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April 16, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

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Clarinets and the Creation at the Granada

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


The French modernist composer Darius Milhaud gave as much to the American musical tradition as he took from it, as he was an important mentor to both Dave Brubeck and Burt Bachrach during the time he spent teaching composition at Mills College. Milhaud came to this country with an intense feeling for melody, and a taste for the polyphonic language of jazz. At Sunday’s concert by the Santa Barbara Symphony, Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde displayed both these qualities of melody and polyphony to great effect, with a relatively small and thoroughly string-free ensemble onstage executing the music, and a short animated film by Santa Barbara native Carolyn Chrisman projected above their heads to illustrate its narrative, which was originally told through ballet. Following the Milhaud, the Symphony’s principal clarinetist, Donald T. Foster, stepping forward to play the Clarinet Concerto of Aaron Copland, a piece inspired (and premiered) by the great Benny Goodman. It begins slowly, with the clarinet playing long lines in close harmony with the orchestra, and then bursts into a virtuosic cadenza intended to evoke the syncopations of Latin jazz. Foster played brilliantly, and acknowledged the standing ovation he received first with a short solo encore, and then by a definitive ending which involved removing the mouthpiece from his instrument for all to see.

After the intermission, maestro got down to some serious Beethoven business by conducting a fierce and rapid rendition of the composer’s 7th symphony. It’s always been a pleasure to watch Kabaretti on the podium—he’s graceful, athletic, and full of energy. But on this particular performance, he seemed to find a new gear, reaching deep inside to pull out every ounce of passion and grandeur in this immortal work. The orchestra followed him attentively, and the result was an unforgettable afternoon with one of the world’s best loved pieces of music.

Drought Affecting Food Banks Efforts To Help Those In Need


Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:49am

The drought is affecting us in a number of ways, including an increasing impact on the state’s agricultural industry.

People with some of the region’s food banks say that in turn is starting to affect their ability to feed the hungry.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story.

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New Beginnings Counseling Center Selected as Featured Charity for Bimmerfest

April 14, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

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Bimmerfest, a community of BMW enthusiasts, hosts the largest BMW car show in North America. Santa Barbara-based NewBeginningsCounselingCenter has been selected as the featured charity for the Bimmerfest “Opportunity Drawing.” (Bimmerfest photo)

Published on 04.14.2014 3:00 p.m.

Bimmerfest 2014 has once again selected Santa Barbara-based New Beginnings Counseling Center as its featured charity for the 15th annual Bimmerfest “Opportunity Drawing.”

Bimmerfest 2014, sponsored by ESS Tuning, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 at the Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive in Pasadena.

“We are excited to welcome NewBeginningsCounselingCenter as Bimmerfest 2014’s ‘Opportunity Drawing’ recipient,” said Jon Shafer, founder and owner of Bimmerfest. “By helping struggling families regain their footing, NewBeginningsCounselingCenter epitomizes our goal for the drawing to give back to the community.”

Bimmerfest, a community of BMW enthusiasts, hosts the largest BMW car show in North America. Founded and owned by Shafer, Bimmerfest awards an “Opportunity Drawing” to a selected charity each year. This is the second year Bimmerfest has chosen to recognize NewBeginningsCounselingCenter. Last year, Bimmerfest raised $5,300 for NewBeginningsCounselingCenter.

“We are thrilled to be selected by Bimmerfest for the second year in a row,” said Kristine Schwarz, executive director of NewBeginningsCounselingCenter. “It is gratifying to see BMW enthusiasts share their enthusiasm for our mission — to advance transformation in the lives of individuals and families by providing mental health and supportive services so that we may all lead healthy, independent lives.”

New BeginningsCounselingCenter will run the “Opportunity Drawing” table at Bimmerfest 2014, selling tickets for the charity raffle. Bimmerfest guests will have the opportunity to win prizes donated by event sponsors. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5, and all proceeds will benefit NewBeginningsCounselingCenter.


— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing New Beginnings Counseling Center.


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Filling bowls for a cause

Lompoc Record

April 11, 2014 12:00 am  •  Judith Monte Development manager North County Foodbank

The new venue at DeWees Center provided a lovely backdrop for this year’s Lompoc Empty Bowls.

With generous support from financial sponsors, soup donors, silent auction and raffle donors and those who attended, the event proved a great success. Nearly $29,000 netted from the event will go to help the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County provide food to local distribution programs, including a number of the Foodbank’s own programs, such as Senior Brown Bag, Kids Farmers Market and Healthy School Pantry.

The drought has resulted in fewer donations from major food sources and higher food costs due to the reduced supply. The funds raised at the event will help to mitigate the drought’s impact.

This well-loved event is made possible by a group of dedicated committee members, under the leadership of Alice Down and Trish Jordan, who work sacrificially to benefit those in need. They are shining examples of that Lompoc community spirit.