Yuja Wang’s sublime side shone

UCSB Arts & Lectures presented Yuja Wang at the Granada Theatre 5/2/16

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At the Granada Theatre a week ago today, this young pianist of uncommon talent, using prodigious technique and impeccable taste, went from subtle and lyrical to exhilarating yet precisely measured, never veering into excess, while keeping you on the edge of your seat. A bravura and very satisfying performance!

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Wild men in the Lobero

Wild man Garland Jeffreys gives it everything he's got 4/27/16 Lobero Theatre

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Billed as an epic face-off, the Chuck Prophet and Garland Jeffreys show was definitely an evening of high-energy rock’n and rooollin’ good times. This Sings Like Hell (what is it, number 300?) show started off with a set by long-time Prophet collaborator and big-talent-in-her-own-right Stephanie Finch. Then things kicked up…

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Nuns such and fools aplenty

Opera Santa Barbara's "Suor Angelica" 4/20/16 Granada Theatre

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Opera Santa Barbara’s triumphant finale to their 2015 – 2016 Season was a two-punch knockout. Starting with more nuns than you could shake a censer at, and the heart-rending downfall of Sister Suor Angelica, transcendently sung by Maria Kanyova. “Gianni Schicchi” lightened things up considerably after the intermission. It made for…

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Heart like a wheel

"A Conversation with Linda Ronstadt" 4/21/16 Lobero Theatre

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Linda Ronstadt’s music and career make a pretty compelling subject for a show, even more so when Linda Ronstadt is the one telling the story. For about 70 minutes she held the audience at the Lobero Theatre spellbound and loving it as she recounted her life, with a slideshow, snippets from her…

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