Cabaret with Kabaretti

Streaming LIVE October 17th


As a digital ticket holder, you now have on-demand access to this previously recorded concert.


Life is a cabaret!


Countdown Clock begins

30min: Pre-show

90min: The performance: includes backstage interviews during a short intermission

NOTE: if you wish to watch the show on your Smart TV, we strongly recommend testing that in advance. If you are unsure how to cast to your TV, this may be a helpful resource: How to Stream to Your Television

QUESTIONS?  Please contact the Symphony at (805) 898-9386 or info@thesymphony.org

That’s IT!  Grab your feather boa, put on your fanciest house slippers, and get ready for an unforgettable celebration of music and hope!

The Santa Barbara Symphony
offers a special thank you to our 2020/21 Season supporters!

A special thank you to David & Chris Chernof, Roger & Sarah Chrisman, and Daniel & Mandy Hochman
for generously Sponsoring Concerts that had to be cancelled last spring due to COVID-19

2020/21 Corporate
Season Sponsors
2020/21 Individual
Sponsors - October 17
-- Susan Aberle --
Selection Sponsor




Janet Garufis, Chair, Board of Directors, Santa Barbara Symphony
Palmer Jackson, Jr., Executive Chairmen, The Granada Theatre

Ed Birch

Dan Burnham

Mary Dorra

Brooks Firestone

Bob Montgomery

Anne Towbes



The Ann Jackson Family Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Palmer G. Jackson, Sr.


Marcy Carsey
Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree


Helene Beaver
Tracy & Michael Bollag
Dan & Meg Burnham
Donovan & Kathy Chalfant
Mary Tonetti Dorra
Brooks & Kate Firestone
Bob & Val Montgomery
Mosher Foundation—Ed & Sue Birch
Dick & Ann Zylstra


Roxana & Fred Anson
George & Elly Bajor
Linda Stafford Burrows
Maryan Schall


Heather & Chris Biles
Barbara Burger & Paul Munch
David & Deidre Cronenbold
Diane Dodds & David Reichert
Connie Frank & Evan Thompson
Janet Garufis
Renee Grubb
Joel Kreiner & Stina Hans
Alex Pananides & Jan Dunbar
Matt Rowe, Raymond James & Associates
Jack & Anitra Sheen
Diane & Charles Sheldon
Wayne & Sharol Siemens
Trudy Smith
Anne Smith Towbes
Wallin Studios
Mort & Judy Weisman
Carol Wilburn & Charles McClintock


Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director

violin I
Jessica Guideri, concertmaster (Tom & Christina Frisina, Musician Sponsor)
Ina Veli, associate concertmaster
Kyle Gilner, assistant concertmaster

violin II
Steven Zander, principal
Ji Young An
Jeanne Ullom (Marilyn Gilbert, Musician Sponsor)

Erik Rynearson, principal
Phillip Triggs

Jonathan Flaksman, principal (Barbara H. Burger Chair)
Jacqueline Greenshields

Samuel Shuhan, principal

Katherine Marsh, flute
Lara Wickes, oboe
Donald Foster, clarinet (Conway Family Chair)
Andy Radford, bassoon

Teag Reaves, horn
Dustin McKinney, trumpet
William Booth, trombone

Michelle Temple, harp

Alan Steinberger, piano

Eduardo Meneses, percussion
Jason Goodman, drum set


The Santa Barbara Symphony thanks
American Federation of Musicians Local 308, Neil Garber, President

YOU can make a difference!

When around the country, theaters and performing arts organizations have gone dark, your Santa Barbara Symphony in partnership with the Granada Theatre has found a way to move forward. 

A first for both our organizations, this live-streamed concert heralds the Symphony’s season and the Granada Theatre’s ability to bring live performing arts into patrons’ homes during the theater’s required closure.

We invite you to consider making a donation in support of both organizations! (note: while the on-line form is with the Symphony, donations received/pledged by October 19th by 9pm PST will be shared equally by both organizations)

With the closing of the theater, both organizations experienced the loss of not only their audiences but also significant revenue – making this event that much more important as we strive to fulfill our missions going forward.

Thank you to our wonderful partners!
Show Host
Leslie Zemeckis
Music & Artistic Director
Nir Kabaretti
Soprano Soloist
Lisa Vroman


Life is a cabaret!

Leslie Zemeckis, Host

Leslie Zemeckis is a best-selling author, actress, writer and award-winning documentarian. Leslie’s critically acclaimed films include Behind the Burly Q, the true story of old-time burlesque in America which ran on Showtime. The film was championed by such publications as USA Today and The New Yorker reveals the never-before told stories of the men and women who worked in burlesque during its Golden Age; Bound by Flesh about Siamese twin superstars Daisy and Violet Hilton which debuted at number 5 on Netflix, and Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer chronicling the extraordinary story of the world’s first female tiger trainer, Mabel Stark, in the early part of the 20th century.

Lisa Vroman, Soprano

Lisa starred for several years on Broadway as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. As Christine, she garnered Theatre Critics’ awards for the role in a record breaking run in San Francisco, and did a return engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Ms. Vroman starred as Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, making her New York City Opera debut with Paul Sorvino playing the title role. She played the role of Charlotte in A Little Night Music with Michigan Opera Theatre, starring Leslie Uggams and Ron Raines. She starred as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate with both Glimmerglass Opera and the MUNY Theater of St. Louis, and played Marian Paroo in The Music Man with Shirley Jones (Mrs. Paroo) and Patrick Cassidy (Harold Hill) at The Bushnell Theatre in Hartford CT. Lisa sang the role of Birdie in Regina with Utah Opera, conducted by Keith Lockhart; made her New Jersey Opera debut as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (directed by Ira Siff); and premiered and recorded two Comic Operas by composers John Musto (Bastianello) and William Bolcom (Lucrezia) with the New York Festival of Song.

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor

Internationally acclaimed conductor Nir Kabaretti’s artistic reach continues to expand around the world, thrilling audiences with his dynamic conducting style and vast knowledge of all facets of musical performing arts. In 2018, Kabaretti was appointed Music Director of the Israel Sinfonietta Be’er Sheva while continuing his tenure with the Southwest Florida Symphony.Maestro Kabaretti keeps a busy international conducting schedule and hasworked with some of the world’s most sought-after musicians. Some of his most well-known collaborators include Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Joyce Di Donato, Angel Joy Blue, Vadim Repin, Gilles Apap, Hélène Grimaud, and André Watts.