Summer Festival Continues

By Richard Mineards   |   July 25, 2019
London Symphony Orchestra packs the Santa Barbara Bowl (photo by Phil Channing)

As the 72nd Music Academy of the West summer festival nears its conclusion, the Santa Barbara Bowl was the place to be on an idyllic evening for a community concert with the historic London Symphony Orchestra and the Academy Festival Orchestra under conductor Daniel Harding, music director of the Orchestre de Paris.

The sold-out show, in memory of the late Baroness Leni Fe Bland, kicked off with Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, concluding with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor.

The magnificent concert wrapped with Oscar-winning composer John WilliamsStar Wars theme as an encore.

Just 48 hours later it was a considerably smaller venue at the Lobero for the Festival Artists Series with Dahl’s Music For Brass Instruments, Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C Minor with Margaret McDonald on keyboard, and Mozart’s String Quartet No. 3 in C Major with violinists Martin Beaver and Amy Semes, violists Richard O’Neill and Qian Hui Ho, and cellist Soyoon Park.

Enchanting evenings both…


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