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Masterseries at The Lobero Theatre

Season Sponsor: Esperia Foundation

CAMA’s 2017-2018 Masterseries at The Lobero Theatre puts the best of the piano, string quartet and voice together in one series that unfolds the world’s finest classical music artistry right here in Santa Barbara! The Juilliard String Quartet returns, revered as one of the world’s great string quartets. American master pianist Peter Serkin returns to the Lobero stage with a sublime program of Mozart and Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Sir András Schiff, one of the piano’s greatest masters, returns for his seventh Masterseries recital. And celebrated soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian partners with the St. Lawrence String Quartet for a not-to-be-missed Masterseries debut.

Juilliard String Quartet. ©Simon Powis.

Juilliard String Quartet

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Lobero Theatre, 8pm

Joseph Lin Violin • Ronald Copes Violin
Roger Tapping Viola • Astrid Schween Cello

Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartet in D Major, Op.76, No.5
Béla Bartók: Quartet No.5, Sz.102
Antonín Dvořák: Quartet No.11 in C Major, Op.61

Known through its performances and recordings as the quintessential American string quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet returns to the Lobero Theatre with new cellist Astrid Schween. In 2011, the multiple Grammy® Award-winning Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.


Single tickets on sale now.
Section: A $49 | B $39. Lobero Theatre Box Office.

Bitsy & Denny Bacon and the Becton Family Foundation


Presented by CAMA and the UCSB Department of Music

Friday, November 10, 2017
Karl Geiringer Hall, UCSB Department of Music, 5pm

Featuring Ronald Copes and Astrid Schween
of the Juilliard String Quartet
and students from the UCSB Department of Music

Free and open to the public

Peter Serkin. ©Regina Touhey Serkin.

Peter Serkin Piano

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Lobero Theatre, 8pm

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio in B minor, K.540
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata No.17 in B-flat Major, K.570
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

The distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin‘s rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his father was pianist Rudolf Serkin and his grandfather violinist/composer Adolf Busch. Recognized over the past five decades as a major artist of deep passion and integrity, his inspired performances and recordings have successfully conveyed the essence of nearly five centuries of keyboard repertoire and been lauded worldwide. He returns for his fifth Masterseries appearance with an Apollonian program of Mozart, plus Bach’s immortal Goldberg Variations.


Single tickets on sale now.
Section: A $49 | B $39. Lobero Theatre Box Office.

The CAMA Women’s Board
Stephen Cloud
Joanne Holderman
Elizabeth Karlsberg & Jeff Young
Stephen J.M. & Anne Morris

Sir András Schiff. ©Nadia F. Romanini/ECM Records.

Sir András Schiff Piano

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Lobero Theatre, 8pm

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op.28
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No.24 in F-sharp Major, Op.78
Johannes Brahms: 8 Klavierstücke, Op.76
Johannes Brahms: 7 Fantasien, Op.116
Johann Sebastian Bach: English Suite No.6 in D minor, BWV 811

“…so successful was the evening that the critic can only throw up his hands, wish you had been there, and quote Ira Gershwin’s endearing tombstone inscription: ‘Words Fail Me.’”
—The New York Times

“Listening to Schiff play is like looking into a running stream and seeing all the colorful, round pebbles beneath the water.”
—San Jose Mercury

“Schiff stands with perhaps only a handful of pianists in his total achievement of the most severe beauty.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer

Sir András Schiff is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue and lecturer. He returns to Santa Barbara for his seventh Masterseries appearance in recital. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music, Sir András is one of the piano’s true legends.


Single tickets on sale now.
Section: A $64 | B $54. Lobero Theatre Box Office.

The Stephen & Carla Hahn Foundation
Stephen J.M. & Anne Morris
Craig & Ellen Parton
Virginia Castagnola-Hunter
Laurel Abbott, Berkshire Hathaway Luxury Properties
Bridget Colleary
Raye Haskell Melville

Bösendorfer 280VC concert grand piano
provided by Yamaha Corporation of America.

Isabel Bayrakdarian. ©Dario Acosta.

Isabel Bayrakdarian Soprano
with St. Lawrence String Quartet

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Lobero Theatre, 8pm

Geoff Nuttall Violin • Owen Dalby Violin
Lesley Robertson Viola • Christopher Costanza Cello

Ottorino Respighi: Il tramonto (“The Sunset”), P.101
Osvaldo Golijov: Qohelet (2011) for string quartet
Songs by Leonard Bernstein, arranged by John Greer:
“A Simple Song” (Hymn & Psalm), from MASS
“A Julia de Burgos,” from Songfest
“A Little Bit in Love,” from Wonderful Town
“I Can Cook Too,” from On the Town
TANGOS, arranged by Peter Tiefenbach:
Carlos Gardel: “Por una Cabeza”; “El Día Que Me Quieras”; “Volver”
Astor Piazzolla: “Oblivion”; “Che Tango Che”
Gerardo Matos Rodríguez: “La Cumparsita” (string quartet)
Kurt Weill: “Youkali (Tango Habanera)”
Hans-Otto Borgmann: “Tango Notturno”
Farid al-Atrash: “Ya Zahratan Fi Khayali”
Arno Babajanian: “Chqnagh Yeraz (Du Indz Hamar)”

Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian is widely celebrated for her strikingly multihued voice and immense interpretive talent. She is an eagerly anticipated vocalist at major opera houses and concert halls the world over including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, London, Paris, Vienna, Florence and Salzburg. A distinguished fellow of the Music Academy of the West in 1998, she was a winner in the 1997 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the first winner of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition in 1998, took the First Prize in the 2000 Placido Domingo Operalia vocal competition, and received both Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee awards. Her Nonesuch CD of the songs of the Armenian composer Gomidas was nominated for a Grammy® in 2009, and in 2002 she was the featured vocalist on the Grammy®-award winning soundtrack of the blockbuster film The Two Towers from The Lord of The Rings trilogy.

Established in Toronto in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet quickly earned acclaim at top international chamber music competitions and was soon playing hundreds of concerts per year worldwide. They have served as ensemble-in-residence at Stanford University since 1998.


Single tickets on sale now.
Section: A $49 | B $39. Lobero Theatre Box Office.

CAMA Women’s Board
Stephen J.M. & Anne Morris
Robert Boghosian & Mary E. Gates Warren
Department of Music, UC Santa Barbara
Frank McGinity
Sheila Bourke McGinity