Classical Corner

By Steven Libowitz   |   April 16, 2024

Last week saw two thrilling chamber orchestra performances of vastly different scopes in Academy of St. Martin in the Fields’ triumphant return to the Granada in a preview of its upcoming Marriner 100 celebration in London, and a charming concert with the local outfit Santa Barbara Chamber Players at First United Methodist Church. This week’s classical events highlight is a performance by Paul Berkowitz, the 30-year veteran UCSB faculty pianist, taking on timeless solo works at Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on April 12. Berkowitz will play Haydn’s “Variations in F minor” and Schumann’s “Humoreske, Op. 20,” sandwiching several passionate pieces by Poulenc (“Three Novelettes,” “Three Intermezzi,” “Presto in B Flat,” and “Thème Varié”) that he has recorded for a new CD releasing later this year.  

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