Monday’s concert will feature two musicians with past ties to the Santa Barbara area
Former UCSB music faculty member Ronald Copes returns to Santa Barbara as a violinist in the prestigious Juilliard String Quartet.
The ensemble, which actually has two local connections, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Lobero Theater, 33 E. Canon Perdido St.
The program is part of the concerts of the Community Arts Music Association of Santa Barbara.
“It’s like a homecoming for Ron, and we’re always thrilled to have them,” CAMA board member Stephen Cloud told News-Press. “They will play Beethoven’s last string quartet, the one Beethoven composed but never heard played.”
The quartet will perform Beethoven’s Quartet No. 16, Opus 135 during the program, which is part of CAMA’s Masterseries.
Mr. Copes has been playing with the quartet since 1997.
In addition to Mr. Copes, the quartet is made up of violinist Areta Zhulla, cellist Astrid Schween and violist Molly Carr, an alumnus of the Western Academy of Music in Montecito. Ms. Carr, who joined the quartet in May, is part of the award-winning Carr-Petrova Duo and the Iris Trio. She is the former violist of the Solera Quartet, which received the 2018 Guarneri Quartet Residency Award from Chamber Music America.
The Juilliard Quartet was founded in 1946 and has been hailed for its emphasis on classics as well as its promotion of new works.
Another local connection will be seen and heard on December 7 when French pianist Hélène Grimaud, who lives in Santa Ynez, performs at 7:30 p.m. at Lobero for a CAMA concert. Mr. Cloud said she is among the top master musicians in the international music scene today.
Mr. Cloud is also excited about the return of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the Granada for a 7:30 p.m. concert on January 25. It’s conducted by Riccardo Muti, and Mr. Cloud explained how the acclaimed orchestra fell into CAMA’s lap.
“We had a few more gigs planned for the upcoming season, each of which fell apart. One was a Russian orchestra, and obviously that’s gone,” Cloud said, referring to the tension resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Out of nowhere, we got a call from the Chicago Symphony, asking if we wanted them to play. We said, ‘Yes!’
“Every year, critics choose them as one of the top two, three or five orchestras in the world,” Mr. Cloud said. “The last time they played here was five years ago. The time before was in the 1960s.
“Riccardo Muti is arguably one of the last legendary conductors,” Mr. Cloud said.
The international series continues at Granada with the Filharmonie Brno, an orchestra from the Czech Republic, performing at 7:30 p.m. on February 13.
The Masterseries will resume on March 4 with Los Romeros, the Romero family guitar quartet, whose concert is part of the Lobero Theater’s 150th anniversary celebration. (The theater was founded on February 22, 1873.) The concert will take place there at 7:30 p.m.
Renowned solo violinist Augustin Hadelich will perform at 7:30 p.m. on April 24 at Lobero.
And the international series at Granada will feature the Curtis Symphony Orchestra (Curtis Institute of Music/Philadelphia) at 7:30 p.m. on May 18.
The season will conclude with the performance of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on May 28 at the Granada.
The concert will feature two world premieres commissioned by LA Phil – Ellen Reid’s “West Coast Sky Eternal” and Gabriella Smith’s “Lost Coast” Cello Concerto, as well as Symphony No. 7 in A major, Opus 92 by Beethoven.
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