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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Highlights Beauty in Mahler’s ‘Tragic’ Piece

April 24, 2018

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s Sunday matinee performance of Gustav Mahler’sturn-of-the-20th-century epic Symphony No. 6 in A Minor, “Tragic” captured and expressed the reputed power of the work.

Paradox and conflict, suffering and grace permeate the entire symphony.

Apparently, it engenders the same: Ongoing critical argument about the correct order of the movements influenced the programs. The order of the second and third movements were reversed on Saturday and Sunday.

The first movement allegro was epic by itself. None of the 102 musicians on stage stayed in the background.


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[Independent] S.B. Symphony Takes On Mahler’s 6th

April 18, 2018

Weekend Program Highlights Composer’s Epic Vision

It’s not something that happens often when it comes to the orchestral repertoire, but this weekend, the Santa Barbara Symphony will play a well-known, major piece that it has never played before. After 64 years of programming, the group will finally get around to performing the Symphony No. 6 in A Minor of Gustav Mahler this Saturday-Sunday, and it is no small undertaking — obviously part of the reason we haven’t heard it live here before. With a full roster of 102 musicians onstage and a length of approximately 80 minutes, the so-called tragic symphony will be presented alone and without intermission.


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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Salutes Bernstein with All-American Tribute

March 02, 2018

​The Santa Barbara Symphony has performed some dynamite concerts under the leadership of Music and Artistic Director Nir Kabaretti this season, but the "Bernstein & Americana" pair Feb. 17-18 at the Granada Theatre kicked up a particularly satisfying vibe that likely gave most in the audience a buzz for a couple of days.

The program primarily focused on a wide-ranging travelogue of the music of Leonard Bernstein in celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday. Also featured were works by American composers Aaron Copland and Santa Barbara’s Robin Frost. Pianist Natasha Kislenko, principal keyboardist with the symphony and a major musical presence in this community, performed the world premiere of Frost’s Piano Concerto, and symphony principals Jon Lewis on trumpet and Sarah Beck on English horn paired for Copland’s haunting Quiet City for Strings, Trumpet and English Horn.


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[Voice Magazine] Celebrating Leonard Bernstein and the Great American Songbook

February 16, 2018

It's not often the worlds of music, dance, and theater come together as one to celebrate the life and art of a single person. All around the globe 2018 is the Leonard Bernstein year, marking the composer’s 100th birthday with performances of his music for the concert and Broadway stages in cities large and small.

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s pair of concerts at the Granada Theatre this weekend on Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm will salute Bernstein’s music, while also honoring his passion for new music with the world premiere of local composer Robin Frost’s Piano Concerto, featuring the orchestra’s house pianist, Natasha Kislenko. 


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[Independent] Symphony Celebrates Leonard Bernstein

February 16, 2018

Lisa Vroman to Sing with Orchestra and Chorus

Maestro Leonard Bernstein achieved success as a composer for both the concert hall and the Broadway musical stage; his ballet scores were as irresistible to the public as were his popular songs. In an era when such comprehensive cultural impact seemed like a thing of the past, Bernstein demonstrated that it was still possible, and what’s more, that if it was done well, people would stop worrying about which was which.


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Free Santa Barbara Symphony Concert “Music for Healing and Community”

January 15, 2018

Free Santa Barbara Symphony Concert “Music for Healing and Community,” A Community Benefit Embracing the Healing Power of Music.

Santa Barbara, CA—The Santa Barbara Symphony, in partnership with Montecito Bank & Trust and the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, invites the community to gather on Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Granada Theater for a free concert featuring Artist-in-Residence, Pablo Sáinz Villegas accompanied by a small orchestra.

This will be an evening of community and comfort, with the healing power of music. Pablo Sáinz Villegas and the orchestra will present an intimate and uplifting performance. 


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