Meet Buoso Donati: i limoni in limonata.

Author Brooks Firestone

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Philanthropist, author, winery founder and former California State Assemblyman Brooks Firestone had the winning bid for the chance to play a role in Opera Santa Barbara’s upcoming production of Puccini’s “Giannin Schicchi.” What he didn’t know was he’d won the role of Buoso Donati, a corpse! Always one to look…

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They could Handel it

Santa Barbara Choral Society - Handel's "Messiah" 3/19/16 Hahn Hall MAW © David Bazemore

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Handel’s Messiah, usually appearing at Christmas time, was given a rousing performance by the Santa Barbara Choral Society in the sonic heaven of the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall last weekend, true to the date of the piece’s Dublin Easter premiere on April 2, 1742. Conducted with verve by Artistic…

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Want a Danish?

UCSB Arts & Lectures - Danish String Quartet outreach 2/29/16 Santa Barbara Junior High © David Bazemore

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String Quartet that is. Band & orchestra students at Santa Barbara Junior High were treated to a visit from the Danish String Quartet who played a couple of really, really beautiful arrangements of Danish folk songs, and then got to ask questions, the most burning of which was “How much…

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