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2018 S ummer S chool & F estival This summer marks the 71 st Anniversary of the Music Academy of the West, one of the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals. Nearly 2,000 of the world’s most promising young classical musicians applied for a full scholarship to study at the prestigious Academy of the West this summer. Only 140 were selected for the program, where they spend eight weeks learning from 70 internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors and soloists. The Academy has once again organized an impressive Summer Festival, June 18 to August 11, featuring these talented musicians and celebrity guest performers. It includes more than 200 events open to the public. Master classes, chamber and solo recitals and many other activities and events are held at the Academy’s scenic Miraflores campus—a stunning 10-acre garden estate just a few minute’s walk from Butterfly Beach. Orchestra concerts, opera performances and other select events take place in celebrated venues throughout Santa Barbara. F estival H ighlights Highlights this summer include a new partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra that will bring its musicians to the festival. Six composers-in-residence will coach fellows and speak about their work: Guillaume Connesson, Timothy Higgins, Hannah Lash, Elizabeth Ogonek, Caroline Shaw and James Stephenson. Other highlights include appearances by Stéphane Denève, Jeremy Denk, Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Keenlyside, the Takács Quartet, Michael Tilson Thomas and Deborah Voigt. The opera event of the summer is Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, directed by Los Angeles-based James Darrah. Los Angeles Opera Music Director James Conlon will conduct the fully staged performance, sung in Italian with English subtitles at the historic Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara on August 3 and 5. The Orchestral Repertoire includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 , Debussy’s La Mer , Gershwin’s An American in Paris , Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story / Trouble in Tahiti , Berlioz’s Le corsaire , and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5. The Music Academy actively fosters community engagement. Community Access tickets ($10) are available for all Summer Festival events, and admission is free for young people ages 7 to 17 accompanied by ticketed adults. JUN 18-AUG 11 | SANTA BARBARA | MUSIC ACADEMY.ORG 2018 SUMMER FESTIVAL MusicAcademy.org/Festival