Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

KUSC Host Alan Chapman, S.B. Chamber Orchestra Team up for an Evening of Music and Dialogue

Popular radio host Alan Chapman will join several members of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra for an intimate evening of chamber music and related discussion at the University Club of Santa Barbara on Tuesday, April 4. Featuring a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s exquisite String Quartet No. 3, Op. 44, the program will begin at 7:30 pm. Wine and dessert will be served. Tickets cost $64; seating is limited.

Mr. Chapman hosts and produces three regular programs on Classical KUSC, the nation’s largest and most-listened-to public radio and nonprofit classical music station. Currently a member of the music theory faculty at Colburn Conservatory, he was a longtime member of the music faculty at Occidental College and has been a visiting professor at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. His analytical work has appeared in the Journal of Music Theory and in The New Orpheus: Essays on Kurt Weill, winner of the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing on music. Well known as a pre-concert lecturer, Mr. Chapman has been a regular speaker on the L.A. Philharmonic’s Upbeat Live series since its inception in 1984. He also works closely with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Opera, and Pacific Symphony. His lectures have been presented by virtually every major performing organization in Southern California, and he can be heard globally as programmer and host of the inflight classical channel on Delta Airlines. Mr. Chapman also is active as a composer/lyricist and frequently appears in cabaret performances with his wife, soprano Karen Benjamin. They made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 and performed at Lincoln Center in 2006.

Representing the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra will be Kathleen Sloan and Hwi Eun Kim (violin), Maestro Heiichiro Ohyama (viola), and Catherine Chan Biagini (cello). 

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra will conclude its 2016-17 season on May 16 with Schumann’s intensely expressive Piano Concerto in A Minor featuring the electrifying Alessio Bax at the Lobero Theatre.