Let’s dance

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Santa Barbara Dance Institute’s mission is “to inspire children to realize their true potential by motivating them to believe in themselves, be responsible, and develop a personal standard of excellence.” A lofty goal which yeilds some big results – a decrease in school violence and real academic improvements, as well as more…

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Doing Women’s Work

State Street Ballet - "Anne's Window" by Cecily Stewart 5/14/16 New Vic Theatre

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Women’s work is never finished, but some was definitely “done” at the New Vic Theatre when State Street Ballet presented an eclectic program of works by 5 women choreographers. Beginning with “Vista,”a classically grounded ensemble and pas de deux by Sophie Monat set to Bach and ending with a theater/dance work “Anne’s Window” by Cecily…

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May flowers

Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

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I know, we didn’t get much rain (any?) in April, but aural flowers bloomed on stage May 13 at Hahn Hall in the form of Samuel Barber’s String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70, and Elgar’s Quintet in A minor for Piano & Strings,…

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These genes were tight

CAMA Santa Barbara - Misha Maisky accompanied by Lily ably assisted by her 1/2 brother Maxim 5/12/16 Lobero Theatre

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Hailing from Belgium, super-cellist Mischa Maisky came to the Lobero for a long overdue Santa Barbara debut accompanied by pianist daughter Lily with her 11 year old half-brother Maxim as page-turner (who showed he knows a thing or two about music too). Musically, it was a rich and varied evening of Beethoven, Piazzola and Britten,…

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