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Seven Decade Old South Coast Classical Music Festival Back With In-Person Performances For First Time Since Pandemic

The Music Academy Of The West Chamber Orchestra rehearsing at Santa Barbara's Granada Theater
(KCLU photo)
The Music Academy Of The West Chamber Orchestra rehearsing at Santa Barbara's Granada Theater

More than 100 music fellows from around world in Montecito for Music Academy Of The West Summer Festival

It’s something South Coast audiences haven’t been able to enjoy for a year and a half, due to the pandemic. Live, in person classical music events are back in the region.

The state reopened from the pandemic just in time for the Montecito-based Music Academy Of The West to hold its 74th Summer School and Festival. More than 100 of the world’s top young musicians are here to learn, and perform.

Jamie Bromas is the Music Academy of the West’s Chief Artistic Officer.

She says the festival was done virtually last year due to the pandemic, and because of the time needed to plan, some events will be back online this year. But, there’s a huge in-person series of events, like live concerts by the Music Academy’s Chamber Orchestra at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater.

Claire Satchwell is one of the fellows taking part in this year’s Summer Festival. She says it's amazing to see audiences again after more than a year of virtual performances.

Unlike most of the fellows who travelled from around the world, or across the country to be a part of the festival, she’s back home. Satchwell is from Solvang. She says being selected to be one of the fellows is amazing, because some of the world's leading classical musicians and mentors serve as mentors.

Bromas says it’s a little emotional to once again be able to see music live, and in person.

And, the beauty of the festival for music lovers in the region is the chance to see, and hear some top notch young musicians, as well as their accomplished mentors perform in person.

The festival runs through August 14th. There are master classes and concerts at the Music Academy campus in Montecito, and at the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara. To make the events accessible to the community, there are a number of ten dollar tickets available.

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Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.