Mobile Music

By Richard Mineards   |   February 22, 2018
Nightingale, Cameron Carpenter, Lewis Manring, and Marianne Marsi

Berlin-based organist Cameron Carpenter, who I first saw two years ago, was back in our Eden by the Beach for another UCSB Arts & Lectures Granada show.

The maverick showman, the first organist nominated for a Grammy Award for a solo album, continues to smash the stereotypes of organists, organ, and classical music as a global artist in high demand with his one-of-a-kind Marshall & Ogletree touring organ.

Assembly of the mighty instrument, assembled from six modular parts, and its myriad speakers takes fewer than three hours and travels in a single truck, with identical European and American sound systems – housed in Berlin and Needham, Massachusetts – make it internationally mobile.

Juilliard graduate Carpenter’s dexterity with works by Bach, Schumann, and Bernstein, among others, and knowledge is truly extraordinary.

Judy Wainright, Cameron Carpenter, and Jim Mitchell

Score by Four

The Los Angeles-based Calidore String Quartet made a most impressive UCSB Arts & Lectures debut at the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, playing works by Mendelssohn, Czech composer Leos Janacek, and Beethoven.

The Fab Four – violinists Jeffrey Myers and 2011 Music Academy fellow Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi – were well on par with similar quartets, such as the Juilliard and Takacs, and are now represented by the same stellar agency as the legendary cellist Yo -Yo Ma and two years ago won the $100,000 grand prize of the inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the world’s largest award for chamber music.

Using an amalgamation of “California” and “dore” – French for golden – the ensemble’s name is rightly bestowed.

They can’t come back soon enough.

Musical Medley

Just 24 hours earlier, Hahn Hall was again musically gridlocked for a Council of Contributors recital soirée pour Camille with pianist Kevin Ahfat and cellist Juliette Herlin.

The entertaining concert, supported by John and Jill Bishop, featured works by Duparc, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Poulenc, Hahn, and Faure.


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