CAMA Donor Communique
Avi Avital, mandolin | Photo by Harald Hoffmann/Deutsche Gramophon

AVI AVITAL, mandolin. Photo by Harald Hoffmann/Detusche Gramophon.


JONATHAN COHEN, conductor 

AVI AVITAL, mandolin

Les Violons du Roy takes its name from the celebrated court orchestra of the French kings. It was founded in 1984 by Bernard Labadie and continues under Music Director Jonathan Cohen to explore the expansive repertoire of music for chamber orchestra in performances matched as closely as possible to the period of each work’s composition. Les Violon du Roy's 15+-member complement play modern instrument with period bows in performances of both Baroque and Classical music, and its interpretations are deeply informed by the latest research on 17th- and 18th-century performance practices. The repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries receives similar attention and figures regularly on the orchestra’s programs.

Jonathan Cohen has forged a remarkable career as a conductor, cellist, and keyboardist. Well known for his passion and commitment to chamber music, Mo. Cohen is equally at home in such diverse areas as Baroque opera and the Classical symphonic repertoire. He is Artistic Director of Arcangelo, Music Director of Les Violons du Roy, Artistic Director of the Tetbury Music Festival, and Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Avi Avital is the first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy® Award. Avi Avital has been compared to Andrés Segovia for his championship of his instrument and to Jascha Heifitz for his incredible virtuosity.  Passionate and “explosively charismatic” (New York Times) in live performance, he is a driving force behind the reinvigoration of the mandolin repertory. More than 100 contemporary compositions have been written for him, 15 of them concertos, including works by Anna Clyne, Avner Dorman and Giovanni Sollima.  

The following CAMA International Series concert had been scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at The Granada Theatre. This would have been the fifth concert in CAMA's International Series season 2019/2020.


Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741), Mandolin Concerto in C Major, RV425, Avi Avital, mandolin

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) (Completed by Bernard Labadie after Davitt Moroney), The Art of Fugue, BWV1080 (excerpts)

Bach (arr. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital), Violin Concerto No.1 in A Minor, BWV 1041, Avi Avital, mandolin

Vivaldi (arr. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital), Concerto for Lute and Two Violins in D Major, RV93

Vivaldi Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op.3, No.2, RV578 

Bach (arr. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital) Harpsichord Concerto No.1 in D Minor, BWV1052, Avi Avital, mandolin

The CAMA Women's Board presents a
CAMA at Home Lecture
by Dr. David Malvinnni

In lieu of the CAMA Women’s Board and Santa Barbara Public Library-sonsored pre-concert lecture, Dr. David Malvinni has produced a video lecture for the CAMA Community. With grateful thanks to Dr. Malvinni and his "in-house" production team for creating this video for the CAMA Community!

CLICK HERE to view the video. 

The CAMA Women's Board also extends gratitude to the Santa Barbara Public Library for its partnership in planning for and presenting the lecture series. 

The following classical music playlist has been curated for CAMA by Jace Turner, Community Relations Librarian.

CLICK HERE to listen on Spotify.

Gustavo Dudamel

The CAMA Women's Board 

The CAMA Women’s Board is an integral part of CAMA’s history and success, and includes a wonderful group of women whose mission is to support CAMA’s programs and to educate the community about CAMA’s history, education and outreach programs, and two annual concert series, the International Series at The Granada Theatre, and Masterseries at the Lobero Theatre.

For more information about the CAMA Women’s Board please call Elizabeth Alvarez the CAMA office at (805) 966-4324 x104. The Women’s Board meets monthly (currently through Zoom!).

Celebrations and Photos 

The CAMA Board of Directors is thankful that so many of our special events for our subscribers and CAMA supporters took place as planned. We have many memorable moments to look back upon from this eventful but abbreviated season, including garden parties in the fall, the Presidents’ Dinner and Mozart Award event to honor Bitsy Becton Bacon at Birnam Wood, Red Carpet Reception and other amazing events and celebrations of the joint 100th Anniversary Concert of CAMA and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on March 6, 2020. 

In retrospect, we were very lucky to have been able to complete the many spectacular events associated with the CAMA + LA Phil 100th&nsp;Anniversary.

Visit CAMA's PHOTO GALLERY to peruse many wonderful events.

CLICK HERE or visit the CAMA website and find the PHOTO GALLERY under the COMMUNITY tab.

All of us at CAMA wish that you 

remain well and listen to beautiful music.

CAMA is now on Instagram!