Thursday, July 16, 2009

Santa Barbara Treasures

The Music Academy of the West is in the throes of it's Summer Festival. Currently into it's sixth decade, the Academy was founded to aid in the development of gifted young classical musicians through advanced study with accomplished faculty artists. As the reputation of the Academy grew it moved from Cate School to permanent facilities at it's current location at the Miraflores estate bequeathed to the Academy by Helen Marso. A year long renovation of Hahn Hall and the surrounding campus has resulted in a first class Music Academy rich in architectural history of the facilities along with the Academy's rich musical history and future.
The Academy has welcomed an outstanding group of visiting artist this summer. There are many opportunities to enjoy this local treasure for free Master Classes and Concerts and formal ticketed events.

The following are free to the public:

84 Instrumental Masterclasses: held Wednesday afternoons at Miraflores, except for the following: Trumpet-Mondays, 3:15, Hahn Hall; Collaborative Piano-Tuesdays, 1, Lehmann Hall; Clarinet-Wednesdays, 1, Lehmann Hall; Percussion-Thursdays 3:15, Hahn Hall; Flute- Thursdays, 3:15, Singher Studio.
6 Community Concerts: Immensely popular, these concerts feature Academy Fellows performing as soloists and in ensembles. Arrive early for a seat. Thursday July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Merit Recital: Friday July 17, 1 pm at Hahn Hall at the Academy. Accomplished local music students celebrate the conclusion of their two-week Festival immersion with a concert open to the public.
Academy Brass Ensemble Concert: Wednesday, July 22nd at 7:30 pm at Hahn Hall.
Piano Studio Presentation: Thursday, August 13, 1 pm at Lehmann Hall.

The above listings are just an appetizer to complement a full menu of events throughout the summer to be held at the Academy as well as other venues in the community. To view the complete menu of events go to the Academy's website: or order tickets by phone 805 969-8787.

As a final note of importance about the Music Academy of the West....The Rack is a wonderful little shop on the grounds, featuring gently used women's wear. Lots of designer items, furs, and evening clothes. Next to The Rack is The Treasure House, another little shop filled with antiques, brick-a-brack, sterling, dishware, and many treasures. Both are staffed by Volunteers and stuffed with goodies. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11-3.

You heard it here! If you want to have an adventure filled summer in the American Riviera on a modest budget for a day, a weekend or a lifetime, tune in again for my next post on one of Santa Barbara's Treasure's...Lotusland!
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