Al Fresco “Summer Serenade” Concerts at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Continue on Fridays July 22 & 29
July 22: Local Singer-Songwriters, July 29: Love Songs with Members of the Channel Island Chamber Orchestra
Santa Barbara, Calif. – July 18, 2022 – Evenings of music outdoors at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden continue with Summer Serenade Series concerts on Friday July 22 and Friday, July 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Seating is on the Island View lawn outside the Pritzlaff Conservation Center and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics. Leashed dogs are also – and always – allowed at the Garden. The series began on July 15 and featured local poets, including a former Santa Barbara poet laurate, and local solo musicians.
Tickets for each show are available online at $25 for adults, and $10 for youth (3-12 years old). To purchase tickets, see links below.
July 22: Three Local Singer-Songwriters
This concert features a musical showcase, also curated by Galavant, which features three local singer-songwriters Ben Catch, Carly Powers, and Conner Cherland.
- Benjamin Catch is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter born and raised in Santa Barbara. Musically, he is inspired by nature and seeks to “capture feelings of wonder, reverence, and youthful optimism” in his original music.
- Carly Powers is a singer-songwriter from Goleta who has been singing and performing in bands for almost 15 years. She is also a member of local folk duo the Brambles.
- Conner Cherland performs a blend of styles from Americana, folk, and indie rock combined with live guitar looping, foot percussion, and carefully chosen lyrics.
July 29: “Love Songs Both Sad and Ecstatic” with members of the Channel Island Chamber Orchestra
An evening of “love songs both sad and ecstatic” is presented in partnership with the Channel Island Chamber Orchestra and features the orchestra’s clarinetist David Singer, pianist Miriam Arichea, and soprano Patricia Lathrop-McPherson. The program is highlighted by Mozart’s “Parto, Parto, (“I am leaving”)” from La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621, and J.W. Kalliwoda’s “Heimatlied” (Homeland) op. 117, among many others.
- Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2003 and celebrates its 20th anniversary next year. Currently, under the baton of Dr. KuanFen Liu, the ensemble of professional musicians perform five-concert seasons in various locations in Ventura County. Visit www.cichamberorchestra.org.
- Patricia Lathrop-McPherson, soprano, studied voice at Brigham Young University, where she was a founding member of BYU Singers. In addition to her work with the Channel Island Chamber Orchestra, she has appeared locally with Cabrillo Music Theater, New West Symphony, Ojai Music Festival, Opera West, San Luis Mozart Festival, and others.
- David Singer, clarinet, is also Principal Clarinetist Emeritus of the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, his performances include the White House for Presidents Carter and Clinton, guest artist with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, and chamber music concerts with Yehudi Menuhin, Yo Yo Ma, Rudolf Serkin, and members of the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets.
- Miriam Arichea, piano, has been a principal soloist with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra since its inception, and has also performed with the Ventura College Symphony and San Luis Obispo Chamber Orchestra, and at the Ojai Arts Center and Ventura Music Festival. She has served as music director and pianist for the Rubicon Theatre Company, the Ventura Unified Festival of Talent, and Temple Beth Torah, among others.