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Mozart Marathon!

Mozart Marathon

Saturday, January 18, 2025 | 7:30pm

Sunday, January 19, 2025 | 3:00pm

The Granada Theatre.

Concert Duration: Approximately 100 minutes

Learn More About this Program
Program Notes: Coming Soon

Digital Program: Coming Soon

SATURDAY

The Artists

Nir Kabaretti, conductor
Amy Tatum, flute
Michelle Temple, harp
Jessica Guideri, violin

Repertoire

Mozart: Overture to The Impresario
Mozart: Concerto For Flute and Harp
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D 
Mozart: Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”

SUNDAY

SATURDAY:

Jessica Guideri, violin
Lara Wicks, oboe
Natasha Kislenko, piano

Mozart | Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart | Symphony in D, K 196 / 121
Mozart | Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K 488


Pianist Natasha Kislenko, hailed for her “vividly expressive” interpretations and “virtuosity that left the audience exhilarated“ (Santa Barbara Independent) offers unique concert programs and presentations to the worldwide community of music listeners. A prizewinner of several international piano competitions, she has extensively concertized in Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Israel and across the Americas.

Ms. Kislenko made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut after taking the Grand Prize at the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition in 1996. Recent solo engagements include the Eskişehir Greater Municipality Symphony Orchestra, Turkey; the Varna Chamber Orchestra, Bulgaria; and the New West Symphony, CA. A resident pianist of the Santa Barbara Symphony since 2010, she has been a featured soloist for the Shostakovich, Grieg, Clara Schumann, Dohnanyi, de Falla, and Mozart piano concerti, to great critical acclaim. In 2013, Ms. Kislenko was invited as a special guest to present the new Steinway D piano at the Teatro Municipal Ignacio A. Pane in Asunción, Paraguay, performing with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional.

Ms. Kislenko has shared the stage with many distinguished musicians including Alban Gerhardt, Frank Huang, Richie Hawley, Joshua Roman, and the Takács Quartet, to name only a few. She, along with the violinist Chavdar Parashkevov, released two albums for violin and piano, “Russian Sonatas” and “Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler.” The Strad magazine praised her “limpid and beautiful pianism.”

Natasha holds graduate degrees in piano from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, NY. Her main teachers include Anatoly Vedernikov, Gilbert Kalish, and Joaquín Achúcarro.
In addition to a successful performing career, Dr. Kislenko has been a dedicated educator and mentor to the younger generations of aspiring musicians. A collaborative faculty member at the Music Academy of the West, CA since 2004, Natasha joined the faculty at University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007 after serving at California State University, Fresno for five years. Since the lockdown, she has appeared with performances and masterclasses at Hacettepe University and Mimar Sinan University (Turkey), Texas State University San Marcos, San Diego State University, University of Colorado Boulder, and held a teaching residency at the Trinity Laban Conservatory in London, in addition to numerous adjudications for MTNA and MTAC.

 

Harpist Michelle Temple was awarded the position of Principal Harp with the Santa Barbara Symphony in 1991 and has served as Principal Harp for Opera Santa Barbara for more than 25 years. One of the few “locally grown” members of these orchestras, she enjoys frequent visits to her hometown to share music with Santa Barbara audiences. Michelle has also been a member of Orange County’s Pacific Symphony since 1994, and currently resides in Ventura County.

An active orchestral musician, she has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, LA Opera, Opera Pacific, Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She has toured Europe with Pacific Symphony and the American Wind Symphony, and was a guest Principal with the Singapore Symphony. Her many ballet orchestra credits include the American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Royal Ballet of London, and the Bolshoi Ballet.
Michelle has shared the stage with some of music’s brightest stars, including John Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Renee Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Kiri Te Kanawa, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras.
She has recorded with Pacific Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony, and can also be heard on the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s “Christmas” CD, and Frank Sinatra’s “Duets”. Michelle has been featured in world premiere performances of works by today’s leading composers, including Jake Heggie, Sir James MacMillan, Tobias Picker, John Wineglass, Viet Cuong, William Bolcom, Richard Danielpour, and Phillip Glass. She appeared with Pacific Symphony on PBS’ Great Performances, performing Southern California composer Peter Boyers’ work Ellis Island: The Dream of America.


In 2005, Michelle and flutist Cynthia Ellis formed the duo Arioso out of a shared passion to explore the vibrant and colorful repertory for flute and harp. They have performed innovative recitals and education concerts throughout Orange County, and their CD Petite Delights was released on the Centaur label, receiving immediate airplay on the largest classical music station in the country, Classical KUSC.


Hailed for her performances as featured soloist with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Independent wrote “she rendered the challenging parts with such grace it seemed effortless”.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, where she studied with internationally renowned harp virtuoso Susann McDonald, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California.

 

Lara Wickes is one of the most frequently recorded oboists in the world right now. Playing on sessions for film, television, albums, as well as frequent orchestra, chamber music, and solo performances, Lara has become known as one of Southern California’s premiere oboists. 

Lara is the principal oboist of the Pasadena, Santa Barbara and New West symphonies, and also performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica, and many more. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Southern California, a masters from the California Institute of the Arts, and a bachelors from the University of Oregon. 

Originally from Corvallis, Oregon, Lara moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to study with renowned oboist Allan Vogel. Pursuing freelance work alongside her academic pursuits, she eventually became a regular in the recording studios, and has performed solo oboe and English horn on over 200 motion pictures. She has played solo oboe and English horn for John Williams, James Newton Howard, James Horner, Danny Elfman, Alan Silvestri, Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino, and Hans Zimmer, among others. Some credits include Star Wars episodes VII-IX, Wish, the Fabelmans, Encanto, the Jungle Cruise, Rogue One, Moana, Incredibles 2, Coco, and Avatar 1 and 2. 

She has also been privileged to record with several legendary artists, appearing on albums by Barbra Streisand, Elvis Costello, Kelly Clarkson, Neil Young, Celine Dion, the Who, Seth MacFarlane, Leslie Odom, Jr., Trisha Yearwood, Jimmy Eat World, Ke$ha, and Alice Cooper. She has also appeared on television with Prince, Mariah Carey, and Andrea Bocelli.

Because the oboe “just wasn’t quite hard enough,” Lara also plays the baroque oboe and the theremin, the former because of her love for early music and the latter because of her love for the haunting, singing quality of the instrument. Lara starting playing the theremin at the age of 17 and has performed in Carnegie and Disney Halls on the instrument, and also as a soloist with the San Diego Symphony. She has also done some recording on the theremin and can be heard on several episodes of “the Simpsons.” 

Lara lives in North Hollywood with her husband and their two children. She is an active member of the American Federation of Musicians and is a titled officer of the Recording Musicians Association.

 

 

 

Harpist Michelle Temple was awarded the position of Principal Harp with the Santa Barbara Symphony in 1991 and has served as Principal Harp for Opera Santa Barbara for more than 25 years. One of the few “locally grown” members of these orchestras, she enjoys frequent visits to her hometown to share music with Santa Barbara audiences. Michelle has also been a member of Orange County’s Pacific Symphony since 1994 and currently resides in Ventura County.

An active orchestral musician, she has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, LA Opera, Opera Pacific, Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She has toured Europe with Pacific Symphony and the American Wind Symphony and was a guest Principal with the Singapore Symphony. Her many ballet orchestra credits include the American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Royal Ballet of London, and the Bolshoi Ballet.
Michelle has shared the stage with some of music’s brightest stars, including John Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Renee Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Kiri Te Kanawa, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras.

She has recorded with Pacific Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Santa Barbara Symphony, and can also be heard on the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s “Christmas” CD, and Frank Sinatra’s “Duets”. Michelle has been featured in world premiere performances of works by today’s leading composers, including Jake Heggie, Sir James MacMillan, Tobias Picker, John Wineglass, Viet Cuong, William Bolcom, Richard Danielpour, and Phillip Glass. She appeared with the Pacific Symphony on PBS’ Great Performances, performing Southern California composer Peter Boyers’ work Ellis Island: The Dream of America.
In 2005, Michelle and flutist Cynthia Ellis formed the duo Arioso out of a shared passion to explore the vibrant and colorful repertory for flute and harp. They have performed innovative recitals and education concerts throughout Orange County, and their CD Petite Delights was released on the Centaur label, receiving immediate airplay on the largest classical music station in the country, Classical KUSC.

Hailed for her performances as a featured soloist with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Independent wrote “She rendered the challenging parts with such grace it seemed effortless”.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, where she studied with internationally renowned harp virtuoso Susann McDonald, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California.

 

American violinist Jessica Guideri is Concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Symphony and an active recording musician—she can be heard on 500+ motion picture and television soundtracks including Star Wars, Family Guy, The Simpsons, and Frozen.   

She is also an in-demand chamber musician and was the first violinist of the internationally touring Fry Street Quartet, that was sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the U.S. Department of State as cultural ambassadors to the Balkan states.  Jessica has also appeared as soloist in many counties and on many stages, including the main stage at Carnegie Hall.

She has held principal positions at the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, among others, and has taught at Utah State and San Diego State Universities, as well as the Eastern Music Festival.  Jessica founded, produces and performs in a chamber music experience in Los Angeles called “Music Above the Clouds”.  More information about Music Above the Clouds and Jessica can be found on facebook and instagram.

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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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