously reductive.

“To find the lyrical and linear side of percussion is a lifelong pursuit of mine,” Atkatz said in a recent interview. “There are so many nuances to be found.

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[Scene Magazine] A Creative Community

September 20, 2013

Destination: Corner of State and Sola Streets, Santa Barbara

By Brett Leigh Dicks, News-Press Correspondent

Located on the corner of State and Sola Streets is the Santa Barbara Arts and Culture Center. The former home of Washington Mutual's mortgage division, in 2009 the building became the 13th acquisition of the Hutton Foundation, which, subsequently opened the building's doors to nonprofit arts tenants. The structure is now home to a range of performance arts-based organizations, making it one of the most creatively dynamic corners in Santa Barbara.

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