Tag archives: online concert

Music in the Garden Goes Online
By Steven Libowitz   |   December 3, 2020

Among the casualties of the coronavirus closures was the complete cancellation of all in-person events last summer at the Music Academy of the West, normally one of the highlights of the year on the classical calendar. Instead, the 120-plus fellows and faculty members collaborated on the Music Academy Remote Learning Institute (aka MARLI), which bridged […]

Charles Lloyd at the Lobero: Surfing the Creative Wave
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 29, 2020

Interviewing Charles Lloyd can be almost as enjoyable an experience as attending one of the legendary saxophonist’s concerts, which are always journeys into the ever-in-the-moment confluence of man, musician, and his muse that can veer from riveting to soul-stirring to spiritual near-bliss. That’s because Lloyd, who has lived in the hills of Montecito with his […]

An Online Series with In-Person Performances
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 21, 2020

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s reimagined 2020-2021 performance season launches this weekend first as an online-only series – although the musicians are performing live in person. And while plans have already been put in place to allow audiences up to about 30 percent capacity at its home venue of the Granada Theatre starting in January, the […]

KT’s Coronavirus Compromise
By Steven Libowitz   |   August 20, 2020

Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall was all set to make her Santa Barbara debut at the Lobero Theatre on January 8, back when COVID-19 barely had a name, just the novel coronavirus that seemed to be contained in China. Then illness forced the show to be postponed and rescheduled for October. But the coronavirus crisis has […]

Sundays With the Symphony
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 16, 2020

The Santa Barbara Symphony next episode of its live streamed series is the first to feature its former concertmaster of a decade, the almost unbearably charismatic fiddler Gilles Apap. Curated and hosted by Music and Artistic Director Nir Kabaretti, the 30-minute broadcast, produced by local videographer David Bazemore, features an interview and performance of Fritz […]

Sister City Support on Zoom
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 25, 2020

COVID-19 can’t conquer the community created by the Santa Barbara-Kotor Sister City Committee. While at this point nobody is able – or willing – to cross the ocean to meet and make music in person, the organization that fosters cooperation between our seaside city and the coastal town in Montenegro has booked a fundraising event […]

Conviction of the Heart: Singer Supports a Favorite Local Stage
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 25, 2020

What if they threw a concert and nobody came? That’s a situation famed Santa Barbara singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins will face when he performs at the venerable Lobero Theatre on Sunday, June 28 – with absolutely no one in the audience. Of course, the only reason the show wouldn’t fill the historic theater’s 600 seats is […]

CADA Cares Concert Combats COVID-19 Fundraising Shortfall
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 18, 2020

The unprecedented stay-at-home orders because of the pandemic have been a double whammy for service nonprofits such as the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, whose mission is to provide services for preventing and treating alcoholism and drug abuse to youth, adults, and families throughout Santa Barbara County. Not only has 70-year-old CADA had to […]

Phillips Performs on Facebook to Cope with COVID and Racial Divides
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 4, 2020

It was exactly one week since George Floyd died in custody of the Minneapolis Police when Glen Phillips and I talked earlier this week over the phone. The issue of institutional racism and police brutality was weighing heavily on his mind, and would show up six hours later in that Monday night’s solo Zoom show, […]

Singer-songwriter Showcase Dives into Digital
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 23, 2020

Veteran local singer-songwriter and educator Nicola Gordon has been hosting showcases at MichaelKate Interiors for years. But with the showroom shuttered during the pandemic, the music has migrated over to Zoom. The third showcase in her now twice-a-month series takes place on April 29, during the usual on-site date of the last Wednesday of the […]

Regular Sets and Sounds for Sheltering in Place
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 23, 2020

Among the other area artists who are performing frequently via Facebook Live, Instagram or Zoom are the great Glen Phillips, the frontman for Santa Barbara-born pop band Toad the Wet Sprocket and a significant solo singer-songwriter. Phillips, who lived for more than two decades in Montecito, has been playing live acoustic living room sessions several […]

‘Live from Lockdown’: Local Sisters Sing on Saturdays
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 23, 2020

Tina Schlieske and her sister Laura are sheltering in place separately in Santa Barbara, but it’s hard to keep sisters apart for weeks on end, especially if they get along as well as the Schlieskes, who have been making music together for nearly all of their lives. Tina is best known for her solo gigs […]

4Qs with Kenny Loggins
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 16, 2020

Montecito’s singer-songwriter hero is logging his time during the pandemic. Kenny Loggins is staying at home during the shelter-in-place era as the COVID-19 pandemic stopped everything in its tracks. Actually, make that homes. The 72-year-old singer-songwriter, who began scoring hits back in the early 1970s in a duo with Jim Messina, found fertile ground with […]

Classical Corner: Opera Opportunities
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 16, 2020

Opera Santa Barbara’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, which ran at the Lobero Theatre in March, 2019, became much more poignant when Maestro Valéry Ryvkin passed away in February. OSB’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor from 1999-2008 wielded the baton for a final time for the Tchaikovsky work, and this Tuesday, April 21, audiences can […]