Tag archives: Camerata Pacifica

Camerata Pacifica is Bach
By Richard Mineards   |   October 31, 2023

Old and New Worlds were in the spotlight when Camerata Pacifica continued its 34th season with From Bach to Bolivia, the first of the programs in its Baroque series at the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall. Featuring period instruments and curated by acclaimed flutist Emi Ferguson, the repertoire included five seminal Bach chamber works. They were […]

Camerata Goes Back to Baroque
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 24, 2023

Chamber music is alive and well in Santa Barbara, if having three qualifying, locally-generated concerts in a single week is any indication. Camerata Pacifica, the ensemble series founded originally as Bach Camerata by flutist Adrian Spence in 1990 that has become widely respected and revered for the virtuosity exhibited by its world-class musicians and the […]

A Seasonal Start
By Richard Mineards   |   September 26, 2023

Camerata Pacifica launched its 34th season in fine style at the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall with works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Elgar. Musical lovers turned out in force to see the chamber music group founded by Irishman Adrian Spence at the age of 25, with an inaugural performance at the Lobero as the Bach Camerata. […]

New Season and Executive Director for Camerata Pacifica
By Joanne A Calitri   |   September 26, 2023

The 34th season for Camerata Pacifica was celebrated with a Director’s Cut event at a private club in Goleta on Monday, September 11. The focus was the formal introduction of its new Executive Director Ana Papakhian by its founder and Artistic Director Adrian Spence. There was also a lovely meet and greet with four of […]

Ana Papakhian Appointed Executive Director of Camerata Pacifica
By Joanne A Calitri   |   August 15, 2023

In announcing its 2023-24 and 34th season programming, Camerata Pacifica’s founder and Artistic Director Adrian Spence delightedly shared the appointment of Ana Papakhian as its new executive director.  Papakhian is well-known in the classical music world here, and I would add nationally as well, with 27 years of experience in the field, most recently as […]

Music in the Air
By Richard Mineards   |   May 23, 2023

It was definitely an evening of extremely high note when Venezuelan male soprano Samuel Marino sang in his U.S. premiere with Camerata Pacifica at the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall before winging to the U.K. to appear at the famous Glyndebourne opera festival. Marino, 20, studied voice and ballet in Caracas and at the Paris Conservatory […]

A Quartet Concert
By Richard Mineards   |   May 2, 2023

Camerata Pacifica’s latest concert at the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall was an absolute gem featuring pianist Irina Zahharenkova, cellist Jonathan Swensen, flautist Sooyun Kim, and Ben Goldscheider on horn. The eclectic program featured Yun’s “Etude No. 5” for solo flute, Ravel’s “Kaddish” for cello and piano, Pärt’s “Partita, Op. 2”,  Rachmaninoff’s “Andante” from the G […]

Causing a Classic Ruckus
By Richard Mineards   |   March 14, 2023

Ruckus, a sextet of talented period instrumentalists, were going for baroque at the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall when they played an all-Bach concert with flutist Emi Ferguson for Camerata Pacifica. Exhibiting an extraordinary display of period instruments including theorbo, baroque guitar and bassoon, viola da gamba, and harpsichord, the musicians, led by founder Clay Zeller-Townson […]

Pacifica in the Museum
By Richard Mineards   |   November 29, 2022

It was back to nature for Camerata Pacifica when it hosted its monthly concert at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History rather than its usual venue at the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall, which is undergoing renovation. But the dynamic duo of percussionist Ji Hye Jung and pianist Soyeon Kate Lee were both in fine […]

Camerata Pacifica Packs a Punch
By Richard Mineards   |   November 1, 2022

Adrian Spence’s Camerata Pacifica, which is celebrating its 33rd season, put on a doozy of a show at the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall. Yura Lee, a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, mesmerized on both violin and viola with her frenzied renditions of Kodály’s “Sonata for Solo Cello in B Minor,” specially […]

New Board Member at Camerata Pacifica
By Richard Mineards   |   July 12, 2022

Joan Davidson, who currently serves on the Santa Barbara Museum of Art board, where she co-chaired the recent $50 million “Imagine More” capital campaign, has joined the board of 32-year-old Camerata Pacifica. Davidson also served as Third District member of the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and its county art in public places committee, and […]

Weedman on Board
By Richard Mineards   |   May 17, 2022

Santa Barbara-based Camerata Pacifica has appointed Jonathan Weedman to its board. He has more than 30 years of extensive professional experience working in the corporate, nonprofit, and community sectors, and was the sixth executive director for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. From 1996 to 2016 he served as senior Vice President for the […]

Mineard’s Montecito Menagerie
By Richard Mineards   |   March 1, 2022

Maison Mineards Montecito has been particularly busy of late with a German TV crew interviewing me in the garden, phone calls from the London Evening Standard and Daily Mail, and last week hosting a TV crew from France’s TF1 for its 16-year-old show, 50 Minutes Inside. After being interviewed outside Pierre Lafond by producer Sarah […]

The Appeal of Beal
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 17, 2022

Few things have been more terrifying in the world of streaming fictional TV than House of Cards and the inexorable march of Francis Underwood toward the American presidency without regard for any person, place, or thing in his path – except perhaps later in the same series when his wife Claire ascended to the office. […]

Vivacious Vocals in Vogue with Baker’s Dozen
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 11, 2022

There’s a plethora of a cappella singing groups at Yale, the Ivy League School known for theater and music as much as the liberal arts. “I think there’s 16, including four all-male,” said Jacob Wu, the current tour manager and a bass singer for Baker’s Dozen (BD), which despite its name actually boasts 16 singers. […]

Sunset Soirée
By Richard Mineards   |   November 30, 2021

Condor Express owner Hiroko Benko made sure everyone had a whale of a time when she hosted a sunset cruise for her good friend Dolores Johnson, organizer of the Montecito Motor Classic at the Santa Barbara Polo Club, which attracted more than 200 exotic and luxury cars.  “It was a truly wonderful event,” gushed Hiroko, […]

‘Chance to Reflect’: Camerata Pacifica Finds Ways to Improve Despite Time Off
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 5, 2021

Prior to the pandemic, Camerata Pacifica wasn’t really looking for an excuse to do some tweaking to its approach. After all, the chamber music ensemble had grown over its 30 years from performing sporadic concerts at a single small stage in town to largely selling out an eight-show season at four venues from Santa Barbara […]

Does Money Grow on Trees? Asking for a Friend.
By Richard Mineards   |   April 22, 2021

Forbes’ 35th annual “World’s Billionaire List” includes a record-breaking 2,755 billionaires, with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos topping it for the fourth consecutive year. This year’s billionaires are worth a combined $13.1 trillion, up $8 trillion from last year. “The very, very rich got very, very richer,” says Forbes chief content officer Randall Lane. Needless to […]

Camerata’s CoronaConcerts Set to Conquer COVID Confinement
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 21, 2020

Camerata Pacifica was at the forefront of local arts organizations in pivoting to online streaming events at the onset of enforced closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, launching weekly curated videos with live commentary way back in March. While the chamber music ensemble’s Concerts at Home series continues on Sundays on YouTube and Facebook, its […]

Camerata Pacifica Curates Concerts for Pandemic
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 16, 2020

Camerata Pacifica was ready when the coronavirus pandemic became a crisis forcing cancellations and resulting in sheltering-in-place orders. The chamber music ensemble had already been compiling videos of its performance for more than a decade. “We definitely had a head start,” said Adrian Spence, the organization’s founding executive and artistic director. “When I see others […]