Volume 2, Issue 8 
August 15, 2012
In This Issue
Summer Bus Trips
KDB Around Town
Meet Julie Simpson
New Tunes on KDB
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 Summer Bus Trips
with  KDB 
Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl

Bus Trips:


Thursday, August 23 -

All Mozart!

Nicholas McGegan conducts with Henning Kraggerud, violin

Symphony No. 32

Violin Concerto No. 4

Chaconne from Idomeneo

Symphony No. 39


Thursday, September 13 - Itzhak Perlman plays Tchaikovsky with Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Brahms' Hungarian Dances

No.s 10, 4 & 5

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

Dvorak's Symphony No. 8

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 KDB Around Town


On Saturday, October 20th, the Santa Barbara Symphony will celebrate the gala opening of its 60th season, and KDB will be there! 

Andre Watts
Andre Watts

Enjoy the festivities live  at 8 pm as we broadcast Andre Watts playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2, the premiere of local (and world-renowned) composer Emma Lou Diemer's Santa Barbara Overture, and  a little ditty known as Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.


KDB's Steve Murphy and the Santa Barbara Symphony's Ramon Araiza will be your co-hosts.



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This month KDB features an interview with Julie Simpson, long-time KDB family member, who hosts "Singing" and "The Concert Hall" on Sundays evenings.  And we highlight two of the first selections from the Nancy Reichenbach collection, featured in last month's newsletter, to be played on KDB.
Only two more KDB bus trips to the Hollywood Bowl this summer!  Learn more in the left-hand column.


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Meet Julie Simpson, Host of Singing and
The Concert Hall on Sunday Evenings


Julie Simpson
Julie SImpson

Q. How did you first appear on-air at KDB?


A. About 15 years ago I wrote and recorded the ads for the Santa Barbara Oratorio Chorale. That's where I first met Bob Scott (KDB's Program Volunteer and former owner). We both sang with the Chorale and were on its board. And then KDB asked me to do some voice work for them, which I really enjoyed.


I had my eye on eventually recording the Cultural Calendar. And then, in 2002, Bob Scott asked if I would record the Cultural Calendar!  I did that for three years until I went to graduate school.  But I continued doing voice work for KDB from time to time, and that's how Tim Owens (KDB's General Manager) heard me and asked me to host on Sunday nights.


Q. When were you first exposed to music...


A. On the day I was born!  My mother played Beethoven sonatas on the piano, and my dad played show tunes.  We were a family of singers.


Q. ...and radio?


My dad was a semi-famous interior designer in Syracuse, NY, where he had a radio show on Saturday mornings, when my siblings and I were growing up.  He was like the Ann Landers of interior decorating: people wrote in with decorating dilemmas and he'd solve them.


Q. What are some favorite moments from your singing career?


A. When I was seven I co-wrote a hymn with my girlfriend from next door and we performed it in church.  That was my first big performance.  And when I was in college in New York state, Michael Tilson Thomas once conducted the choir I was in. That was a thrill of my life. And that's when he was young; he was a neophyte, a protégé.  But the biggest highlight recently was singing in my daughter's wedding.


Julie Simpson hosts classical music on KDB 93.7FM every Sunday from 9 pm to midnight. Listen to her on-air or streaming at www.KDB.com.

KDB Airs Selections from Reichenbach Gift


Last month in this space we wrote about Nancy Reichenbach, a supporter and fan of KDB whose children donated her CD collection to the station following their mothers' passing earlier this year.  We've now sorted through all 1,949 discs and have begun to air some of the many gems we received.  Here are two pieces that will play on KDB this week:


Tonight at 7 pm listen to the oriental fantasy Islamey, written in 1896 by Russian composer Mily Balakirev after a trip to the Caucasus.  This selection is Liapunov's orchestral version with the Russian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Igor Golovschn.  Don't miss it!

Steve Murphy with 1,949 CDs from Nancy Reichenbach

Steve Murphy with the Reichenbach

donation of 1,949 CDs.


Thursday evening at 7 pm, we'll feature a 1961 recording of Richard Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11. This performance was recorded at Severance Hall in Cleveland with George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra, and features Myron Bloom on the French Horn.


More to come in the future!


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Please let us know what you think of the new KDB by writing to us at newsletter@kdb.com or by contacting me 805.966.4131 X373.


Tim Owens

Vice-President & General Manager

KDB 93.7FM