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Camarada’s ‘Unstoppable’ 26th season will feature six livestreamed concerts and array of genres

Beth Ross Buckley is the flutist and co-artistic director of San Diego's 26-year-old  Camarada.
Beth Ross Buckley is the flutist and co-artistic director of San Diego’s 26-year-old chamber-music-and-beyond Camarada.
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The chamber-music-and-beyond group will feature music by Beethoven, Stevie Wonder, Astor Piazzolla, The Beatles and more

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted arts organizations in San Diego and across the nation to cancel their fall and winter seasons, but not Camarada. The enterprising chamber-music-and-beyond group will celebrate its 26th anniversary by releasing a new album of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and pivoting to six online concerts that will be livestreamed from the La Jolla Music Society’s Baker-Baum Concert Hall.

Camarada’s reimagined new season, billed as “Unstoppable,” will launch Nov. 1 with “Recuerdos de los Dias” (“Memory of the Days”), a Day of the Dead-themed concert showcasing such Latin-American composers as Andres Martin, Michael Ponce and Miguel de Aguilla.

The season will conclude May 15 with the world premiere of Andres Martin’s “Unstoppable,” a trio for flute, violin and bass, along with pieces by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Madeleine Dring and Argentinian nuevo tango pioneer Astor Piazzolla.

These will bookend concerts in December, January, February and April that will feature the music of such diverse artists as Beethoven, Stevie Wonder, Vivaldi, The Beatles, Ennio Morricone, Raul Jaurena, Henry Purcell and more. Guest performers will include guitarist Peter Sprague and singer Rebecca Jade — both multiple San Diego Music Award-winners — and San Diego Symphony trumpeter Jeff Nevin, one of the nation’s foremost Mariachi music educators.

“We’ve been working nonstop to envision a new way to present our series this year and it’s all coming together,” said flutist Beth Ross Buckley, who is Camarada’s co-founder and co-artistic director. “We also have been performing a very intimate La Jolla Patio Series. To be socially distant and outside, we could only sell 14 tickets, which sold out in a day.”

Tickets for Camarada’s “Unstoppable” season are priced at $20 for each of the six livestreamed concerts, or $120 for a season pass. A $195 package, which includes a $75 donation, is also available at camarada.org.

— George Varga is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune


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