Luz Reyes-Martin, Director of Communications
Spring may be the time of year when April showers bring May flowers, but it is also when the Santa Barbara City College Music Department fills the air with song. Between April 19 and May 6 seven concerts are scheduled, culminating with the SBCC Symphony’s performance of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.”
“Music Now!” kicks off the line-up on the evening of April 19 at the Garvin Theatre, where students will present the latest trends in electronic composition with original music and images, the product of electronic music and sound recording classes.
On April 22, director Eric C. Heidner and the Santa Barbara City College Concert Band will perform the world premiere of Cody Anderson’s “Tales of an Adventurer,” guest-conducted by the composer at the Garvin Theatre. In addition, new works by leading wind band composers such as Otto M. Schwarz, Philip Sparke, and Thomas Doss, along with a classic march by John Philip Sousa, make this a concert not to be missed.
The Concert Choir, Women’s Choir and Chamber Singers will perform at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 28.
On Sunday April 29 the Fe Bland Forum on SBCC’s West Campus will host a Combo Concert featuring Katisse Buckingham performing with the SBCC New World Jazz Ensemble directed by Tony Ybarra, and the Interplay Combo directed by David Campos. LA Weekly described Buckingham as “one of the area’s most sought after woodwind players.”
SBCC’s award-winning jazz ensembles will heat up the Garvin Theatre with Big Band Jazz at its finest on Monday April 30, with the Big Band Blow Out.
Known internationally for its “voluptuous tapestry of sound, vocal purity and radiant sonorities,” the Quire of Voyces, Santa Barbara's premier choral ensemble, will perform the great cathedral classics of the Renaissance and twentieth centuries at St. Anthony’s Seminary on Saturday evening May 5, and Sunday afternoon May 6.
The SBCC Symphony caps off the spring season on Sunday evening May 6, when James Mooy returns to lead the central coast’s finest community orchestra in a performance of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.”
According to Professor John Clark, “The SBCC Music Department has long been recognized for its excellence and innovation. Our spring concert series carries on the tradition with performances that feature music from a wide range of genres.”