UCSB Chamber Orchestra presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Don Giovanni" Overture

Event Date: 

Monday, June 7, 2021 - 6:00pm to 6:15pm

Event Date Details: 

YouTube Premiere link

Event Location: 

  • Virtual Event

Event Price: 

Free and open to the public

Event Contact: 

Adriane Cleary
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music


Maxim Kuzin (photo by Aziza Makhmutova)
Director Maxim Kuzin (photo by Aziza Makhmutova)
The UCSB Chamber Orchestra will present the third audio-visual production of 2020-2021 under the direction of Dr. Maxim Kuzin on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 6 pm PDT as a YouTube Premiere via the Department of Music’s YouTube channel. Audience members will have a chance to hear one of the most dramatic overtures written by the late Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his overture to the opera Don Giovanni.
YouTube Premiere link: youtu.be/orcCs-enfsw
Please consider joining the UCSB Chamber Orchestra at 5:45 pm PDT on the day of the YouTube Premiere for a Premiere Party on Zoom at the following link: ucsb.zoom.us/j/82580669743
This production will represent the work of the UCSB Chamber Orchestra students and community members during the Winter Quarter 2021. The orchestra players worked on the music from their homes in different parts of the country meeting each week for sectional rehearsals using Jamulus and Zoom software. For recording weekly audio tracks, musicians used a third online cross-platform software called Bandlab. At the end of the quarter, each one of them also had to produce a video recording playing the overture to Don Giovanni using primarily their phones. All these recordings were collected, edited by the orchestra director Maxim Kuzin, and submitted for post-production to the Music Department’s audio-visual and publicity production team of Anthony Garcia, Connor Long, and Adriane Cleary. The UCSB Chamber Orchestra is immeasurably grateful for their tireless help preparing all audio-visual projects during the unprecedented time of the COVID pandemic!
On behalf of all the stakeholdersstudents, community members, music director, teaching assistant, and post-production team—the UCSB Chamber Orchestra, its Music Director Maxim Kuzin, and Teaching Assistant Britta Thomas are delighted and proud to present the online premiere of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture! Please do not hesitate to leave your comments during the online premiere and do not forget to join the UCSB Chamber Orchestra before or after the premiere for the Premiere Party on Zoom which will start at 5:45 pm PDT on the day of the Youtube premiere!


Maxim Kuzin, Music Director
Britta Thomas, Teaching Assistant
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Don Giovanni Overture (1787)

About the Director

Ukrainian-born conductor and educator Maxim Kuzin combines his passionate personality with a distinguished track record of professional, artistic, and educational achievements as a choral and orchestral conductor. Discovery, interpretation, support of young talent, and performance of rare classical music by famous composers are Dr. Kuzin’s particular areas of professional interests.
Dr. Kuzin serves as a Music Director of the University of California, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, as well as Music Director of the Orange Coast College Symphony in Costa Mesa, California. In 2018, he graduated with a Doctor of Music Arts degree from UCLA studying under Professor Neal Stulberg. Before arriving in the U.S. in 2014, Dr. Kuzin held conducting and teaching positions with several leading Ukrainian music institutions and guest-conducted Ukrainian and Eastern European orchestras, including the National Symphony and National Philharmonic orchestras of Ukraine, National President’s Orchestra of Ukraine, National Symphony Orchestra of Georgia and many others.
Maestro Kuzin has a strong choral background and is a devoted opera lover. He has conducted opera and operetta productions in a number of Ukrainian and Russian opera theaters as well as in Opera UCLA, and UCSB Opera Theatre. His large-scale opera engagements included conducting Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Lehár's The Merry Widow, and The Mock Marriage, to name a few.
Dr. Kuzin’s passion for working with contemporary composers has led him to direct Ricochet New Music Ensemble of the National Composer’s Union of Ukraine. With them, he presented numerous concerts of modern music.
Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Maxim Kuzin began his music studies at the age of 7 at the Lysenko Kyiv Specialized Boarding Music School for Gifted Children, majoring in choral singing and conducting. He then completed choral and orchestral conducting programs at the Tchaikovsky National Musical Academy of Ukraine. Dr. Kuzin was designated as an “Emerging Artist” by the League of American Orchestra’s Symphony Magazine in 2005, is a recipient of the “Best Music Direction” prize from the Ukrainian Sicheslavna Festival of Theatres, and has received the Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Scholarship Award in 2017-18, and was featured as conductor at the very popular Dancing with the Stars show in Ukraine.
Maxim Kuzin (photo by Aziza Makhmutova)