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  • Middle East Ensemble dancer (photo by Tony Mastres)
"Although Santa Barbara isn’t necessarily known for its classical music, there are an astonishing amount of orchestral performances offered yearly in our seaside hamlet. In addition to the city’s professional groups and the myriad top-notch touring orchestras that come through, UCSB’s robust music program also provides numerous opportunities to hear classical music. For its winter 2018 concert series, the university’s Department of Music has several recitals slated." Read more...

 

  • UCSB Gospel Choir soloist (photo by Matt Perko)
"Offering something for every music lover, UCSB’s Department of Music presents their Winter 2018 Concert Series from Wednesday, March 7th to Friday, March 16th. Boasting a wide range of musical performances that vary in style and culture of origin, the Concert Series features seven on-campus music ensembles: Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM), Wind Ensemble, Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus, Middle East Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Music of India Ensemble, and Gospel Choir." Read more...
  • Byron Mayes (Zach Mendez)

UCSB graduate voice student and Opera Santa Barbara Mosher Studio Artist Byron Mayes (baritone) will play the role of Fiorello in Opera Santa Barbara’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville this Friday, March 2nd at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 4th at 2 p.m. at the Granada Theatre. Mayes recently played the role of Figaro in UCSB Opera Theatre’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, and is in pursuit of both a master’s and doctorate in Vocal Performance under the guidance of Dr. Linda Di Fiore. He received his bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Columbus State University where he studied with Professor Earl Coleman. Read more...

  • Jennifer Kloetzel
Cellist and UCSB faculty member Jennifer Kloetzel is featured on composer Elena Ruehr’s latest CD, Ruehr: Six String Quartets, along with the Cypress String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, and baritone Stephen Salters. The album serves as the final recording for the Cypress String Quartet, which Kloetzel helped found over 20 years ago. The quartet recorded five of Ruehr’s six quartets on the album, and commissioned three of them. Read more...
 
  • Baritone Byron Mayes (Figaro) and soprano Naomi Merer (Susanna). Photo by Matt Perko.
Amadeus Mozart created a comic opera, beloved by aficionados, called Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). The confection was presented with great comic effect and the cultural edification of exceptional music in a final performance at Lotte Lehmann Hall at UCSB, Feb. 10th. Read more...
  • Zach Mendez (photo by Jonas Jungblut)
Tenor Zachary Mendez (MM student) and mezzo-soprano Alexandria Jackson (BM student) were recently selected as two of three winners for the California Women's Chorus Vocal Music Scholarship Competition. Both are members of Dr. Linda Di Fiore's studio. The third winner, soprano Christy Peterson, is a private student of Dr. Di Fiore. All three students will receive $2,000 and will perform two pieces on the California Women's Chorus concert on April 29 in Whittier, CA. 
  • Vlad Vizireanu
Vlad Vizireanu, conductor of the UCSB Chamber Orchestra, has been selected as one of 24 candidates (from 566 worldwide applicants) to participate in the Malko Competition in Copenhagen with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in April 2018. Participants must advance through three rounds of the competition to earn one of three finalist spots in the finale concert, where 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded. Mr. Vizireanu recently made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall as one of three finalists in the 2016 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, and was also the Second Prize winner in the 11th International Cadaqués Conducting Competition in 2014. He has studied with David Zinman, Kurt Masur, and Bernhard Haitink at the Lucerne Easter Festivals and received the prestigious Chautauqua Conducting Fellowship in 2013.
  • Isabel Bayrakdarian (photo by Dario Acosta)
 
UCSB Assistant Professor of Voice Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian has been nominated for a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) in the Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral) category for her album Mother of Light: Armenian hymns & chants in praise of Mary with Coro Vox Aeterna! Dr. Bayrakdarian is a four-time winner and seven-time Juno Award-nominee. Her albums Mozart: Arie e Duetti (2007), Viardot-Garcia: Lieder Chansons Canzone Mazurkas (2006), Cleopatra (2005), and Azulão (2004), have all won Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral). The 2018 Juno Award winners will be announced on Sunday, March 25th. Read more...