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.”
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.