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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.

*Program content and concert dates may be subject to change: check our website for regular updates.

Cabaret with Kabaretti

Streamed live October 17 & 18, 2020

On-Demand Digital Tickets Now Available!

The Santa Barbara Symphony returns! On October 17th, music fans from around the world joined us for intimate evening with the Santa Barbara Symphony. Featuring  Broadway star Lisa Vroman, Maestro Kabaretti and members of the orchestra, and hosted by celebrated actress and singer Leslie Zemeckis.

Beethoven @ 250

Streamed live November 21 & 22, 2020

On-Demand Digital Tickets Now Available!

Beethoven: from our hearts to your ears. Join Maestro Nir Kabaretti as he weaves together a way for home audiences to experience musical chemistry in a chamber music program of beloved and new adaptations of Beethoven’s music presented in unaccompanied solos and together in duos, trios, and quartets. The performers share their personal reflections about Beethoven — his music and legacy — in the context of our time

Santa Barbara Celebration

Streamed Live on February 27 & 28, 2021
On-Demand Digital Tickets Now Available!

Maestro Nir Kabaretti leads the Santa Barbara Symphony and soloists through a program highlighting Santa Barbara’s musical talents. This program will be a tribute to our area medical professionals. Performances include  “State Street” from Bramwell Tovey’s “Santa Barbara Sonata”, Beethoven’s Romance in F Major with Concertmaster Jessica Guideri, the beautiful “Elvira Madigan” movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 with local doctor Toni Meyers as soloist, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 29.

American Beauty

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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. 

Violins Around The World: From Classical to Bluegrass

March 20, 2021

Violinist Gilles Apap joins maestro Nir Kabaretti for a globetrotting program from Classical to Bluegrass. Performances of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier St Georges, Symphony No 1, Mozart: Violin Concerto No 5, and Arrangements for String Orchestra and Violin by Gilles Apap, featuring French, Irish, Balkan, Bluegrass, popular music.

Fanfare for The Common Man

April 17, 2021

Brass, winds, percussion, oh my!  Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, an American standard, and it’s updated response, Joan Tower’s  Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman is the perfect way to spotlight our talented symphony brass section. In this All-American program, members of the Symphony will also perform another Copland’s setting of Old American Songs,  as well as a brand new work by young composer George Gianopoulos, featuring Award-winning, bass-baritone Cedric Berry! Our strings will come together for Robin Frost’s Serenade for Strings, and George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, and our wind section will perform Samuel Barber’s  Summer Music for Wind Quintet. Also included in the program is The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives.  

Triumph

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. 12 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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