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INSERT to Program Book — CAMA Presents Les Violons du Roy with Avi Avital — Tuesday, October 19, 2021 — Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara, 7:30PM

Due to illness, Maestro Jonathan Cohen is not able to travel and will not direct Les Violons du Roy on this tour. We are fortunate that esteemed Maestro Julian Wachner is stepping in as conductor and harpsichordist. / CAMA Presents Les Violons du Roy with Avi Avital / Tuesday, October 19, 2021, Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara, 7:30PM.

Due to illness, Maestro Jonathan Cohen is not able to travel and will not direct Les Violons
du Roy on this tour. We are fortunate that esteemed Maestro Julian Wachner is stepping
in as conductor and harpsichordist. / CAMA Presents Les Violons du Roy with Avi Avital / Tuesday, October 19, 2021, Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara, 7:30PM.

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Presenting the world’s finest classical artists since 1919

CAMA Presents

JULIAN

WACHNER

conductor and harpsichord

AVI

AVITAL

mandolin

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 7:30PM

Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara

Due to illness, Maestro Jonathan Cohen is not able to travel and will not direct Les Violons

du Roy on this tour. We are fortunate that esteemed Maestro Julian Wachner is stepping

in as conductor and harpsichordist.

ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678–1741)

Mandolin Concerto in C Major, RV 425

Allegro

Largo

Allegro

Avi Avital, mandolin

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)

(COMPLETED BY BERNARD LABADIE AFTER DAVITT MORONEY)

The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 (excerpts)

Contrapunctus I

Contrapunctus VII

Contrapunctus XIV

BACH (ARR. FOR SOLO MANDOLIN BY AVI AVITAL)

Violin Concerto No.1 in A Minor, BWV 1041

[Allegro]

Andante

Allegro assai

Avi Avital, mandolin

INTERMISSION

VIVALDI (ARR. FOR SOLO MANDOLIN BY AVI AVITAL)

Concerto for Lute and Two Violins in

D Major, RV 93

Allegro

Largo

Allegro

Avi Avital, mandolin

VIVALDI

Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op.3, No.2,

RV 578

Adagio e spiccato

Allegro

Larghetto

Allegro

BACH (ARR. FOR SOLO MANDOLIN BY AVI AVITAL)

Harpsichord Concerto No.1 in D Minor,

BWV 1052

Allegro

Adagio

Allegro

Avi Avital, mandolin

Exclusive Concert Sponsor: MARTA BABSON

Les Violons du Roy would like to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council

for the Arts and the Government of Canada for their support.

North American Management for Mr. Avital and Exclusive Tour Management for Les Violons du Roy:

Opus 3 Artists, 470 Park Avenue South, 9th Floor North, New York, NY 10019

www.opus3artists.com

Harpsichord provided by Curtis Berak


Courtesy of Opus 3 Artists

JULIAN WACHNER

conductor and harpsichord

Multi-Grammy®-nominated conductor, composer,

and keyboardist Julian Wachner

recently named one of Musical America’s

Top 30 Professionals of the Yearhas

enjoyed an extensive current outburst of

compositional creativity including “Here’s

the Thing,” a choral-orchestral response to

Black Lives Matter and the Covid pandemic

in collaboration with award-winning poet

Samiya Bashir for the 60th Anniversary of

The Washington Chorus; the critically acclaimed

New York premiere of “REV 23” at

the 2020 Prototype Festival; “The Vision of

the Archangels” for cornetist Bruce Dickey;

“We Two Alone” for chorus and baroque orchestra,

commissioned by The Providence

Singers; “Lord, Thou hast been our refuge”

for choir, organ and solo trumpet commissioned

by The Saint Thomas Choir of

Men and Boys; “My Cathedral” for choir

and organ commissioned by the American

Guild of Organists for the 2020 National

Convention in Atlanta, Georgia; “Gaudé:

An LB Anniversary for Large Orchestra,”

commissioned by the Colorado Music

Festival as the winning composer of their


“As a composer with a combined Mexican, Greek and Jewish

identity, I have always found myself living and working in

the no-man’s land between pure post-Impressionism and

post-Expressionism, combined with the modes and rhythms

of my various ethnic ancestriescomposing music that

has been thought of as ‘too simple’ from one camp and

too complex’ from the other. As I have always considered

my compositional process and philosophy to be aligned

with the assimilators of previous eras, (Bach, Stravinsky

and Foss come to mind)I have found equal inspiration

from strict form or unbridled chaos; tonality, modality or

post-tonality; and lyricism, pointillism or minimalismI find

it crucial to have as sweeping a palette of creative

possibilities at my disposal as possible, believing that this

desire is no different from any composer of the past.”

annual “Click” competition; “TS Variations,”

commissioned by the Royal College of

Canadian Organists; “Psalm 90,” composed

for The Tallis Scholars, Norwegian

Soloists Choir, Netherlands Chamber

Choir, and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street

for Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival;

“Regina Coeli à 8” for the Ora Singer’s

“ORA100” recording project with Harmonia

Mundi; and “Epistle Mass,” written in collaboration

with librettist Royce Vavrek for

Trinity Wall Street’s Mass Reimaginings

project. Wachner’s collection of colorful

arrangements of favorite Christmas carols

“The Snow Lay on the Ground” has been

performed all over the world including a

recent run with the Chicago Symphony.

Upcoming projects include Wachner’s

fourth opera, also in collaboration with

Royce Vavrek, “Broadview Christ” commissioned

by Beth Morrison Projects for the

Prototype Festival.

Wachner’s compositions have been

variously described as “jazzy, energetic,

and ingenious,” (Boston Globe), having

“splendor, dignity, outstanding tone combinations,

sophisticated chromatic exploration…a

rich backdrop, wavering between

a glimmer and a tingle...,” (La Scena Musicale)

being “a compendium of surprises,”

(Washington Post) and as “bold and atmospheric,”

while having “an imaginative flair

for allusive text setting,” and noted for “the

silken complexities of his harmonies” (New


York Times). The American Record Guide

recognized that, “Wachner is both an unapologetic

modernist and an open-minded

eclectic – his music has something to say.”

Most recently, Early Music America noted

that “The Vision of the Archangels” soars

and entwines, builds and diminishes, with

absolutely gut-wrenching beauty.”

Wachner also enjoys an active schedule

as a guest conductor. Orchestral engagements

have included performances

with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Kansas

City, Montreal, Pacific, Calgary, and Pittsburgh

Symphonies; New York Philharmonic;

Seraphic Fire; National Arts Centre Orchestra;

Philharmonia Baroque; Hong Kong

Philharmonic; Bang on a Can All-Stars; and

Apollo’s Fire. As an opera conductor, he has

lead the San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass

Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Juilliard

Opera Theater, and New York City Opera,

as well as conducted shows for Carnegie

Hall Presents, National Sawdust, and the

Lincoln Center Festival. Wachner served for

nine seasons as the music director of the

Grammy Award-winning Washington Chorus,

with whom he won ASCAP’s Alice Parker

award for adventurous programming and

Chorus America’s Margaret Hilles award for

Choral Excellence. In March 2018, Wachner

was appointed artistic director of Michigan’s

Grand Rapids Bach Festival, where

he will lead the 13th biennial festival in

April 2022. He is currently one of three finalists

to be the next Artistic Director of the

prestigious Oregon Bach Festival where he

will lead Bach’s B-Minor Mass in 2022.

As Director of Music since 2010 at

New York’s historic Trinity Church Wall

Street, Wachner has created a world-renowned

performing arts center with an annual

season of hundreds of events. Since

his professional debut as Music Director of

Boston University’s Marsh Chapel in 1990,

Wachner has been a pioneer in consistently

commissioning, performing, and recording

both women and BIPOC artists.

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