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        --Tracy Harris, Yamaha International Performing Artist and Clinician


Season Announcement


Upcoming Events

On Saturday, October 11, the SANTA BARBARA MUSIC CLUB will present the first program in its popular series of concerts of beautiful Classical music at Faulkner Gallery in the downtown Public Library.

One of the highlights of Santa Barbara Music Club's concerts is the opportunity for audiences to hear great music from a variety of historical periods, with a diversity of musical forms, performed by excellent artists. This opening concert is a special one, featuring violin and piano works of internationally acclaimed composer Emma Lou Diemer, performed by Diemer on piano with virtuoso violinist Philip Ficsor. Of her compositional style, Dr. Diemer states that she "does not subscribe to any particular school of composition: I like the element of chance in composing and like to feel I'm not bound by a certain set of rules. I can make my own rules and I always do ... Any successful composer uses both intuitive and analytical thought."

The concert opens with Diemer's stunning Sonata, comprised of four movements: "Prelude," composed in 2014, "Scherzo," "Pastorale," and "Finale," with the latter three movements composed in 1949. Next, the duo performs Going Away," (2013), a composition replete with emotional fervor.

Diemer's Concerto, composed in 2012 and dedicated to Dr. Ficsor, was originally scored for violin and orchestra, but here presented with Dr. Diemer performing her piano transcription of the orchestral part. The work is in four movements, entitled "A Little Parlour Music (After Poulenc)", "Remembrance of Things Past," "Santa Barbara Rag," and "John Adams Light," and as is typical with the composer, the titles provide fascinating insight into the character of each movement.

EMMA LOU DIEMER, composer, pianist, and organist, received degrees in composition from Yale School of Music (BM, MM) and Eastman School of Music (PhD). Her music has been published since 1957, and encompasses many mediums, from choral works and hymns to solo, chamber music and orchestral music. A number of her chamber, vocal, and orchestral works have been recorded on labels including Albany Records, Contemporary Record Society, Leonarda, MMC Recordings, and Vienna Modern Masters. Professor Emeritus at UCSB, Dr. Diemer has been Composer-in-Residence with the Santa Barbara Symphony; the orchestra has performed six of her works, including a Piano Concerto which won a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award. Other honors accorded her include awards from the American Guild of Organists (1995 Composer of the Year), ASCAP (annually since 1962), Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. An active keyboard performer (piano, organ, harpsichord, synthesizer), she has recently given concerts of her own music at Washington National Cathedral, St. Mary's Cathedral and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

PHILIP FICSOR, violinist, earned BM and MM Degrees from the University of Michigan, studying with Stephen Shipps, an MM Degree from Yale University, studying with Erick Friedman, and a DMA Degree from Boston University, studying with Lynn Chang. He is a member of the violin-piano duo American Double, with pianist Constantine Finehouse, and they have toured across the U.S. and Europe. An enthusiastic advocate for contemporary American composers, his dissertation analyzed performance aspects of the works for violin and piano of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, and the duo released the first recording of The Complete Works for Violin and Piano of William Bolcom, which has been highly acclaimed. He recently released his third recording, Summer Day: The Complete Works for Violin and Piano of Emma Lou Diemer, with the composer at the keyboard, and in the Fall of 2012 he collaborated with the Westmont College Orchestra to premiere Emma Lou Diemer's Violin Concerto, composed for him. Dr. Ficsor was Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Westmont College from 2006-2013, and is an editorial advisor for William Bolcom's works with E. B. Marks/Hal Leonard Corporation.

Items of Interest

SBMC June 2014 Newsletter