Academy Faculty and Alumni will perform two free concerts at Hahn Hall

Santa Barbara, CA — Out of continued care and concern, the Music Academy of the West is offering two Concerts for Recovery and Hope for the community. The Board of Directors, administration, faculty, and alumni are heartbroken about the devastation in the area, lives lost, and neighbors injured. The Academy offers a space and music for people to come together for comfort amidst the neighborhood that was heavily impacted by the Thomas Fire, and the winter storm and mudslides.

The concert at Hahn Hall on Friday, February 2 at 7 pm will be repeated on Saturday, February 3 at 4 pm. Admission is free. Advance tickets are recommended. Tickets are available online at

Music Academy Board Chair Warren Staley said, “The arts can be restorative in times of need. Our Music Academy family is coming together to provide a place of solace for our friends and neighbors to come lean on each other. We want to be as helpful as possible to the local community.”

Scott Reed, Music Academy President and CEO added, “Music may bring us renewed energy at this difficult time. Our faculty love and adore this community that they call their own each summer. They want to offer their artistry and emotional support to the people of the audiences who have always been there for them.”

The 75-minute concert program will bring a bright moment to everyone dealing with difficult circumstances. Music Academy faculty who will perform include alumnus Nico Abondolo (’87, ’88), double bass; Richie Hawley, clarinet; alumna Natasha Kislenko (’01), piano; Julie Landsman, horn; and Paul Merkelo, trumpet. Alumnus cellist Joshua Roman (’02) will also appear and additional artists will be announced at a later date.

Music Academy of the West Concerts for Recovery and Hope
Fri, Feb 2, 7 pm / Sat, Feb 3, 4 pm
Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Road
Free admission, advance tickets recommended

About the Music Academy of the West

The Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted, young, classically trained musicians. At its ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, the Academy provides these musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Admission to the Academy is strictly merit based, and fellows receive full scholarships (tuition, room, and board). The Academy’s distinguished teaching artists roster has included famed soprano Lotte Lehmann, composers Darius Milhaud and Arnold Schoenberg, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, pianist Jeremy Denk, and Honorary Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne. Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Many enjoy careers as prominent solo artists. In 2014 the Music Academy entered into a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, resulting in unprecedented training and performance opportunities for Academy fellows, and Summer Festival residencies for Philharmonic musicians.

The Music Academy of the West cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences, presenting more than 200 public events annually, many of them free of charge. These include performances by faculty, guest artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera. The 2018 Summer School and Festival will take place June 18-August 12 at the Academy’s scenic Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara. For more information, visit

Released: January 19, 2018



Kate Oberjat

Director of Marketing & Communications

Music Academy of the West


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