Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

Program Notes Featuring Composer: Mendelssohn

Concert Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017; 7:30 pm

Although it may seem odd to label any work created by a 28-year-old composer “mature,” it certainly happens often for Felix Mendelssohn

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Program Notes Featuring Composers: Poulenc, Scott, Stravinsky, and Weill

Concert Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017; 7:30 pm

At the turn of the twentieth century, many artists looked to the future, making a self-conscious break from the past and fully seizing the Modern. 

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Program Notes Featuring Composers: Schumann and Mendelssohn

Concert Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017; 7:30 pm

Chamber music is perhaps the most intimate form of classical music, intended for a small audience and necessitating constant communication between the players. 

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Program Notes Featuring Composers: Beethoven and Schubert

Concert Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017; 7:30 pm

Legendary violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim proclaimed, “The Germans have four violin concertos. The greatest, most uncompromising is Beethoven’s.”  

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Program Notes Featuring Composers: Purcell, Vivaldi, Corelli

Concert Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016; 7:30 pm

Our evening of Baroque music begins with an early work by the most celebrated English composer of the era, Henry Purcell

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Program Notes Featuring Composers: Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Boccherini

Concert Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016; 7:30 pm

Tonight’s celebration of Latin music begins with a quintet by an Italian composer, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

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Program Notes Featuring Composers: Dvořák and Gershwin

Concert Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016; 7:30 pm

SBCO Lobero Performance Series

The 2016-17 season opens with two works expressing distinctly “American” sounds. Jeannette Meyers Thurber established... 

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Program Notes Featuring Composers: Mendelssohn and Beethoven

Concert Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016; 7:30 pm

The year 1830 marked the 300th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession, a founding document of Lutheranism which contained 28 articles of faith and led to political recognition of German Protestantism. Twenty-one-year-old Felix Mendelssohn... 

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Program Notes Featuring Composers: Mozart and Mendelssohn

Concert Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016; 7:30 pm

Tonight’s concert begins with the overture to one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most successful works, The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), K. 492. Composed in 1786...

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Program Notes Featuring Composers: Mozart and Devienne

Concert Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016; 7:30 pm

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote several works featuring the horn, mostly due to his lifelong friendship with horn player Joseph Leutgeb. Mozart wrote at least three of his horn concertos for Leutgeb...

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Program Notes Featuring Composers: Mendelssohn and Dvorak

Concert Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015; 7:30 pm

Felix Mendelssohn's parents recognized and encouraged his musical talent at an early age, providing the prodigy with the resources upon which he would build a successful career. By the age of 10...

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Program Notes Featuring Composers: Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Stravinsky

Concert Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015; 7:30 pm

For a period in his life, Robert Schumann became fixated upon a single type of music and composed obsessively within a particular genre. The year he married Clara Wieck, 1840, coincided...

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