Santa Barbara Music Club Free Concert

The Santa Barbara Music Club presents a program of beautiful classical music on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu.

Renowned artists, violinist Nicole McKenzie, clarinetist David Singer and pianist Betty Oberacker will perform the sublime Johannes Brahms Sonata in E flat major, op. 120, No. 2, for clarinet and pianoSergei Prokofiev’s Captivating Sonata in D major, op. 94 for violin and pianoand the passion of Darius Milhaud Suite for violin, clarinet and piano, op. 157b.

Free entry.

Nicole McKenzie, violinist, has given numerous concerts as a soloist and chamber musician, and his interpretations of classical, contemporary and ethnic repertoire (the latter including the Klezmer/Jazz group Kalinka) earned him lavish critical acclaim. The Santa Barbara Independent said, “McKenzie caused a sensation in luscious and exciting music – she performed with magnificent musicianship.” A Sutton Chamber Music Award winner, she graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, earned her BM degree from Oberlin Conservatory, her MM degree from Florida State University, and studied with Dr. Gary Kosloski at the Music Academy of the West. dance, she teaches the Music For Dancers class, as a faculty member at UCSB, and was a founding member of the Nicole McKenzie Improv Group, an improvisational group of dancers and musicians. Santa Barbara Strings, co-leads and teaches together Sandcastle Music, and runs a private violin studio.Ms. McKenzie’s violin was created for her by Michel Eggimann of Rome, Italy.

Betty Oberacker, pianist, is internationally recognized as a soloist and chamber musician and has given concerts throughout Europe, Israel, Asia, Australia, Mexico and the United States. Rome’s Corriere della Sera said: “A top-notch artist! She is a fascinating performer. Her playing, imbued with an intense yet fervent and passionate lyricism, has won her resounding success”, and Berlin’s Der Tagesspiegel observed, “She performs with a deep understanding of the essence of music and with an intuitive certainty of its effect, with conquering energy and sensually sonic interpretations. Her musical gifts were on display at the age of three, when she began playing the piano, accompanying and improvising entirely by ear; piano lessons began at age seven, and at age nine she was accepted on a scholarship as the only child student of famed pianist and composer Beryl Rubinstein. She earned her DMA degree from Ohio State University while serving on the piano faculty, and her honors include three invitations to tour China – the first American solo pianist to be so honored. Professor Emeritus at UCSB, she enjoys an active program of performing, teaching and training in chamber music.

David Singer, clarinetist, leads a career as one of the most respected clarinetists in the United States. the New York Times proclaimed,Describing Singer’s game would be like listing a catalog of virtues. 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. Gramophone magazine said, “His playing is exceptional… sensitive and expressive, technically brilliant. “Singer’s Copland’s performance is one of the best accounts around.” From his West Coast premiere of the Aldridge Concerto with the LA Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Times noted, “…brimming with energy, rowdy, ethnic and fun.” The Max Reger Institute in Karlsruhe, Germany selected Singer’s recording with Rudolf Serkin from Reger’s Sonata for clarinet op. 107 will be re-released internationally in 2023, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Santa Barbara Music Club concerts feature a wonderful diversity of historical musical periods and compositional styles, including beloved masterpieces and new and rarely heard repertoire. Of the series, the Santa Barbara Independent exclaimed, “A beautiful day, a beautiful venue, beautiful music…what more could you ask for?” and Gerald Carpenter at said, “Every Santa Barbara Music Club concert I’ve attended has been a sensory delight as well as an expansion of consciousness.”

A cultural resource appreciated in the community since 1969, the Music Club’s mission is threefold:

(1) Presentation of an annual series of concerts, free to the public.

(2) To aid and encourage music education by providing scholarships to talented local students in music.

(3) Presenting community outreach activities, including providing great music to residents of area retirement homes.

For more information about this program or other Santa Barbara Music Club programs and artists, visit


In accordance with public health guidelines, all customers, including children, must show proof of being fully immunized or provide a professionally administered negative COVID‑19 test result taken within one day for testing of antigen and 2 days for PCR tests. Self-administered home test results are not accepted.

All guests 18 years and older must present identification that matches their vaccination or test records.

IDENTIFICATION ACCEPTED: Driver’s license, national ID card, school ID card with photo or passport. Other photo IDs may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

PROOF OF VACCINATION: CDC vaccination card, photo or copy of card, or California digital verification of Out-of-state guests must present verified documents in the same manner.

Masks are compulsory and must cover both the nose and the mouth. Bandanas, neck warmers, masks with exhalation valves and shield-shaped face coverings are not permitted.

Social distancing is required.

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