2019-20 Season

Festa Italiana!

The Santa Barbara Symphony opens its 66th season with a burst of energy courtesy of the great Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi. The overture to his mid-career masterpiece La Forza del Destino covers a range of emotion, but is ultimately propulsive and exhilarating. Critically… more

Saturday, October 19, 2019; 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 20, 2019; 3:00 pm

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2019-20 Season

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Mozart & Mahler

Croatian soprano Lana Kos is increasingly in demand at top opera houses worldwide. Making her Santa Barbara debut, she will lend her powerful voice to a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s joyous religious motet Exsultate Jubilate. The recipient of several prestigious honors, including… more

Saturday, November 16, 2019; 8:00 pm

Sunday, November 17, 2019; 3:00 pm

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Geoffrey Rutkowski (May 1, 1941-July 31, 2019)

Geoffrey Rutkowski was a cellist; he played with passion, warmth and love. He adored his students, his colleagues and anyone with whom he could play chamber music. He loved to play, to teach, and, with his Matteo Gofriller cello which he acquired in 1976, was known for his gorgeous rich sound that carried from the stage to the last row.

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