Tag archives: chamber orchestra

Double Debut Day for Classical Ensembles 
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 31, 2023

Less than six years after the four-decades-old Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra played its final concert in town, a new ensemble that’s even more community-based and oriented is stepping in to fill the void with an even more ambitious approach.  The Santa Barbara Chamber Players (SBCP), created by local musicians who first practiced during the pandemic […]

Back in the Chamber
By Richard Mineards   |   November 1, 2022

After an almost three-year hiatus, Santa Barbara’s renowned music director Heiichiro Ohyama flew in from Japan to return to the Lobero for an evening by an artfully created ensemble in the Chamber Music Project’s season premiere. Ohyama, who led the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra for 35 years until it played its final concert in 2017 […]

Classical Corner: Lobero Chamber Project Lives! 
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 18, 2022

Violist Heiichiro Ohyama led the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra for 35 years, shepherding its growth as a training ground for classical musicians while serving as one of the finest ensembles in town that was also willing to make forays into new territories. Faced with financial challenges, the SBCO closed operations in late 2017, so Ohyama […]

Book Offers Help in Reframing Life
By Scott Craig   |   March 22, 2018

Greg Spencer, Westmont professor of communication studies, hopes that his new book, Reframing the Soul: How Words Transform Our Faith, will help members of the local community as they remember the challenging events of this past winter. On the night after the massive January 9 debris flow, Spencer said his last thought before going to […]

Anniversaries Abound at Grand Granada
By Richard Mineards   |   March 15, 2018

Social gridlock reigned at the venerable Granada for a 20/10 celebration, marking the 20th anniversary of the first Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts board meeting and the 10th anniversary of the iconic theater’s grand re-opening with founding, former, and current board members. The McCune Founders Room was packed as Hal Conklin, Frank Goss, […]