Introducing Janet McCann

Spotlight on Lobero Theatre Associates president Janet McCann

The lovely Janet McCann returns as the Lobero Theatre Associates president this fall.

Janet-and-John-McCann_thumbIf you haven’t met Janet, you can’t help but be charmed by her energy and passion. Since joining the Associates back in 1990, Janet has enjoyed her tenure as both a mini- and an active- member. She’s retaking the reins as president after serving one year in 2003, and will be focusing on engaging new members.

Janet and her husband John love the size and intimacy of the hall, and are currently looking forward to seeing Tierney Sutton on December 9. She is always proud to hear the artists announce from stage that the Lobero is their favorite theatre.

“Being an Associate is a fun and easy way to support the Lobero—which brings the arts to so many children. I would love to see as many women as possible come together to support the theatre.”

Learn more about this dynamic group of ladies here, or better yet, become a member!

Artists and Fans Agree

The Highbrow Lowdown from Executive Director, David Asbell

I’m always happy to hear that artists love the Lobero as much as we do. It was very affirming to travel back through all the photos of Jazz artists over the last 15 years to see that many of them have terrific things to say about the Lobero Theatre. When I get to speak with these talented artists backstage about how much they’ve enjoyed their experience and how they’d love to return, it reminds me of all the reasons we’ve decided to dedicate ourselves to this theatre.

We at the Lobero Theatre work hard behind the scenes so that musicians, dancers, actors, technicians and promoters can put on the best shows they can. We try our best to deliver an experience for those who attend and those who perform.

We still need help from you–our patrons, supporters and friends–to guarantee we can keep up with our mission to preserve and maintain the Lobero Theatre and facilitate the finest in the performing arts. I can guarantee that there is a way to support the Lobero that will line up with something that you’re passionate about. If you have an ear or an interest in jazz, become a Brubeck Circle member. If you want to keep seeing kids get up onstage and realize their dreams, then you can support our vibrant youth programs. You can leave your mark by naming a seat in our auditorium, or leave a lasting impression by contributing to the Lobero’s Endowment fund. If you would rather roll up your sleeves and spend your time to support the theatre, then maybe you should consider volunteering as an usher, or becoming a Lobero Theatre Associate.

There are so many facets to this great organization, and BACKSTAGE works to spotlight them all in each issue. Start by perusing this years’ annual report, and then read on about all the people and programs that make the Lobero sing.

As we get ready to raise the curtain on another season, just look at all the amazing events coming up. We’re looking forward to the return of the LOL Comedy Festival, another insightful evening with Pico Iyer, a benefit event with Michael McDonald, and new and inspiring seasons from CAMA’s Masterseries and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Plus, Lobero LIVE is thrilled to be presenting The Milk Carton Kids, Dorado Schmitt and Tierney Sutton – all return performances. In fact, many of the performers you’ll see this fall return again and again to this honored hall. (Just as we hope you will too.)

Don’t be a stranger,

David Asbell
Executive Director

BACKSTAGE at the Lobero

Enjoy the newest edition of BACKSTAGE at the Lobero

  • Mark your calendar; here’s the list of upcoming events all season (p 32)
  • View the Lobero Theatre Foundation’s annual report (p 5)
  • Hear what’s coming up from the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony (p 41)
  • Chat with architect Jeff Shelton about his work on the Lobero’s courtyard tent (p 43)
  • Meet Lobero Associates’ president Janet McCann – see what she has planned this year (p 17)
  • Plus, more inside!

From all of us at the Lobero Theatre Foundation, we hope you enjoy the newest installment of BACKSTAGE at the Lobero.

We hope to see you at the theatre soon.

Catching up on the Summer Festival

What you should know About the Music Academy of the West

We showcased the Music Academy of the West in our last issue of BACKSTAGE at the Lobero, and now that the Music Academy’s Summer Festival is underway (with many shows at the Lobero Theatre), we thought we’s revisit highlights from our conversation with Communications Manager Tim Dougherty.

Herewith: a few words about this venerable institution of classical music.

Tell us a little bit about the Music Academy of the West.

The Music Academy was founded in 1947 by a group of Southern California arts patrons and musicians, including the legendary soprano Lotte Lehmann and the famed conductor Otto Klemperer. After initially setting up shop at Cate School in Carpinteria, the Music Academy relocated to its current home, the former estate of John Percival Jefferson, in 1951. Our principal programmatic offering is an eight-week Summer Festival, during which the Music Academy presents some 200 public events including orchestra concerts, chamber recitals, and a fully staged opera. This year’s festival dates are June 15 to August 8. The Music Academy also presents Metropolitan Opera simulcasts in Hahn Hall throughout the year. Our year-round staff currently numbers 22, though we add a considerable number of seasonal staff each summer.

What does an organization like the Music Academy look for when choosing a space to perform?

We generally look for venues that promise an optimal experience for patrons and performers alike. We want to provide our patrons with comfortable seating and generous sightlines, and we want to provide our performers with first-rate facilities. Of course, sound quality is a top concern for all involved. The Lobero delivers on all counts.

How long has the Music Academy been performing at the Lobero Theatre?

The Music Academy’s association with the Lobero Theatre extends back to the year of our founding, 1947. In fact, I believe the first event the Academy presented at The Lobero was a recital featuring none other than Lotte Lehmann in July of that year.

How was your experience last summer during your festival, and what do you think of the newly renovated Lobero?

We enjoyed an immensely successful 2014 season, and are very pleased with the new and improved Lobero. Our patrons especially like the roomier seats.

What’s coming up from the Music Academy this season?

The Music Academy will present a new production of Gioachino Rossini’s wonderful comic opera Cinderella at the Granada Theatre on July 30 and August 1. David Paul, who helmed the last three Academy opera productions, will again serve as stage director. The coming season’s guest conductors will include the effervescent Nicholas McGegan, who will perform at The Lobero.

See all the upcoming Music Academy Events at the Lobero Theatre, here.

Read the full story as it appeared in BACKSTAGE, here.

King Sunny Ade Cancelled

KING SUNNY ADE & HIS AFRICAN BEATS ON JULY 17 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO VISA ISSUES.

Earlier today, the Lobero received word from King Sunny Ade’s management regarding this development:

Today we deeply regret to report that King Sunny Ade & his African Beats concert planned for July 17 has been cancelled. Due to a worldwide computer system breakdown within The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, US Consulates have been unable to issue visas. The State Department has provided no specific timeline as to when this problem will be corrected. Once it is fixed, priority will be given to medical and humanitarian cases only. Performers and artists will not be given priority. This is a worldwide problem, not specific to only a few consulates, and affecting both immigrant and non-immigrant processing.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding this unfortunate situation, we are forced to announce the cancellation of King Sunny Ade’s remaining tour dates in both the US and Canada.

The State Department has posted this recent update here.

We apologize for any inconvenience surrounding this issue.

Refunds will be issued automatically for any credit card sales.

Please contact the Lobero box office at 805.963.0761 if payment was made in cash, or if you have any questions regarding your purchase.

#Culture101

Santa Barbara: California’s most cultured coast.

Isn’t that a great way to sum it up? (Of course, we’re biased.)

The Lobero is proud to be part of such a fabulous and diverse group of arts organizations — performing arts, visual arts and otherwise, and we had a blast learning more about the social media efforts to promote our cultural wares taking place over at Visit Santa Barbara.

culture-in-santa-barbara-part-ii-7-400x600culture-in-santa-barbara-part-ii-6-400x600Back in April, a few fun and influential social media pros came to town to see what Santa Barbara had to offer their followers. The Lobero was chosen as one of the stops along the way for Jessica Doll, aka TeamWiking.com / @teamwiking came by the theatre for a behind-the-scenes tour of the auditorium, and got to see the stage and ghostlight in a quiet moment. (That’s a portion of one of her gorgeous photos at the top of this post.)

Afterward, we got to enjoy a tour and wine-tasting in the Presidio Neighborhood–of which, the Lobero is a member–with some of the other visiting social media pros. Wayne and Pat Dunlap have traveled extensively and run a hugely popular travel blog. (here’s their Santa Barbara post) They would make for amazing dinner guests, and their travel knowledge has been well documented. Meeting Ted Nguyen was also a treat, as this guy really knows what he’s talking about when it comes to social media, and was a lot of fun to spend an afternoon with as we sipped wine and chatted about travel and social media.

Check out the posts generated from this busy afternoon:

and even better, follow the #Culture101 hashtag on twitter; the hits keep on coming in.

It was great getting to know the folks-in-the-know when it comes to travel and social media. Thanks to Visit Santa Barbara for coordinating and for including us.

Also, if you’re not already following us in our social efforts, what are you waiting for? We’re busy posting almost every day.

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Ask Me Another

Just before his hit AMC show “Mad Men” comes to a close, show creator Mathew Weiner sits in the hot seat as VIP (Very Important Puzzler) for this week’s episode of “Ask Me Another” – presented by KCLU & recorded at the Lobero Theatre.

In addition to the VIP segment, KCLU listeners and contestants were challenged with run rounds of trivia, word games and puzzles. This note from the program sums it up: Warning: Impersonations, puns, math, cover songs, singing and dancing are all involved in this process! Be sure to listen carefully for some celebrity voices straight from the show in this segment.

Mad Men has earned Mr. Weiner seven Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, a Peabody and more. Listen to the story here, or below, as you prepare yourself for the series finale on Sunday.

Catch the full episode recorded at the Lobero Theatre when it airs on Sunday, May 17 & Monday, May 18 on KCLU, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM

PS, we love this photo of Matthew Weiner and Ophira Eisenberg taken in the Lobero’s Greenroom.

*Image and story originally posted here: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/14/406467009/matthew-weiner-no-longer-lindas-loser-husband

Charles Lloyd, Jazz Master

This week’s Independent cover story highlights Charles Lloyd, a giant of jazz, and one of the Lobero’s most celebrated alum.

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Charles Lloyd has recently been honored by as an NEA Jazz Master–the “highest honor that our nation bestows on jazz artists.” Recently celebrating his 75th birthday, Charles Lloyd is more vital than ever—regularly playing in different ensembles made up of some of the most innovative players in jazz. Lloyd’s supreme improvisational talents and passion for cross-pollinating jazz with rock as well as non-Western styles of music during the ‘60s and ‘70s established him as one of the key figures in the development of fusion and world music.

After a stint curating a few nights at SFJAZZ, Charles returns to the Lobero with longtime friends and collaborators on April 28 for a very special performance with guitarists Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz, Eric Harland on drums and Reuben Rogers on bass. There are still a few seats remaining for this can’t-miss concert.

“I like playing here at home,” said Lloyd of his upcoming show. “The people who are inviting us — they care. It’s like that.”

Head on over to Independent.com and read the full story for a thoughtful and intimate look at one of the most prolific musicians around today.

 

 

 

Remembering Al Pizano

Alberto Paul Pizano
January 8, 1931 – March 19, 2015

Dedicated Community Advocate and Volunteer

Santa Barbara lost a tireless advocate for education and the cultural arts in the passing of Alberto Pizano. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Pizano’s vast contributions to the communities where he lived can be seen through the many leadership positions he held in local and regional organizations over the course of his lifetime.

Pizano made a name for himself by co-founding and/or leading a plethora of community organizations in Santa Barbara, including the Flamenco Arts Festival, Mariachi Festival, Public Education Foundation, United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Business Council, Santa Barbara Latinos for Better Government, and Old Spanish Days Fiesta, for which he served as El Presidente in 1987. We invite you to read the full Memoriam to learn more about all of Al’s many accomplishments.

Pizano was also a Lobero Theatre Foundation Board member, and a valued member of our Lobero Family.

Pizano is survived by his wife Lillian of 65 years; his daughters Vibiana Pizano Smith and Sonia Pizano- Bellotti; grandchildren Pablo Pizano Smith and Jaclyn Pizano Smith; and sons-in-law Brian Smith and Philip Bellotti.  He is predeceased by his two sons, Paul Pizano and Michael Pizano.

A funeral mass will be held at Old Mission Santa Barbara, 2201 Laguna Street, on Friday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. Internment at Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel drive. A reception will take place at the Montecito Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care at 509 East Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or www.vnhcsb.org/donate.

BACKSTAGE Spring 2015

BACKSTAGE AT THE LOBERO is the Lobero Theatre’s bi-annual magazine detailing all the action taking place behind-the-scenes of this historic hall.

From all of us at the Lobero Theatre Foundation, we hope you enjoy the newest installment of BACKSTAGE at the Lobero, and we hope to see you at the theatre soon.

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