CAMA Centennial

By Richard Mineards   |   March 12, 2020
Judith Hopkinson and Christine Emmons (photo by Monie Photography)

One hundred years to the very day the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Venezuelan maestro Gustavo Dudamel performed in a special CAMA – Community Arts Music Association – sold-out concert at the Granada.

John Perry and Kum Su Kim (photo by Monie Photography)

Both CAMA and the orchestra are celebrating centenaries this year, with the Big Orange musicians having made its Santa Barbara debut at the Potter Theatre–destroyed in the 1925 earthquake–under conductor Walter Henry Rothwell in front of more than 1,000 people in 1920.

The historic program at the weekend featured Dvorak’s Symphony No.9 in E minor from The New World, and Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 2, an American classic.

The celebration to mark the magnificent musical moment kicked off with a champagne reception in the McCune Founders Room and the theater lobbies followed by a post-concert fête at the Museum of Art for 300 guests, just a tiara’s toss down State Street.

Among the tony torrent of musical mavens were sponsors CAMA board members Marta Babson and Bitsy Bacon, Darryl Zupancic, CAMA president Bob Montgomery and wife Val, Peter and Deborah Bertling, Nancy Belle Coe and Bill Burke, Arthur Gaudi, Anne Towbes, Sara Miller McCune, Robert and Robin Fell, Robert and Christine Emmons, Mahri Kerley, Barbara Burger, Peter and Linda Beuret, Chad Smith, Thomas Beckman, Jerry Eberhardt and Kathleen Kane, Susan Erburu Reardon, Robert Weinman, Larry Feinberg, Starr Siegele, Jamie and Marcia Constance, Maurice Singer and Hyon Chough.

Anne Towbes, Robert Emmons, Sara Miller McCune (photo by Monie Photography)

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