Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter will perform with the Santa Barbara Symphony this weekend in the Granada Theatre. (Dan Porges photo)
By Gerald Carpenter, Noozhawk Contributing Writer | Published on 10.17.2014
The Santa Barbara Symphony, conducted by Nir Kabaretti, opens its 2014-15season with a veritable flood of romantic music, in concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Granada Theatre.
The guest artist for these concerts will be the sensational young Argentinean pianistIngrid Fliter.
The program will consist of three works:Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture (1954), Frederic Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 in F-Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 21 (1830) and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 in E-Minor, Opus 27 (1907).
As I said, a veritable flood of romantic music — except for the Shostakovich, of course: The Festive Overture offers almost no internal evidence of its composer’s name. It’s what you might call a light neo-classic. There is some historical resonance, however. The overture’s upbeat, rather carefree tone, may have something to do with the fact that Stalin had just died. That was certainly enough to put any Soviet artist into a “Festive” mood.
Chopin wrote both his piano concertos when he was 20 and head over heels in love with a young singer at the Warsaw conservatory name Constantia Gladkowska. It was a Dantesque — or, rather, Petrarchian — love. He worshiped her from afar, and even after they had met once or twice, the composer’s love was carried on mainly by him pouring out his heart to his friends.
“Tell her,” he wrote to one, “that even after my death my ashes shall be strewn under her feet.”
The second movement “Larghetto” of this concerto is an open avowal of his love. Nevertheless, the concerto is dedicated to another singer, who was not only talented and beautiful but rich and aristocratic, the Countess Delphine Potocka, who remained his friend and supporter for the rest of his life. When she learned that Chopin was dying, the Countess traveled to Nice, where he was staying, and sang for him. When she entered the room, Chopin said: “Now I know why God has delayed so long in calling me to Him; He wanted me to have the pleasure of seeing you once more.” Did I say ‘Romantic”? Believe it.
As long as it is, Rachmaninov’s 2nd Symphony never bores. One knows it well enough to know that something beautiful, something worth waiting for, is coming right up, and when it comes, that there will be enough of it to satisfy the most insatiable romantic longing.
Tickets to this concert are $29 to $133, with special rates for seniors, students and groups. Discounted student tickets are available for $10 with valid student ID. Single tickets can be purchased from the Granada box office at 805.899.2222 or online by clicking here.
— Gerald Carpenter covers the arts as a Noozhawk contributing writer. He can be reached at [email protected]. The opinions expressed are his own.
By Bill Batty for HICAP | Published on 10.17.2014
HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) will sponsor a free seminar for people interested in better understanding Medicare.
The “Medicare Open Enrollment Choices” presentation will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care offices at 602 E. Montecito St. in Santa Barbara.
“HICAP is offering this presentation to help beneficiaries and their caregivers better understand their choices during the Medicare open enrollment period, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7,” said Jim Talbott, president of the Board of Directors for the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens.
Even those who currently have Medicare coverage can benefit from this presentation.
Topics will include an introduction to Medicare including what Medicare covers, supplemental insurance, how to evaluate and choose the best Part D prescription coverage, and Medicare Advantage plan options.
HICAP is pleased to partner with the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Foundation in presenting this important information to the community.
HICAP offers free and unbiased counseling and information on Medicare issues. HICAP does not sell, recommend or endorse any insurance product, agent, insurance company or health plan.
The presentation is a service of the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, HICAP with financial assistance, in whole or in part, through a grant from the Center for Medicare and Medical services, the federal Medicare agency.
For more information about the “Medicare Open Enrollment Choices” presentation and to reserve a seat at this seminar, contact the local HICAP office at 800.434.0222, 805.928.5663 or [email protected], or RSVP online by clicking here.
— Bill Batty represents the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program.
Thirty-two families and four individuals are now living at the Courtland Street Apartments in Arroyo Grande, a low-income housing project developed and managed by People’s Self-Help Housing Corp. The grand opening ceremony Thursday also included the unveiling of the city’s second public art project — a Japanese lantern created specifically for the site by a San Luis Obispo-based artist. CYNTHIA LAMBERT — [email protected]
BY CYNTHIA LAMBERT
[email protected] 16, 2014
For Brian Higgins, one of the residents of a new low-income housing project in Arroyo Grande, the three-bedroom apartment he shares with his two daughters offers a chance for him to move forward.
Higgins, 33, was a chef in the Palm Springs area but moved to Arroyo Grande to be closer to family after his wife died two years ago.
After a lengthy application and approval process, Higgins and his daughters, Sophie, 7, and Noelle, 5, moved into the Courtland Street Apartments in September.
He sounded grateful as he gave a tour of the apartment during a grand opening ceremony of the complex Thursday.
“Getting into this place has been a huge help to get back on my feet and move forward,” said Higgins, who hopes to pursue a new career, perhaps in brewing.
The $11.7 million project was developed and will be managed by People’s Self-Help Housing Corp., a nonprofit organization that provides affording housing and programs for Central Coast residents.
The complex includes four one-bedroom units, 18 two-bedroom units and 14 three-bedroom units, a community room, a room for after-school programs, laundry facilities and a playground. Thirty-two families and four single people are already living there.
The apartments are intended for households that earn 30 percent to 60 percent of San Luis Obispo County’s median income, with monthly rents ranging from about $400 to $900. The median income for a family of four is $77,000, county officials said.
“To see the families move into this site and call it home … that’s our mission,” said John Fowler, president and CEO of People’s Self-Help Housing.
The Arroyo Grande City Council in 2011 approved the nonprofit’s proposal to construct the units on 1.63 acres at the corner of Courtland Street and East Grand Avenue.
The apartments were built on land that was once covered in strawberries, and the Arroyo Grande Public Art Committee and People’s Self-Help also formally unveiled a piece of art Thursday that was created to honor the farmworkers who once worked there.
San Luis Obispo-based artist Jim Jacobson created a 6-foot-tall Japanese lantern sculpture that was installed at the front of the complex earlier this week.
Nearby, resident Jimi McFarlin, 39, was welcoming visitors into her three-bedroom apartment, which she shares with three of her children.
McFarlin, a recovering drug addict with six years of sobriety, moved to the Central Coast in 2009 from Las Vegas. She first shared a dilapidated trailer with a friend before moving into the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter in San Luis Obispo.
McFarlin lived there a year and 10 months before she got into a public housing apartment in San Luis Obispo but wanted to move to Arroyo Grande to be closer to her church and support system.
Now taking classes at Cuesta College, McFarlin hopes to work in social services or as an advocate for homeless or abused children.
“I’m so happy here,” she said. “To walk in here and have a brand-spanking-new apartment — it’s amazing.”