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 & 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.
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.
Back 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:
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.
This week’s Independent cover story highlights Charles Lloyd, a giant of jazz, and one of the Lobero’s most celebrated alum.
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.
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.
The Lobero Theatre: Newly Refurbished, bolder sound and history in between
Guest post by Emily Solomon
Whether you’re a native Santa Barbarian or you haven’t been in this beautiful paradise for very long, it’s likely you have seen at least one show at the Lobero Theatre. It’s hard not to get addicted to the intimate atmosphere the theater provides, bringing anyone who crosses its path that much closer to the magic of live entertainment. After 140 years of award-winning performances, the recent “Encore: Lobero” preservation work of the Lobero Theatre has proved that the music truly still lives on in this historic landmark.
“Fantastic restoration of the theater. Thanks so much for preserving history for all to enjoy.”
In 2013, with the compassion and desire of board members and generous contributions from the Santa Barbara community, the renewal of the Lobero Theatre was ready to begin. This construction project was no small task. Because the theater has been around since 1873, it’s a historical landmark. The Foundation design team worked diligently with the Historic Landmarks Commission, historians and archivists to ensure that the changes to the Lobero Theatre would keep with the architectural integrity of the original theater. The Lobero Theatre was going to get a much-needed facelift with the following end goals: new seats, ceiling preservation work, interior painting, improved air flow, expanded restrooms and ADA compliance upgrades throughout.
“The Lobero is one of Santa Barbara’s crown jewels! I wanted to cry when I first saw what you have done for this beloved venue! Excellent work you guys!”
Today, every patron that walks through the beautiful Lobero Theatre is able to enjoy new, comfortable seats, a heating and air conditioning system that have improved airflow within the theater immensely. Restrooms have also been enlarged to meet today’s accessibility requirements. The theater is now equipped with eight wheelchair spaces and areas for companion seating. For hearing impaired patrons, the auditorium is now wired with Hearing Loop technology, allowing patrons wearing hearing aids to adjust their devices to amplify the sound to their comfort.
“Your new seats are sooo comfy!”
This is truly what makes supporters of the Lobero so special. No matter what walk of life you are, we all have the right to hear and appreciate the art of live performance. The Santa Barbara community understands that through and through.
The outside of the building has also undergone necessary changes too. The walkway to the main entry is now equipped with a compliant ramp and level landings at the top and bottom. The area where many people enjoy mingling on before and after shows, was redone to create a level area for patrons to gather safely. The Paseo at the side of the theater was re-paved with brick and a new ramp leading to the Green Room stairs,a nd side steps have been put in place to meet code.
“Beautiful historic feel, love the attention to detail.”
If you haven’t gotten the chance to experience the new and improved theater, there are some huge acts to check out. See for yourself why the Lobero Theatre is where the fantasy world of music lovers comes to life.
Read more audience comments:
“I love the Lobero. Wonderful facelift. Every time I am here, I feel the spirits. The place just resonates with wonderful energy.”
The Lobero is the perfect size. Not too big, not too small. Perfect for a Tierney Sutton concert!!
Great remodel, especially the ‘loos!
I used to dance on the Lobero stage as a young girl. Fond memories and still my favorite theatre.
My family appreciates the theatre donating tickets to senior living facilities; my dad is able to participate in that.
Still the best musical venue in Santa Barbara.
You do a wonderful job of enriching my life and the lives in our community.
My first visit, but it’s beautiful! I love the seats and ceiling!
Just the right size venue. Every seat is a good seat. Beautiful interior, comfortable new seats and newly enlarged men’s restroom. Small town location and ‘feel.’
While the mission may be our Queen, the Lobero is definitely our Princess. So proud of our town and how the Lobero is this beautiful jewel in our crown.
How wonderful to see that the Lobero is still the fantastic, vibrant venue I remember! Kudos to all involved in preserving and enhancing of this fabulous theatre.
I moved here from Chicago a year and a half ago. I have seen amazing dance, music and films here. Thank you for all the wonderful events that help make me feel a part of the community.
Emily Solomon, Go-Content
Author Bio: Emily Solomon is no stranger to the Lobero Theatre. She recalls dancing in the theater during her early teenage years. While she spends most of her time writing content for local Santa Barbara businesses and for online publications, she always manages to escape to her favorite music venue to hear her favorite tunes and discover new artists to love. Emily is a graduate of Emerson College with a degree in Writing and Publishing. She currently runs an online content business called, Go-Content. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Come one, come all to It’s Magic!
Santa Barbara’s Favorite Annual Magic show.
Feast your eyes on the quick slide-of-hand or sit on the edge of your seat as you watch samurai swords being juggled two or even three at a time. You won’t be able to take your gaze off the stage, trying to figure out the illusionist’s next move, while wondering how humanly possible the stunts are that continue to roll out throughout the show. This family show has something for everyone from dancing, big illusions, acrobatics, comedy, fire tricks and more.
It’s Magic!is America’s longest-running magic revue with 50 years of jaw-dropping entertainment under its belt. It once again graces the Lobero stage for TWO performances on Sunday, February 15. The show features a new line-up every year of world-renowned magicians including two-time “Stage Magician of the Year,” Danny Cole, “Best female Magician,” Mystina, star of the FOX show The Great Magic of Las Vegas,Tom Ogden, national and international “Master of Illusions,” Garry Carson and “juggling genius,” Dan Raspyni. Many of these stars have been in their own Vegas variety shows or featured on The Tonight Show, NBC and FOX.
The tale of It’s Magic! begins with two young entrepreneurs, Milt Larsen and Oliver Berliner, in 1956. The first showing was at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles, a 1300 seat venue. The show continued to grow, proving that Magic was indeed still alive and well in America. Eventually, Larsen had the idea to form a full-time private club for magicians and magic enthusiasts that would later be called the Magic Castle. Today, his creation of the Magic Castle has housed top performers including Lance Burton, Harry Anderson and Jeff McBride to name a few.
After 30 years of successful show runs, Larsen thought it was time to hang up the ol’ It’s Magic! top hat. It wasn’t until 1994 when Terry Hill, longtime member of the Magic Castle, suggested to Larsen that they reopen It’s Magic! to venues for all-ages so that anyone and everyone could experience a full evening of family fun. The show opened up again to rave reviews at the newly restored Alex Theater in Glendale, California, and expanded the show into other theaters around the country. Each year, a new show destination is added, allowing the art of magic to live on and thrive.
It’s Magic!appears at the Lobero Theatre on February 15 for two performances. Get your tickets by clicking here, or by calling the box office at 805.963.0761.