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Concerts: 2021/22 Season


7 Incredible Concerts, ONE Amazing Musical Journey

International, Unparalleled, and Completely Santa Barbara

Maestro Nir Kabaretti has created an October–May journey for us to experience in person—together. Anchored with impactful works performed by critically acclaimed and internationally renowned artists from across the globe, audiences are sure to feel joy, delight, surprise and connection as the sound of the Santa Barbara Symphony reverberates through us all.

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*All programs and artists subject to change.


Join us for a season of spectacular performances that bring Maestro Kabaretti’s artistic vision to life.

Subscribe to all 7 concerts in OUR 2021/22 season or Create-Your-Own 4 Concert Series


October 23 & 24, 2021

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Lonny Price, director

State Street Ballet

William Soleau, choreographer

A fully staged musical and artistic collaboration, directed by Broadway’s Lonny Price, featuring the Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, and a cast of performers from across the globe.

 Produced by Sara Miller McCune 

  Musical direction by Nir Kabaretti 

Choreography by William Soleau

Kismet is one of Broadways’ most renowned musicals. With three Tony Awards (including Best Musical), a smash film, and made-for-television special, it has a lush score from the soaring melodies of Alexander Borodin. Kismet is both complex and extraordinarily simple with its themes of love and faith and the sense of destiny that is never far from us. 

Royal Fireworks

November 13 & 14, 2021

Nicholas McGegan, guest conductor  

Erik Rynearson, Santa Barbara Symphony Principal Viola

Rameau |  Dances from the opera Naïs  

J.S. Bach | Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major

Telemann | Viola Concerto in G major     

Handel |  Music for the Royal Fireworks


Fandango Picante

January 15 & 16, 2022

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Arturo Marquez | Danzón No. 2  

Arturo Marquez | Fandango Violin Concerto

Rimsky-Korsakov | Capriccio Espagnol

Beethoven in Bloom

February 19 & 20, 2022

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Michelle Temple, Santa Barbara Symphony Principal Harp

Jeff Beal | The Great Circle 

Jeniffer Higdon |  Harp Concerto  

Beethoven | Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastorale”


Presented in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden


Sonic Boom

March 19 & 20, 2022

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Cameron Carpenter, organ

Bach |  Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, “St Anne” (for solo organ)
Poulenc | Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and Strings in G minor

Saint-Saëns | Symphony No. 3 in C minor, “Organ Symphony”


Presented in collaboration with Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Romance in a New Key

April 23 & 24, 2022

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Silver-Garburg Piano Duo

Richard Dünser | Interpretation of Schumann Piano Quartet in E♭ major, Op. 47 (arr. Brahms for 4 hands) World Premiere

Mendelssohn | Symphony No. 3 in A minor, “Scottish”


Presented in collaboration with Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Riffing on Gershwin

May 21 & 22, 2022

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Marcus Roberts Trio

Gershwin | Piano Concerto in F (arr. M. Roberts, for jazz trio and orchestra)

Price | Symphony No. 1 in E minor

Presented in collaboration with Jazz at the Lobero



Our top priority remains the health and safety of our patrons, staff and musicians. The Granada Theatre continues to create comprehensive safety protocols that meet changing government guidelines and ensure the comfort of audiences.

Between now and the first performance of the season, we anticipate evolving guidelines which will impact policies on mask wearing, proof of vaccination, low-touch ticketing, concessions, and more.

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