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What Do Otto Klemperer and Burt Bacharach Have in Common?

Founder and conducting legend Otto Klemperer and graduate Burt Bacharach

Founder and conducting legend Otto Klemperer and graduate Burt Bacharach

Monday at 8:00 PM


150 years after the gold rush, “going to California” still captivates the American psyche. Where else could people like Otto Klemperer, Darius Milhaud, and Lotte Lehmann open a free music school?

Today Marylin Horne runs the vocal department; Carol Burnett teaches cabaret. Founded in 1947, the Music Academy of the West draws faculty from major orchestras, soloists, and chamber groups. Graduates include Thomas Hampson, Pamela Frank, and Burt Bacharach—and it’s free. Students range from 18 to 34. Last year 140 were selected out of 1,700 applicants. The 8-week program includes meals and lodging in Santa Barbara.

On Monday at 8:00 PM, WFMT presents the Gala Concert of the Music Academy of the West. Carol Burnett hosts. Nicholas McGegan conducts the Academy Festival Orchestra in works by Rameau and Vivaldi. Leonard Slatkin conducts Shostakovich.

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