(July 19, 2021) Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara Symphony unveils its 2021/22 season and is thrilled to welcome audiences back in person to “Hear it, feel it, live it… live!” This season Maestro Nir Kabaretti takes audiences on a musical journey from October through May, anchoring each program with impactful works performed by extraordinary artists from across the globe, as well as making important artistic connections within the Santa Barbara community.
Building upon the up-close and personal connection created through the Symphony’s groundbreaking broadcasts throughout the pandemic, concert-goers can expect new ways to enhance the musical experience, including a “screen-friendly” digital zone inside the theatre, musician interviews, pre-concert activities, and innovative ways to interact and connect with musicians, patrons, and fellow music fans.
“During our pandemic season, the programming designed for the home viewer brought audiences and musicians closer together than ever,” shared Symphony Music & Artistic Director, Nir Kabaretti. “To me, there could be no better way to emerge from the darkness of last year than to present a vibrant and dynamic new season that continues to shine a spotlight on our creative forces and engage our audiences even more.”
With a through-line of showcasing the multi-faceted power of symphonic music and the collaborative opportunities it makes possible, the 2021/22 season opens with Kismet, a fully-staged musical directed by Broadway legend and EMMYⓇ Award-winning director Lonny Price, featuring the Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, and a cast of performers from across the globe. New artistic partnerships with Jazz at the Lobero, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art offer audiences opportunities for deeper context and insights to the music and musicians – whether enjoying classical masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Gershwin, Mendelssohn, or discovering new works of living composers.
“The pandemic revealed and solidified our identity as an organization. Our mission is to create joy, connection and impact through the unique ways only a symphony orchestra of our size and artistic caliber can!” shared Kathryn R Martin, President and CEO. “Our investment in music education programs, offering extended stays for our guest artists, and our shared commitment and curiosity in doing things for and with the community, all make it possible for greater impact to occur in Santa Barbara that would otherwise not have been possible.”
All performances will take place live, in person at the Granada Theatre. Season subscriptions are on sale now with packages starting as low as $100 for a Four-Concert Season Package and $158 for a Full, Seven-Concert Subscription Package, available online at www.TheSymphony.org or call 805-898-9386. Single tickets go on sale on September 1, 2021.