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Beethoven @ 250

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Beethoven @ 250

Beethoven: from our heart to your ears

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It’s a chamber music Birthday Bash from the safety of your living room!

This intimate evening gets “up close and personal” with our principal symphony musicians, including concertmaster Jessica Guideri, principal cellist Trevor Handy, principal trumpet Jon Lewis, clarinetist Juan Gallegos and other celebrated Symphony musicians. These symphony Allstars will play alongside guest performers, including pianist Robert Koenig (Chair, UCSB Department of Music), soprano soloist Julia Metzler, an alumna of the Music Academy of the West and also an Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman Studio Artist.

Join Maestro Nir Kabaretti as he weaves together a way for home audiences to experience musical chemistry in a chamber music program of beloved and new adaptations of Beethoven’s music, presented in unaccompanied solos and together in duos, trios, and quartets. The performers share their personal reflections about Beethoven — his music and legacy — in the context of our time.

The Program & Artists

Hosted by Nir Kabaretti

String Quartet Opus 18, No. 4 in C minor:  Allegro ma non tanto

        Jessica Guideri, violin
        Elizabeth Hedman, violin 
        Erik Rynearson viola 
        Trevor Handy, cello

Violin Sonata No. 5, Op. 24 “Spring” :  Allegro
        Jessica Guideri, violin
        Robert Koenig, piano

Marzelline’s aria from “Fidelio”        
        Julia Metzler, soprano
        Robert Koenig, piano

Sonatina in F Major, Ahn. 5:  Allegro Assai, Rondo
        Eduardo Meneses, marimba                           

Trio: Variations in C Major, “La Ci Darem la Mano”         
       Lara Wickes, oboe
       Jennifer Cullinan, oboe
       Sarah Beck, English horn

Trio, Op 87        (arr. Jon Lewis)                            
      Teag Reaves, horn
      Jon Lewis, trumpet
      Miles McAllister, trumpet

Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor, “Für Elise”, arranged for harp                                            
      Michelle Temple, harp

Trio, Opus 11 for Clarinet, Cello and Piano: III “Theme and Variations” 
       Juan Gallegos, clarinet
       Trevor Handy, cello
       Robert Koenig, piano

The Schedule

  • Countdown Clock begins
  • 30 minutes: Pre-show
  • 90 Minutes: The performance: includes backstage interviews during a short intermission

NOTE:  Your virtual ticket also enables you to return to watch the recording on-demand.

A very warm and special thank you
to our 2020/21 season donors and the sponsors making this event possible!

2020/21 Concert
Season Sponsor
Sarah & Roger Chrisman
Corporate Season
Video & Audio Technology
Season Sponsor
Sarah & Roger Chrisman
-- Dr. Robert W. Weinman --
Artistic Sponsor
-- Mary Jo Swalley --
Artist Sponsor
-- Karin Jacobson, in memory of her late husband Hans J. Koellner --
Selection Sponsor

The Santa Barbara Symphony offers a special Thank You to
the Music Academy of the West for inviting us to your campus!

Musicians of the Santa Barbara Symphony performing on this program:

Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director

The full Orchestra Roster can be found HERE

violin I
Jessica Guideri, concertmaster (Tom & Christine Frisina, Musician Sponsor)

violin II
Elizabeth Hedman

Erik Rynearson, principal

Trevor Handy, principal (Geoffrey Rutkowski Chair)

oboe I
Lara Wickes (John & Pamela Johnston,
Musician Sponsor)

oboe II
Jennifer Cullinan (Samuel M. & Alene S. Hedgpeth, Musician Sponsor)

Michelle Temple

trumpet I
Jon Lewis, principal (Ethel L. Shopen Chair)

trumpet II
Miles McAllister

Teag Reaves

english horn
Sarah Beck

Juan Gallegos

Eduardo Meneses

The Santa Barbara Symphony thanks
American Federation of Musicians Local 308, Neil Garber, President
Robert Koenig,
Guest Pianist
Jessica Guideri,
Trevor Handy,
Principal Cello
Julia Metzler,
Guest Soprano
Jon Lewis,
Principal Trumpet
Juan Gallegos, Clarinet

Artist Bios: Beethoven @ 250

Beethoven: from our heart to your ears

Robert Koenig

Robert Koenig, Pianist, Chair, UCSB Department of Music

Now in his third decade as a much sought-after performing artist, Canadian pianist Robert Koenig has performed throughout the world to great acclaim as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician. His partnerships with many of today’s leading classical artists have seen him grace many of the world’s most important stages, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Paris’ Louvre Museum. These frequent recital appearances have seen him collaborating with many of this generation’s most renowned musicians, including Augustin Hadelich, Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Pamela Frank,  and more. Of significance is Koenig’s frequent partnership with legendary late violinist Aaron Rosand that resulted in many successful recital tours throughout the world, in addition to a recorded legacy of live performances. Koenig’s 25-year collaboration with renowned American violinist Elmar Oliveria continues to see the pair travel the globe in recital performances as well as in multiple acclaimed recordings for the Artek and Biddulph Recording labels. His additional recording activity includes a GRAMMY nominated CD for Naxos of William Primrose Transcriptions for Viola and Piano with violist Roberto Diaz as well as recordings for Decca, Cedille, Eroica, Ambassador, Centaur, and CRI.

Julia Metzler

Julia Metzler, Music Academy of the West alumna, and Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman Studio Artist for the 2019-20 Season.

Los Angeles-based soprano Julia Metzler is an active up-and-coming opera singer and concert soloist. Her recent and upcoming roles include Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Mrs. P in The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, Micaëla in Bizet’s The Tragedy of Carmen, and the title role in Gustav Holst’s Savitri. Ms. Metzler has appeared as Lady Billows in Albert Herring with Repertory Opera Company, in which described her “powerful voice and passionate persona” as “perfect in the role.” Other roles include 2nd Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Center Stage Opera, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Pacific Opera Project, and Blanche de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites with San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

As a roster member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Ms. Metzler can frequently be heard performing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. She has performed as a soloist with both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and with the Chorale, most recently in Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah. Other solo credits include Verdi’s Requiem (UCLA Philharmonia), Bach’s B minor Mass (Pasadena Pro Musica), Haydn’s Stabat Mater (Pasadena Pro Musica), and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy (San Francisco Choral Union).

A frequent opera competitor, Ms. Metzler was a 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards National Semi-Finalist, after winning First Place in the Western Region finals in January of 2018. She has also won awards from the Pasadena Opera Guild Competition (Second Place), the Pacific Musical Society Competition (First Place), the Mondavi Center Young Artists’ Competition (Grand Prize), the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition (Finalist), the Stewart Brady Competition (2nd place), and the Los Angeles Spotlight Awards (Grand Prize).

Conducted by The Santa Barbara Symphony’s
World Renowned Conductor

Nir Kabaretti

Nir Kabaretti has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after musicians. Some of his most well-known collaborators include Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Joyce Di Donato, Angel Joy Blue, Vadim Repin, Gilles Apap, Hélène Grimaud, and André Watts.
Conducted by The Santa Barbara Symphony's World Renowned Conductor

Nir Kabaretti

Nir Kabaretti has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after musicians. Some of his most well-known collaborators include Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Joyce Di Donato, Angel Joy Blue, Vadim Repin, Gilles Apap, Hélène Grimaud, and André Watts.
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