Still pivoting due to the pandemic, the Santa Barbara Symphony is squeezing in the pair of postponed performances featuring violin superstar Anne Akiko Meyers as guest soloist beginning just a week after the ensemble offered the world premiere of Concerto for Piano Four Hands and String Orchestra by composer Richard Dünser via Brahms and Schumann. Meyers – the sister of Sansum ophthalmologist Dr. Toni Meyers, who was honored by the symphony last year with a special COVID tribute concert to local healthcare workers that featured the eye doctor performing on the Granada stage – will perform a program of Mexican and Spanish-inspired music anchored by Fandango, a violin concerto written for her by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez. The symphony will also play selections from Bizet’s Carmen Suite, Márquez’s popular “Danzón No. 2,” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol. Performances of the “Fandango Picante” program originally slated for January are 4 pm on Sunday, May 1, and an evening concert the following Thursday, May 5.
Met Opera’s first-ever production of the original five-act French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos boasting a monumental new staging by David McVicar gets a Live in HD encore screening at 2 pm on Sunday, May 1, at Hahn Hall. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts an all-star cast featuring tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, with Sonya Yoncheva, Jamie Barton, Etienne Dupuis, Eric Owens,and John Relyea. Visit musicacademy.org.
Focus on film
The Carsey-Wolf Center’s Pollock Theater hosts three special screenings followed by Q&A sessions this week, starting with Timbuktu, which was Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and features a series of scenes where residents’ lives are upturned by the militant occupiers. Co-writer-director Abderrahmane Sissako joins Richard Watts of University of Washington for a discussion after the Thursday, April 28 screening. Watts and Sissako, who is also writer-director of Life on Earth (1999), Waiting for Happiness (2002), and Bamako (2006) will also participate in a roundtable discussion the following morning at 10:30 am.
On Saturday afternoon, Pollock’s Script to Screen series projects the original Jurassic Park movie followed by a talk with screenwriter David Koepp, also the scribe of the sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Panic Room (2002), Spider-Man (2002), War of the Worlds (2005), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), and Inferno (2016), among others. Tuesday evening brings a showing of an episode from HBO’s Scenes from a Marriage, the English-language remake of Ingmar Bergman’s highly influential 1973 Swedish miniseries that traces a couple’s crumbling marriage over the course of a decade. The post-screening chat boasts Rick Rosen, who is a Carsey-Wolf Center advisory board member as well as the co-founder of WME Agency and the agent/representative for Hagai Levi, the writer-director of the 2021 series that stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. Visit carseywolf.ucsb.edu for details and reservations for the free, in-person events.