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2015-2016 is CAMA’s 97th Concert Season

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CAMA presents its
98th Concert Season: 2016-2017.
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{1} CAMA announces
The 2016-2017 Season
98th Concert Season
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{2} CAMA presents
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Jakub Hrůša, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Sunday, May 1, 4pm
International Series at The Granada
Tickets on sale now!
Full Program Magazine

{3} CAMA presents
Mischa Maisky, cello
Lily Maisky, piano
Thursday, May 12, 8pm
Masterseries at the Lobero
Tickets on sale now!
Program Notes

The CAMA Women's Board


Community Arts Music Association (CAMA)

Jordi Savall, viol
Jordi Savall, viol

MASTERSERIES at the Lobero
Season Sponsorship: Esperia Foundation

Esperia Foundation sponsors complimentary seating to Masterseries concerts for non-traditional audiences, students and other community members who might otherwise be unable to attend.

CAMA is to be congratulated for its unstinting pursuit of the very best music of all kinds for its distinctive Masterseries”
   (Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent)

2015-2016 Season:
Music for the Ages

Masterseries brings the best in classical recitals and chamber music to Santa Barbara's intimate Lobero Theatre.

Since its creation in 1982, Masterseries has been dedicated to presenting the world’s finest classical artists in recital in Santa Barbara. Created by Stephen Cloud (now of CAMA’s Program Committee) and classical pianist Michael Isador (longtime collaborator with legendary violinist Henryk Szeryng), the first three seasons were presented at the Santa Barbara High School Auditorium before the series moved in 1986 to the historic Lobero Theatre. In 2001 the series was adopted by CAMA with a yearly endowment sponsorship provided by Esperia Foundation.

Masterseries at the Lobero’s 2015-2016 Season will begin in October with a return performance by the great pianist Sir András Schiff, who will play the final sonatas of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert. Early music specialist Jordi Savall will offer a program of English and Celtic music from the 17th through 19th centuries, and French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet will perform an encore recital following his riveting performance last season at The Granada with the London Philharmonic. Masterseries’ finale will be the Santa Barbara debut performance by the celebrated Latvian-born cellist Mischa Maisky, the only cellist in the world to have studied with both legendary masters Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky.

All Masterseries concerts take place at
The Lobero Theatre,
33 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara

All concert programs and artists are subject to change.

More information on each concert below.

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Season Subscriptions on sale now! – Call CAMA (805) 966-4324
Single Tickets on sale starting Friday, September 4, 2015 – Call the Lobero Theatre Box Office (805) 963-0761


Sir András Schiff | Nadia F.Romanini photo ©ECM Records
Sir András Schiff | Nadia F.Romanini photo ©ECM Records


Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 8pm

CAMA’s Masterseries presents

The Last Sonatas

Franz Joseph Haydn: Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob.XVI/52,
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata No.18 in D Major,
Franz Schubert: Sonata No.21 in B-flat Major, D.960

Program Notes


“Among current piano titans, András Schiff is the Zen master. He is both utterly relaxed and absolutely awake; taken together, those qualities add up to an unbreakable focus. He is tireless and seemingly infallible, and his playing is window-clear. Listening to Schiff play is like looking into a running stream and seeing all the colorful, round pebbles beneath the water.”
—San Jose Mercury

Sir ANDRÁS SCHIFF returns to CAMA’s Masterseries with his “Last Sonatas” Project. The world-renowned and critically acclaimed pianist, conductor, teacher and lecturer will play the final piano sonatas of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert. Although only Schubert wrote his last sonata when approaching death, all of these works testify to the highest level of artistic maturity and pianistic possibility.


Single Tickets On Sale Friday, September 4, 2015
Prices: A $59 • B $49

For Tickets: Call (805) 963-0761
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Sponsor: Sara Miller McCune
Co-Sponsor: Ted Plute & Larry Falxa
Concert Partner: Virginia Castagnola-Hunter



Jordi Savall, viola da gamba
Jordi Savall, viola da gamba


Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 8pm

CAMA’s Masterseries presents
JORDI SAVALL, 7-string bass viol & treble viol
Frank McGuire, bodhrán

Musical Humors & Landscapes
In the English, Irish, Scottish & American traditions

Program Notes


“An omnivorous troubadour, {Savall} roves from Manchester libraries to Colombian villages to salvage musical traditions – with recordings that move from Berber beats to the raptures of a raga, from the thrilling stillness of an Armenian lament to the sprightliness of an Elizabethan galliard.”
—The Guardian

“It's not just his technical virtuosity – though there's certainly that – nor the sweet, plangent sounds he draws from his variously sized instruments. The art of Savall goes far deeper, right to the heart of his reverent, wholehearted approach to making music. Listening to Savall is a lesson in musical mindfulness.”
—The Herald, Scotland

JORDI SAVALL is one of the most multifariously gifted musicians of his generation. His career as a concert performer, teacher, researcher and creator of musical and cultural projects, make him one of the principal architects of the current revaluation of historical music. He has created over 170 recordings, garnering a Grammy® Award and the Midem Classical Music Award. Savall was appointed “Artist for the Peace” in 2008 in the United Nations’ Goodwill Ambassadors program.

Savall partners with FRANK McGUIRE, founding member of Lyra Celtica and master of the Irish frame drum (bodhrán), in a program expressing the vitality, beauty, emotion and charm of the British Isles.


Single Tickets On Sale Friday, September 4, 2015
Prices: A $49 • B $39

For Tickets: Call (805) 963-0761
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Sponsors: Bitsy & Denny Bacon and the Becton Family Foundation
Co-Sponsor: Robert & Christine Emmons



Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano | Benjamin Ealovega photo
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano | Benjamin Ealovega photo


Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 8pm

CAMA’s Masterseries presents

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.24 in F-sharp Major,
     Op.78 (“A Thérèse”)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 in A Major, Op.101
Maurice Ravel: Miroirs (1904-05)
Claude Debussy: L’isle joyeuse, L.106 (1904)

Program Notes

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 2:30pm–5:00pm
Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall
University of California, Santa Barbara
with students from UCSB Music's piano program,
presented in partnership with the UCSB Department of Music.
Master Class Sponsor: Sara Miller McCune

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“Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is among the most generous and indefatigable of performers”
—The Guardian

“Bavouzet sustained a perfect balance between introspection and flash, bridging vast dynamic and tempo extremes without mannerism or eccentricity.”
—Financial Times

“Apart from his phenomenal but understated technique, Bavouzet has in addition an extraordinary ability to seem to be directing his own performances, as though he’s providing a presence outside himself, and it goes some way to explaining the fierce passion, remarkable intelligence and free-wheeling creativity of his transcendent playing.”
—Classical Source

Following his sparkling performance last season with the London Philharmonic, the multi-award-winning pianist JEAN-EFFLAM BAVOUZET returns in solo recital. Bavouzet is active worldwide as recitalist, concerto soloist and recording artist, winning Gramophone awards for his recording of concertos by Debussy and Ravel, and for his fourth volume of Debussy’s Complete Works for Piano. In 2012 Gramophone nominated Bavouzet as one of their Artists of the Year.


Single Tickets On Sale Friday, September 4, 2015
Prices: A $49 • B $39

For Tickets: Call (805) 963-0761
or visit

Concert Partner: Elizabeth Karlsberg & Jeff Young



Mischa Maisky, cello
Mischa Maisky, cello

Lily Maisky, piano
Lily Maisky, piano | Benjamin Brolet photo


Thursday, May 12, 2016, 8pm

CAMA’s Masterseries presents
Lily Maisky, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.5, No.2
Astor Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango (1982)
Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei, Op.47
Benjamin Britten: Sonata in C, Op.65 (1961)

Program Notes


“Maisky is true to himself, and so he brings a fresh and thoughtful perspective… {His} generous tone suits his interpretive approach well… it is a sensuous experience.”
—International Record Review

MISCHA MAISKY (b.1948) has the distinction of being the only cellist in the world to have studied with both Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky. Rostropovich lauded Maisky as “one of the most outstanding talents of the younger generation of cellists. His playing combines poetry and exquisite delicacy with great temperament and brilliant technique.” Born in Latvia, educated in Russia, after being imprisoned in a labor camp near Gorky for 18 months in 1970, he emigrated from the USSR to Israel.

Maisky’s recordings have enjoyed worldwide acclaim and have been awarded five times the prestigious Record Academy Prize in Tokyo, three times Echo Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Grand Prix du Disque in Paris, and the Diapason d’Or of the Year.

Daughter LILY MAISKY was born in Paris in 1987, moving to Brussels soon after. She began playing the piano at the age of four. Lily features on several Deutsche Grammophon and EMI recording releases, and has been frequently broadcast on European and Asian radio and television.


Single Tickets On Sale Friday, September 4, 2015
Prices: A $49 • B $39

For Tickets: Call (805) 963-0761
or visit

Co-Sponsor: Craig & Ellen Parton


Further sponsors to be announced.

{last site update: April 29, 2016}