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Tom Jacobs

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Timely Tales from Shakespeare and Shaw

New York City–Based Bedlam Brings Resonant Classics to UCSB

New York City–based Bedlam brings ‘Saint Joan’ and ‘Hamlet’ to UCSB April 19-20.

Opera Singer Julia Bullock Finds Her Voice

Acclaimed Young Soprano Sings Music by and for Powerful Women

In her area recital debut, the acclaimed young soprano sings music by and for powerful women.

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Opera Singer Julia Bullock Finds Her Voice

Acclaimed Young Soprano Sings Music by and for Powerful Women

In her area recital debut, the acclaimed young soprano sings music by and for powerful women.

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Robert Sapolsky Breaks Down the Biology of Tribalism

His New Book, ‘Behave,’ Examines Why We’re Hardwired for Us/Them Dichotomies

His new book, ‘Behave,’ examines why we’re hardwired for us/them dichotomies

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Two Operas Hit the Stage: ‘The Barber of Seville’ and ‘Die Fledermaus’

Opera S.B. Presents Rossini’s Classic; Westmont Offers Up Strauss’s Masterpiece

Santa Barbara will be treated to a couple of classic comic capers when Opera Santa Barbara presents Rossini’s classic and Westmont offers up Strauss’s masterpiece.

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‘Buyer & Cellar’ Gives Audience a Peek at Barbra Streisand’s Private Mall

Jonathan Tolins’s Play Is Delightful Show One-Man Show

Jonathan Tolins’s play raises interesting questions about the creative ways we attempt to control our environment and the fine line between befriending another person and using them.

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Tense Times Call for Powerful Percussion

L.A. Phil’s Joseph Pereira Discusses His New, Anxiety-Inspired Concerto

L.A. Phil’s Joseph Pereira discusses his new anxiety-inspired concerto.

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György Ligeti Classical Music Mini-Festival

UCSB Music Theorist Ben Levy Talks Composer’s Importance

UCSB music theorist Ben Levy, author of ‘Metamorphosis in Music,’ talks about the composer’s influence.

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CAMA Presents Juilliard Quartet

Astrid Schween Breaks Gender Barrier

Cellist Astrid Schween breaks gender barrier, one note at a time.

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‘Taking Sides’’s Dorm-Room Debate

Solid Performances Don’t Elevate Prosaic Play

For all its talk of artistic transcendence, the play is disappointingly prosaic.

Soft Sounds of the Chicago Symphony

World-Class Orchestra Masters Art of Intimate Playing

Principal clarinetist Stephen Williamson reports the world-class orchestra has mastered the art of intimate playing.

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Eddie Izzard Stops in Town on Book Tour

Comedian Talks About Memoir ‘Believe Me’

The British comedian shares intimate stories of his life with Granada audience.

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‘Incognito’: Ambitious Play of Ideas

Nick Payne’s Play Makes West Coast Premiere

Nick Payne’s play makes its West Coast premiere.

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‘The Elixir of Love’

The Music Academy of the West Presents a Distinguished Duo Doing Donizetti

The Music Academy of the West presents a distinguished duo doing Donizetti.

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The Other Mozart at the Rubicon

Playwright/Actress Sylvia Milo Brings Nannerl to Life

Playwright/actress Sylvia Milo brings Wolfgang’s sister Nannerl to life.

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle

UCSB Stages Bertolt Brecht’s Celebrated Play

UCSB stages Bertolt Brecht’s celebrated play.

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Rubicon Theatre’s Socially Conscious Music Fest

Troubled Times Call for Truth-Telling Troubadours

Rubicon Theatre salutes the art of politically aware songwriters in a weeklong festival.

CAMA Presents L.A. Philharmonic

Mezzo Soprano Sings Mahler

Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung sings Mahler with the orchestra.

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Camerata Pacifica Concert for Trump Era

Chamber Music Ensemble Performs Old and New Works with Political Overtones

The chamber music ensemble performs old and new works with political overtones.

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Dennis Russell Davies: An American in Austria

Conductor Comes to S.B. with His Linz-Based Orchestra

The conductor returns to his native country with his Linz-based orchestra.

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‘Gulf View Drive’ at Rubicon Theatre

Third Play in Nibroc Trilogy Runs Jan. 28-Feb. 12.

The last installment of the Nibroc trilogy runs January 28-February 12.

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Rubicon Theatre Presents Sondheim

Composer’s Masterpiece Rolls into Ventura

The stage composer’s masterpiece rolls into Ventura.

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Lit Moon Tackles Tennessee Williams

John Blondell Brings ‘The Glass Menagerie’ to Westmont Stage

John Blondell brings ‘The Glass Menagerie’ to the Westmont stage.

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MAW Presents ‘The Bartered Bride’

Opera Brings Lovers, Liars, and Clowns to the Stage

Bedřich Smetana’s opera brings lovers, liars, and clowns to the stage.

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Matthew Aucoin Summers at MAW

For the Composer and Conductor, Writing Music Is Second Nature

For the New York–based composer/conductor, writing music is second nature.

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Yuja Wang Gets Serious

Pianist Wang to Perform at Granada on Monday, May 2

Pianist Wang to Perform at Granada on Monday, May 2

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Rubicon Theatre Tackles ‘eXtras’

Latest Offering, Seen April 16, Is Timely and Highly Entertaining

Latest offering is timely and highly entertaining.

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Jennifer Koh to Play Hahn Hall

Virtuoso Violinist Expands Repertoire with New Compositions

The virtuoso violinist expands her repertoire with new compositions.

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Rising Star Pianist Daniil Trifonov

25-Year-Old Russian Composer/Musician Comes to S.B.

CAMA brings 25-year-old Russian composer/musician to S.B.

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‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ at Rubicon

Jethro Compton’s Play a Compelling Piece of Theater

Jethro Compton’s play is a compelling, even urgent piece of theater.

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John Blondell Stages Classic Love Story

Director Presents Two Takes of Dido and Aeneas

The director presents two takes on the Dido and Aeneas story.

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‘See Rock City’ Opens at the Rubicon

The Play Evokes a Bygone Era, Minus the Sentimentality

The play — a sequel to ‘Last Train to Nibroc’ — evokes a bygone era minus the sentimentality.

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The London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Comes to S.B.

Legendary Violinist Pinchas Zukerman to Perform and Conduct

The legendary musician Pinchas Zukerman will perform with and conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Granada January 19.

All Rubicon’s ‘My Fair Lady’ Wants is a Larger Stage

Nuanced Performances Restricted By Small Space

Nuanced performances restricted by Rubicon’s small space.

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‘Copenhagen’ Probes Moral Qualms of Atomic Bomb

Tony Award–Winning Play’s Speculative Look at the 1941 Meeting of Physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg

This Tony Award-winning play takes a speculative look at the 1941 meeting of physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg.

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Developing Drama at Ojai Playwrights Conference

This Year’s Four-Day Fest Tackles Social Issues, Obscenity-Spouting Sock Puppets

This year’s four-day fest tackles social issues and obscenity-spouting sock puppets.

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The Ojai Music Festival 2015

The Four-Day Event Takes Place June 10-14

The four-day event celebrates its 69th birthday June 10-14 in Libbey Park.

Review: Last Train to Nibroc

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents a Play by Arlene Hutton set in the 1940s.

Lily Nicksay and Erik Odom star in this unpretentious poetic tale about two people who meet on a train during WWII.

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Schubert’s Journey Inward

Tenor Ian Bostridge Deconstructs the Composer’s <em>Winterreise</em>

English tenor Ian Bostridge deconstructs the composer’s Winterreise in his new book.

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Review: London Symphony Orchestra at the Granada Theatre

CAMA Sponsored a Spectacular Return to S.B. on March 25

CAMA sponsored this spectacular and long-awaited return performance on Wednesday, March 25.

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Review: Jack Lemmon Returns at Rubicon Theatre

A Son Recalls and Forgives His Famous Father

In this one-man play, Chris Lemmon recalls and forgives his famous father.

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Westmont, UCSB Theater Go Into the Woods and the Water

<em>In the Red and Brown Water</em>, <em>The Insect Comedy</em> Premiere on February 27

Two plays opening this weekend — one classic, one contemporary — use creative techniques to ask fundamental questions

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Review: The Last Five Years at the Rubicon Theatre

Popular Musical Gets a Heartbreaking Production in Ventura

The popular musical about a couple coming together and drifting apart plays in Ventura through February 15.

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Worth the Drive: Blithe Spirit at the Ahmanson Theater

Angela Lansbury Lifts Delightful but Disturbing Los Angeles Production

Angela Lansbury shines in this delightful but disturbing new play, which is up through January 18.

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For Audra McDonald, Singing Is Acting, and Vice Versa

Arts & Lectures Presents the Grammy, Tony Winner on December 7 WT: UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the repeat Grammy

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the repeat Grammy and Tony Award winner at the Granada Theatre on December 7.

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Four Centuries In, King Lear Remains Astonishingly Pertinent

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Returns to UCSB’s Campbell Hall

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre returns to UCSB’s Campbell Hall on November 20 and 21.

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Charlie Albright Is Taking Requests

Pianist Swings by the Music Academy on October 15

Pianist Charlie Albright views recitals as a dialogue with his listeners.

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Review: Conviction at the Rubicon Theatre

Carey Crim's New Drama Feels Stubbornly Old-Fashioned. On Wednesday, September 10.

The odd thing about Carey Crim’s new drama is how stubbornly old-fashioned it feels.

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Review: The Cherry Orchard at Porter Theatre

Lit Moon Theatre Company Showed its Chops on September 4

Lit Moon did a stunning job with this take on the play by Anton Chekhov.

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Camerata Pacifica Turns 25

Composer John Harbison World Premieres His String Trio

Camerata Pacific celebrates its 25th season with a new trio by a major American composer

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