Camarada is dedicated to presenting invigorating performances of musical masterworks. Established in 1994, Camarada concerts share the joy of chamber music by pairing performers of the highest caliber with intimate spaces throughout San Diego. Original founders Beth Ross-Buckley, Ann Chase and Mary Barranger had a vision of concert experiences that are inviting and engaging for audiences. In 2008 Travis Maril and Dana Burnett joined Beth Ross-Buckley as Co-Artistic Directors continuing this tradition. All three have significant chamber music experience and bring to Camarada a renewed zest for intimate chamber music, collaborating with a variety of artists, commissioning music by American composers and recording projects.
OUR VISION IS TO PROVIDE
- A broad and eclectic musical repertoire including fresh interpretations of familiar classics, rediscovered gems, and new works commissioned especially for our audiences.
- A rich and personal artistic experience by combining music with other art forms including dance, visual art, poetry and verse.
- Performances of the highest quality for audiences of all ages and levels of musical sophistication, cultivating a new broad-based community of music lovers.
Specializing in Latin and Spanish music, Camarada has carved out a unique niche in San Diego. Beginning in the fall of 2001, Camarada created and performed its first tango concert for the unique instrumentation and personnel of Camarada. Tango has become an integral part of the Camarada experience, collaborating with dancers and specializing in the music of Astor Piazzolla.
Dedicated to the compositions of living composers, Camarada has commissioned many works specifically for its unique combination of voices and instruments.
- Sanctuary Suite by Peter Sprague for two guitars, flute, bass & percussion
- Thelma Blue by Mike Wofford for two flutes, piano, bass, percussion
- Saltwater by Peter Sprague for alto flute & guitar
- The Fallen by Mark O’Connor for solo flute, string quartet, double bass
- The New Rule by John Lorge for flute, cello, piano
- I Am the Wind by David Ward-Steinman for voice, flute, cello, harp
- Critters by John Lorge for woodwind quintet, narrator
- And other commissions and arrangements
Sponsorship for the above events and commissions has come from the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, The County Board of Supervisors (Dave Roberts, Greg Cox & Ron Roberts) and The San Diego Foundation, The Thomas Ackerman Foundation, & The City of Encinitas Mizal Family Grant.