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  • Nicole Lamartine
We sat down with Dr. Nicole Lamartine, UCSB’s Sorensen Director of Choral Music, and asked her about her upcoming concert, UCSB Choirs by Candlelight: CLARITY. In this video interview, she discusses the concert’s venue, the inspiration behind its program and themes, and its three performing choirs. Read more...
 
  • Dr. Sarah Gibson
We spoke with Dr. Sarah Gibson about the upcoming concert she will be directing for the Ensemble for Contemporary Music, titled “Stay on It.” In this interview, she discusses her inspiration for the concert’s program, her philosophy for directing the ensemble, and what she loves most about her ensemble members. Read more...
 
  • Maxim Kuzin
UC Santa Barbara Lecturer Dr. Maxim Kuzin conducted two concerts, titled “Opus 57,” with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic as one of two finalists for the position of the Music Director of the organization. The concerts took place on November 5 and 7, 2021 at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center Scherr Forum Theater, and featured six young soloists performing concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach, Max Bruch, Edvard Grieg, Dmitry Kabalevsky, Felix Mendelssohn, and Dmitri Shostakovich. The soloists included pianists Daniel Aluko, Jolynn Cai, Benjamin Chung, and Emma Sun, as well as violinists Beatrice Jiang and Jennifer Suarez-Tan. Read more...
 
  • Isabel Bayrakdarian
Professor Isabel Bayrakdarian’s most recent album, Armenian Songs for Children, has been put up for consideration for a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.” If awarded an official nomination on November 23, Armenian Songs for Children will appear in the “Best Classical Solo Vocal Album” category at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, which will take place on January 31, 2022 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Read more...
 
  • Max Jack
Alumnus Max Jack ‘19 was appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development at the Center for the History of Emotions for the 21-22 and 22-23 academic years. Jack’s main areas of focus during his appointment include atmosphere and affect theory, anti-capitalist movements, crowds and protest, music in sport, and sound studies. Jack’s upcoming book project, Insurgent Fandom, will explore the ways that crowds can be mobilized to express social and political commentary in the context of professional sport. Read more...
 
  • Benjamin Brecher
Professor Benjamin Brecher, Continuing Lecturer Jon Nathan, and Lecturer Dustin McKinney will be featured in Opera Santa Barbara’s double-bill production of Giacomo Puccini’s Il Tabarro (The Cloak) and Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician) on Friday, October 29 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 2:30 pm at the Lobero Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. Brecher will play the role of Tinca in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, while Nathan will serve as Principal Timpani/Percussion and McKinney will serve as Second Trumpet for both operas as members of the Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra. Read more...
  • Valdis Jansons with the cast of La Fanciulla del West
Doctoral Student Valdis Jansons was featured in Giacomo Puccini’s three-act opera La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the West) at Teatro Grande in Brescia, Italy from September 22-26, 2021. The production was conducted by Valerio Galli and directed by Andrea Cigni, with whom Jansons had already worked for the production of Gaetano Donizetti's Pia de' Tolomei at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina in the summer of 2018. Read more...
  • Dr. Nicole Lamartine
Dr. Nicole Lamartine, UC Santa Barbara’s Sorensen Director of Choral Music, was featured in a recent story in the Santa Barbara Independent spotlighting the Santa Barbara Gay Men’s Chorus (SBGMC). As the SBGMC’s Artistic Director, Dr. Lamartine will lead the tenor-based group in their first-ever concert on Monday, December 13, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Santa Barbara. Read more...
 
  • Brandon J. Rolle
Brandon J. Rolle is a composer and conductor who lives in Los Angeles. He received his PhD in Music Composition from the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Spring of 2019. Rolle’s music is published under Precious Noise Music (ASCAP), and he is represented by Black Tea Music; his debut album, Glitch Portraiture, is set to be released at the end of 2021 by Arpaviva Records. Rolle spoke with us about recent projects, including the Impulse New Music Festival, a non-profit organization that Rolle co-founded and for which he serves as Artistic Director. Impulse’s 2021 festival was held online this past August, and included nearly 150 events, sixteen commissions, and four concerts of new music. Read more...
  • QuartetES
Professor Jennifer Kloetzel and Lecturer Ertan Torgul had a few months full of performances, master classes, chamber music coachings, and educational workshops. As founding members of QuartetES, Kloetzel and Torgul traveled to Lake Dunmore, Vermont for a two-week residency at Point Counterpoint, working closely with young chamber musicians, giving private lessons, coachings, and performances with colleagues violinist Anton Miller and violist Rita Porfiris. Read more...