"No two of the festivals are alike, no one of them is ever boring."

Gerald Carpenter: UCSB’s Week-Long 12th Primavera Festival Is ‘Textual, Tactile, Astoundingly Ne


By Gerald Carpenter, Noozhawk Contributing Writer |

UC Santa Barbara carillonist Margo Halsted will ring in the opening of the university’s 2014 “Primavera” Festival at 7:45 a.m. Monday with a concert of three works by UCSB composers Emma Lou Diemer, Alexis Crawshaw and Halsted herself.

The unique annual festival was established in 2003 “to highlight the work of UCSB faculty, staff and students in the performing, visual and media arts.” As Jeremy Haladyna has pointed out, Primavera was originally designed on the model of an acoustic musical festival, but each one, like a crystal, has always kept several edges growing toward whatever creative ideal is sacred to the heart of the individual participant, be it acoustic, electronic, multimedia, dramatic, graphic or any other creative medium. No two of the festivals are alike, no one of them is ever boring. This year’s Primavera runs through Saturday.

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