When Jazz Met Beethoven, Symphonically

April 11, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

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Gerald Carpenter: Santa Barbara Symphony to Swing with an African ‘Genesis’

April 11, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

NoozhawkLogoArtsEntertainmentNoozhawk_LogoBy Gerald Carpenter, Noozhawk Contributing Writer | Published on 04.11.2014 1:33 p.m.

The Santa Barbara Symphony will play its April program twice, at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, in the Granada Theatre at 1214 State St.

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Darius Milhaud in the 1920s, when he tweaked the nose of the French musical establishment as a one of “The Six.”

The concerts will be conducted by Music Director Nir Kabaretti, with the participation of guest soloist Donald Foster on clarinet and the animation of Carolyn Chrisman.

We will hear three works: Darius Milhaud’s 1923 ballet, La création du monde, Opus 81a (with Chrisman’s animation), Aaron Copland’sConcerto for Clarinet, Strings and Harp (1949)(with Foster) and Ludwig van Beethoven’sSymphony No. 7 in A-Major, Opus 92 (1813).

It’s always a good idea to have an organizing principle for a concert program, and the symphony has made much of the relationship between these works and jazz — too much, possibly.

Each of the works is a stand-alone masterpiece, and can be enjoyed by itself without any talking points. Those who listen to jazz on a regular basis will not mistake either the Clarinet Concerto or The Creation of the World for examples of the genre. Still, after a breathtakingly lyrical opening, the Copland does swing, while the Milhaud, whose ambience is decidedly more African than American, works a sea change on our only native idiom and hands it back to us in a steamy exotic disguise.

Beethoven conducted the premiere of theSeventh Symphony himself, at a charity concert in Vienna to raise money for soldiers wounded in the battle against Napoleon. The orchestra that night was an all-star ensemble, with the likes ofLouis SpohrJohann Nepomuk Hummel,Giacomo MeyerbeerAntonio Salieri,Domenico Dragonetti and Mauro Giulianiall playing together under Beethoven’s baton. Wir sind die Welt/wir sind die Kinder.

The fledgling music lover goes from passionate attachment to passionate attachment with a violence and finality that is scarcely credible from the distance of age. My discovery of the Seventh Symphony was a great event in the evolution of my emotional life. The gorgeous, unforgettable second movement is a triumph of polyphony, and if you don’t believe me, try whistling it — it sounds like slow-motion Morse code. Yet when a full orchestra is playing it, the melodies are obvious, like a glowing mist over a dark river.

Tickets to this concert are $29 to $133, with special rates for seniors, students and groups. Discounted student tickets are available for $10 with valid student ID. Single tickets can be purchased from the Granada box office at 805.899.2222 or online by clicking here.

— Gerald Carpenter covers the arts as a Noozhawk contributing writer. He can be reached at [email protected]. The opinions expressed are his own.

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Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care PHorum

April 10, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

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Health, Lifestyle Events Focus of SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning’s ‘Major Issues’ Series

April 10, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

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The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning is in its first full season of CLL Presents Major Issues, a lecture and special event series, inviting the community to engage with dynamic experts around today’s vital issues.

CLL Presents includes the highly popular “Mind & Supermind” and “Self-Esteem: Seek It and Keep It” events and a roster of new topics affecting our community and society.

“This term we invite the community to come celebrate the 35th anniversary of our popular Mind & Supermind series,” said Andy Harper, executive director of the SBCCCenter for Lifelong Learning. “As our community of students continues to grow, this anniversary symbolizes the longstanding commitment continuing education has to cultivating ourselves and fellow Santa Barbarans.”

This term, CLL Presents Major Issues includes new health and lifestyle events: Your Primal Body: The Paleo Way to Living Lean, Fit, and Healthy at any Age and Candlelight Yoga.

Upcoming Spring 2014 CLL Presents Events

April 11: Self-Esteem: Seek It and Keep It

Patty DeDominic, entrepreneur and philanthropist will present “Self-Esteem in the Entrepreneurs World: How I Found It!”

DeDominic is president and CEO of DeDominic & Associates and provides coaching and advising for high achieving organizations and professionals. She founded and headed several for-profit and nonprofit organizations that focus on career enhancement and is the former chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and founder of Santa Barbara Women’s Festivals. The lecture format of series will allow an opportunity for questions and answers. Students will leave feeling motivated and inspired! This event is presented in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Council for Self-Esteem. Tuition/fees partially covered through private donations. Click here to register.

April 25: Special 35th Anniversary Event

Mind & Supermind with special guest lecturer Veronica Goodchild, Ph.D. This year, the CLL celebrates the 35th anniversary year of Mind and Supermind.

In 2013, Goodchild made a pilgrimage to Camino de Santiago in France. In this lecture, she will share images of landscapes and sacred sites that represent her inner journey in the outer world. Focusing on Jung’s studies on synchronicity, Veronica Goodchild will show how contemplative journeys reawaken us to the living spirit of nature and our broader connection to the cosmos. Tuition for Mind & Supermind is $5. Click here to register.

May 2: Your Primal Body: The Paleo Way to Living Lean, Fit and Healthy at Any Age

Santa Barbara’s own author, personal trainer and professional consultant Mikki Reilly will guide students through the specifics of the growing trend of Paleo diet and exercise. Students will learn how to transform their body with a Paleo lifestyle, including how to eating an anti-inflammatory primal diet, how to kick up metabolism to burn fat, and how to restore pain-free movement and begin a complete transformation to fitness and health. Tuition for Your Primal Body is $10.Click here to register.

May 16: Santa Barbara Treasures-Trees and Views

Santa Barbara has a variety of ordinances that protect both trees and views because they are important to us, but are these regulations effective?

This series presents a lively panel discussion on what happens when local tree and view protection policies conflict? Hear local experts weigh in on issues impacting Santa Barbara’s trees and views. Note: In collaboration with: Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society. Tuition for Santa Barbara Treasures is $20. Click here to register.

June 6: Candlelight Yoga

This relaxing yet empowering yoga class promotes both inner- and physical strength as students are led through restorative movements and breathing work. Students will develop increased proficiency in yoga poses, and leave class feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. This course is appropriate for all levels including those new to yoga to experienced students. Tuition for Candlelight Yoga $20. Click here to register.

The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning mission is to be responsive to the diverse lifelong learning needs of adult members of the Santa Barbara Community. CLL aims to be the educational, cultural and social hub for the Santa Barbara community, continuing a nearly 60-year tradition of excellence. CLL is online by clicking here, and on FacebookTwitter (@sbccCLL) and YouTube.

 

— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing the SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning.

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Making the Valley so special

April 10, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

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April 10, 2014 12:00 am

Each spring, the Santa Ynez Valley News and Valley Foundation bestow awards on local heroes who go above and beyond when it comes to volunteering and giving back to their communities.

Each time we hand out these awards, it is abundantly clear that top volunteers have one thing in common — they do a lot of really great stuff.

This year’s Santa Ynez Valley Man and Woman of the Year are certainly no exception, nor are the other local residents honored in various categories.

The top prizes went to Puck Erickson-Lohnas and Greg Pensa, names and faces familiar to most folks living in this part of the county.

Neither Erickson-Lohnas nor Pensa are strangers to this award-winning habit. Both have been named Volunteer of the Year, Erickson-Lohnas in 2010, and Pensa in 2004.

As we mentioned earlier, they weren’t the only stars to shine at the annual awards banquet at the Buellton Marriott last month. The Valley Foundation and Valley News also recognized the volunteerism and contributions to local communities of three local teens — Daven Martinez, Aaron Orosz and David Wagstaffe — with Youth in Service Awards.

Other local volunteers honored include Rona Barrett, Hans Birkholm, Holly and Terry Delaney, Ken Harwood and Bruce Porter.

All these names are familiar to us, in large part because these are the folks who do all the great stuff to help Valley residents live better, safer, healthier and more complete lives.

The idea behind the Man and Woman of the Year Awards was birthed in the mid-1990s by Jeff Cotter, who was at the time executive director of the Valley Foundation. Jeff got together with the late Lucinda Johnson, editor of the Valley News during that era, and the strategy for recognizing top volunteers was mapped out.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Since that first inkling of an annual awards banquet and presentation, hundreds of hard-working, dedicated Valley residents have been recognized for volunteer work that often occurs far behind the scenes.

It takes a special kind of person to give up personal time to help others, and this Valley seems to have an abundant supply of such people.

And, we’ll share an insider secret about volunteering, one that dedicated volunteers are well aware of — once you start giving of your time and energy, it’s really difficult to stop.

That’s because the feeling one gets from helping others is, well, almost indescribable. We could call it joy and elation, but truthfully, it transcends those emotions.

There’s only one way to gain that knowledge and those feelings. You need to become a volunteer. It doesn’t have to be on too grand a scale at the beginning. Just dip your toe in the water, get an idea of what volunteering is all about.

You’ll like it. You’ll become addicted to helping others. We guarantee it.

http://syvnews.com/news/opinion/editorial/making-the-valley-so-special/article_ec596dc6-bf9a-11e3-903a-001a4bcf887a.html

 

 

Saturday Family Day with the Foodbank

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Dear Friends,

SATURDAY FAMILY DAY with the Foodbank is Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bring your kids, family and friends to the Foodbank warehouse on April 12th for a great opportunity to volunteer and to help your community.  The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County now has a Family Philanthropy program offering something unique in Santa Barbara:  a chance for kids to visit the warehouse for a tour, to work in a volunteer activity and to have some fun!

Saturday Family Days take place on the second Saturday of each month.  This program is for kids ages 5 and up and an adult family member or friend.  All kids will need to be accompanied by an adult (you may bring more than one child for each adult).  You must sign up in advance to participate (details and contact info below).

What:  Volunteer at Foodbank warehouse with your kids
When:  Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9:30 – 11:30 am
Where:  4554 Hollister Avenue (near Ben Page Youth Center)
Who:  Kids aged 5+ and a parent or adult. No child drop off, please. Several kids may come with one adult (parents may bring their own kids &/or their kids plus friends).

How:  Please email Jennifer Mansbach [email protected] to sign up and to get event day details

Please share this email with family and friends.  We would love to have you join us at the warehouse!
If you do not wish to be included in future emails please let me know.

Warmly,

Jennifer Mansbach
Parent, Foodbank Knowledge Philanthropist & Volunteer
[email protected]

http://4thgrade.us/food-bank-volunteering.html

Los Angeles-based clarinetist Donald Foster sheds a little light on the mysterious world of Hollywood film studio orchestras . . .

April 9, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

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Posted on April 9, 2014

Daniel Kepl interviews Donald Foster, Principal Clarinet of the Pasadena Symphony and Santa Barbara Symphony, on the eve of his performance of the Clarinet Concerto by Aaron Copland with the Santa Barbara SymphonyNir Kabaretti conducting. Performances are Saturday, April 12 (8pm) and Sunday, April 13 (3pm) at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara.

Be sure to watch the one-and-only take video of the NBC Nightly News theme, John Williams conducting. Foster explains in the interview that John Williams is one of his “accounts.” Be sure to read the Foster interview in CASA Magazine April 11-20. That issue will also have my reviews of State Street Ballet‘s performance of choreographer William Soleau’s Carmen, and  the Westmont College men’s and women’s choirs.

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Pacific Western Bank gives $25K to Rona Barrett Foundation

April 8, 2014  |  News  | 

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Weber, executive vice president of Pacific Western, presents a $25,000 check to Rona Barrett for the Rona Barrett Foundation.

April 08, 2014 12:00 am  •  Staff report

Pacific Western Bank recently presented a $25,000 check to the Rona Barrett Foundation.

“We are proud to support the important work that the Rona Barrett Foundation does on behalf of vulnerable seniors,” said

Susan Weber, executive vice president of Pacific Western. “We look forward to the opening of The Golden Inn & Villages in Santa Ynez which will hopefully become a model for senior living across the country.”

Rona Barrett Foundation, a nonprofit organization, seeks to provide solutions to affordable housing and supportive services for seniors in need with the development of The Golden Inn & Village, where seniors may access a variety of care that meets their needs as they age in place.

Construction on The Golden Inn & Village is scheduled to begin in 2015.

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Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens

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News-Press TV talks with the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens’ Executive Director Joyce Ellen Lippman about how this non-profit works to encourage the community to stand up against elder abuse.

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