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The Concerts: Spotlight on Santa Barbara

Our 2020/21 Season: 7 Spectacular Performances

See and hear us like never before!

We are shining a spotlight on our Santa Barbara Symphony musicians and local artistic treasures. Designed by Music & Artistic Director, Nir Kabaretti, these seven concerts connect you to the music and musicians you love – whether watching the live broadcast from the comfort of your living room or in a socially-distanced audience at the Granada Theatre should that become possible January-May.

Performances will be filmed with multiple cameras, state of the art technology, and then digitally broadcast LIVE into your living room. These community-wide events will include a full concert, approx 60 minutes of music along with behind-the-scenes interviews, and fun ways to enhance your concert experience.

Cabaret with Kabaretti

October 17, 2020

The Santa Barbara Symphony returns! Join us for an intimate evening that’s “up close and personal” as Broadway star Lisa Vroman sings from the Great American Songbook. Maestro Kabaretti and members of the orchestra will have you humming along to Gershwin, Berlin, and Lloyd-Weber, while our incomparable host, celebrated actress and singer Leslie Zemeckis, is sure to offer a few surprises! 

Beethoven @ 250

November 21, 2020

Beethoven: from our hearts to your ears. Hosted by our maestro Nir Kabaretti, our extraordinary musicians share their favorite Beethoven solo and chamber music. Connect with Concertmaster Jessica Guideri (violin), cellist Trevor Handy, clarinetist Don Foster, pianist and UCSB Dept. of Music Chair, Robert Koenig, and more!

Santa Barbara Celebration

January 23, 2021

Maestro Nir Kabaretti leads select symphony musicians and soloists through a program highlighting Santa Barbara’s musical talents. Performances include Joel Feigin’s Festive Overture, Beethoven’s Romance in F Major, Chopin’s Variations on Mozart’s “Là ci darem la mano” Op. 2, and Mozart’s Symphony nr. 35, “Haffner.”

American Beauty

February 20, 2021

In celebration of Black History Month, the Santa Barbara Symphony presents a unique line-up highlighting the works of African American composers and their influences. Featuring performances of Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges’s: Symphony No. 1,  Serenade for Strings by Santa Barbara’s own Robin Frost, Lyric for Strings by George Walker, and pianist Alessio Bax performs Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major. 

Violins Around The World: From Baroque to Bluegrass

March 20, 2021

Violinist Gilles Apap joins maestro Nir Kabaretti for a globetrotting program from Baroque to Bluegrass. Performances of Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 , Mozart: Concerto for Violin No. 3 in G Major, and French, Irish, Balkan, Bluegrass, popular music.

Fanfare for The Common Man

April 17, 2021

Brass, winds, percussion, oh my! American composer Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, an American standard, is the perfect way to spotlight our talented symphony brass section. Our wind section is featured in Serenade No. 2 by Johannes Brahms, and our percussionists join forces in Evangile from Fanfare Liturgiques for Brass & Percussion. Another spotlight:  B. Tovey’s Santa Barbara Sonata.  We’ll conclude with a unique take on Mahler with vocal soloist Valdis Jansons performing Songs of the Wayfarer (arr. Arnold Schönberg),  


May 15, 2021

Join us for our Season Finale, a special evening honoring the strength, perseverance, hope, creativity, and community that makes up the Santa Barbara Symphony family. Guest pianist Awadagin Pratt performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, our musicians are once again in the spotlight in Schönberg’s Notturno for Harp and Strings, and our 20/21 Season concludes with Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op.92. 

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