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{1} CAMA announces
The 2016-2017 Season
98th Concert Season
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The CAMA Women's Board


Community Arts Music Association (CAMA)

Kent Nagano, conductor
Kent Nagano | Leda & St.Jacques photo

at The Granada Theatre

Season Sponsorship: SAGE Publications

2015-2016 Season

The world's finest classical musicians play right here in Santa Barbara.

CAMA’s International Series at The Granada Theatre’s 97th Season features a plethora of today’s most celebrated artists on the international music scene. Opening the season in October will be the most widely recognized pianist on the planet, Lang Lang. Violinist Pinchas Zukerman will lead Britain’s powerful Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in January, while Joshua Bell will return with the refined Academy of St Martin in the Fields from London in March. Canada’s vaunted Montréal Symphony Orchestra returns to Santa Barbara after a 27-year absence under the direction of distinguished conductor Kent Nagano and featuring young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, who is emerging as one of the brightest names of the next generation of pianists. And the Los Angeles Philharmonic makes its annual visit to Santa Barbara with brilliant young Czech maestro Jakub Hrůša as guest conductor and CAMA favorite Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano.

All International Series concerts take place at
The Granada Theatre,
1214 State Street, Santa Barbara

All concert programs and artists are subject to change.

More information on each concert below.

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6-Concert Season Subscriptions on sale now! – Call CAMA (805) 966-4324
Single Tickets on sale Friday, September 4, 2015 – Call The Granada Theatre Box Office (805) 899-2222


Lang Lang, piano | Harald Hoffmann photo ©Sony Classical
Lang Lang, piano | Harald Hoffmann photo ©Sony Classical


Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 8pm

CAMA presents
LANG LANG, piano

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op.37a
Johann Sebastian Bach: Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV971
Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No.1 in B minor, Op.20
Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.31
Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No.3 in C-sharp minor, Op.39
Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No.4 in E Major, Op.54

Program Notes


“The ebullient Lang Lang is maturing as an artist…his playing is refined, almost severe. He has an intelligent way of shaping phrases, controlling dynamics, varying articulations . . . a captivating performance, the kind that you remember as much for its quiet stretches as for its wow factor.”
—The New Yorker

LANG LANG returns to Santa Barbara! He inspires millions with his open-hearted, emotive playing, whether it's in intimate recitals or on the grandest of stages – such as the 2014 World Cup concert in Rio, with Placido Domingo, to celebrate the final game; the 56th Grammy® Award, where he performed with Metallica; and the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where more than four billion people around the world viewed his performance.

A recent laureate of Time Magazine’s Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, Lang Lang has played no small part as a role model to encourage more than forty million Chinese children to study the instrument. In 2013, Lang Lang was designated by the Secretary General of the United Nations as a Messenger of Peace focusing on global education.


Single Tickets On Sale Friday, September 4, 2015
Prices: Premier $108 • A $93 • B $73 • C $48 • D $38

For Tickets: Call (805) 899-2222
or visit

Co-Sponsor: The CAMA Women's Board
Co-Sponsor: Frank & Sheila McGinity



Orpheus Chamber Orchestra | Larry Fink photo
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra | Larry Fink photo


Monday, November 30, 2015, 8pm

CAMA presents
Augustin Hadelich, violin

George Frideric Händel: Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.5,
Igor Stravinsky: Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée
     (arr.Dmitry Sitkovetsky)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Valse-Scherzo in C Major, Op.34,
Ottorino Respighi: The Birds (1928)

Program Notes


“The essence of Hadelich’s playing is beauty: reveling in the myriad ways of making a phrase come alive on the violin, delivering the musical message with no technical impediments whatsoever, and thereby revealing something from a plane beyond ours.”
—Washington Post

The 2015-2016 season marks ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’s 43rd year of making internationally acclaimed music, from classical to contemporary, while reinventing the way individuals and organizations across the world think about collaboration, outreach, and democratic leadership. Performing without a conductor, Orpheus integrates musicians into virtually every facet of the organization, including artistic and administrative decisions, by rotating musical leadership roles for each piece and running open-forum rehearsals. With over 70 albums, collaborations with leading contemporary soloists, and more than 40 commissioned works as part of its history, Orpheus strives to expand the repertoire for chamber orchestra and continues to develop its international reputation through innovative projects and tours to Europe, Asia, and South America.

Astonishing audiences with his phenomenal technique, poetic sensitivity, and gorgeous tone, AUGUSTIN HADELICH has established himself as one of the most sought-after violinists of his generation. Hadelich is the first recipient of the Warner Music Prize, a $100,000 cash prize that will be awarded annually to a classical musician aged 35 or under who demonstrates exceptional talent and outstanding promise. Hadelich will play the “Kiesewetter” Stradivarius violin, crafted in Cremona c.1723.


Single Tickets On Sale Friday, September 4, 2015
Prices: Premier $108 • A $93 • B $73 • C $48 • D $38

For Tickets: Call (805) 899-2222
or visit

Co-Sponsor: Michele & Andre Saltoun



Pinchas Zukerman, violin | Paul Labelle photo
Pinchas Zukerman, violin | Paul Labelle photo


Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 8pm

CAMA presents
Pinchas Zukerman, music director & violin

Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, Overture, Op.84
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.61
Edward Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36,

Program Notes


“Zukerman seems the forever-young virtuoso: expressively resourceful, infectiously musical, technically impeccable, effortless.”
—Los Angeles Times

Acknowledged as one of the United Kingdom’s most prodigious orchestras, the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA enjoys an international reputation for bringing audiences worldwide first-class performances and the highest possible standards of music-making across a diverse range of musical repertoire.

PINCHAS ZUKERMAN has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for over four decades. Equally respected as violinist, violist, conductor, teacher and chamber musician, Zukerman’s musical genius, prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics.


Single Tickets On Sale Friday, September 4, 2015
Prices: Premier $108 • A $93 • B $73 • C $48 • D $38

For Tickets: Call (805) 899-2222
or visit

Sponsor: The Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts,
     a field of interest fund of the Santa Barbara Foundation
Co-Sponsor: Marilyn Magid
Co-Sponsor: Jocelyne & Bill Meeker
Co-Sponsor: Bob & Val Montgomery
Co-Sponsor: Michele & Andre Saltoun



Joshua Bell, violin | Ian Douglas photo
Joshua Bell, violin | Ian Douglas photo


Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 8pm

CAMA presents
Joshua Bell, music director & violin

Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 in D Major, Op.25,
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.35
Robert Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23, movement II
     (codetta by Benjamin Britten)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F Major, Op.93

Program Notes


“Bell has evolved from a technical whiz to a true artist and intellectual whose music feeds both your brain and your heart.”

The ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS performs fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most loved classical music. Founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958, his vision and inspiration keep the Academy sound and spirit alive. Now led by Music Director Joshua Bell and the membership of the orchestra, the Academy create an annual program of inspirational and inventive performances. The orchestra traverses the globe, playing in a huge variety of venues from church halls to the grandest concert halls in Europe.

Often referred to as the “poet of the violin,” JOSHUA BELL’s stunning virtuosity, beautiful tone and charismatic stage presence have brought him universal acclaim. An Avery Fisher Prize recipient, Bell recently received the New York Recording Academy Honors. As a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy®, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards.

The program also features a curiosity in the form of the second movement of Schumann’s Violin Concerto, with an added codetta by Benjamin Britten. Reworked as an Elegy in memory of legendary British horn player Dennis Brain, it was discovered by Steven Isserlis in the Britten archives and has not been performed since 1958..


Single Tickets On Sale Friday, September 4, 2015
Prices: Premier $108 • A $93 • B $73 • C $48 • D $38

For Tickets: Call (805) 899-2222
or visit

Principal Sponsor: Herbert & Elaine Kendall
Sponsor: Hollis Norris Fund
Co-Sponsor: Michael & Louise Caccese
Co-Sponsor: Chris Lancashire
Co-Sponsor: Bob & Val Montgomery
Co-Sponsor: Barbara & Sam Toumayan
Co-Sponsor: George & Judy Writer



Daniil Trifonov, piano | Alexander Ivanov photo
Daniil Trifonov, piano | Alexander Ivanov photo


Thursday, March 24, 2016, 8pm

CAMA presents
Kent Nagano, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano

Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 in C Major, Op.26
Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird (complete ballet music)

Program Notes


“Hearing Trifonov is like having a deep-tissue massage: you keep wanting to pull away from the sheer intensity of it, and you come out feeling as if your reality had been slightly altered.”
—Washington Post

The MONTRÉAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal) was founded in 1934 and stands today as one of North America’s great orchestras. The orchestra has produced nearly 100 recordings, earning 48 national and international awards.

California-born Maestro KENT NAGANO has led the Montréal Symphony as Music Director since 2006. Nagano is also Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor of Gothenburg Symphony and General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra.

Russian pianist DANIIL TRIFONOV became an inspiration in the summer of 2011. He began by winning the 13th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel-Aviv before returning to Russia to secure first prize, the Gold Medal, and Grand Prix at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. Trifonov also won the Audience Award and the Award for the best performance of a Mozart concerto. Cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht heralded Trifonov as “a pianist for the rest of our lives.”


Single Tickets On Sale Friday, September 4, 2015
Prices: Premier $108 • A $93 • B $73 • C $48 • D $38

For Tickets: Call (805) 899-2222
or visit

Sponsor: Judith L. Hopkinson
Sponsor: Sara Miller McCune
Sponsor: Bitsy & Denny Bacon and the Becton Family Foundation
Sponsor: The Andrew H. Burnett Foundation
Sponsor: Ellen & Peter Johnson
Co-Sponsor: Ted Plute & Larry Falxa



Jakub Hrůša, conductor | Zbyněk Maděryč photo
Jakub Hrůša, conductor | Zbyněk Maděryč photo


Sunday, May 1, 2016, 4pm
(afternoon concert)

CAMA presents
Jakub Hrůša, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Modest Mussorgsky: St. John's Night on Bald Mountain
     (original version, 1867)
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16
Leoš Janáček: Taras Bulba

Full Program Magazine


“Make no mistake: Jakub Hrůša is climbing to the top by dint of penetrating musicianship and with the technical means to achieve it.”
—Classical Source

The incomparable LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC returns for its much anticipated yearly visit to Santa Barbara, this time under the baton of young Czech maestro JAKUB HRŮŠA who is former Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Prague Philharmonia, Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, and a regular guest conductor of the world’s leading orchestras.

Hailed as “one of the best pianists in the world,” JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET continues to captivate audiences around the world with his thrilling performances, profound artistry, poetic musicality and dazzling technical prowess. Thibaudet returns to The Granada Theatre stage as soloist in Edvard Grieg’s iconic Piano Concerto in A minor.


Single Tickets On Sale Friday, September 4, 2015
Prices: Premier $108 • A $93 • B $73 • C $48 • D $38

For Tickets: Call (805) 899-2222
or visit

Primary Sponsor: The Elaine F. Stepanek Concert Fund
Principal Sponsor: The Samuel B. & Margaret C. Mosher Foundation
Co-Sponsor: Bitsy & Denny Bacon and the Becton Family Foundation
Co-Sponsor: Robert & Christine Emmons


Further sponsors to be announced.

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