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American Beauty

American Beauty

In celebration of Black History month.

February 20, 2021

Saturday, 7 PM

Streaming LIVE from
The Granada Theatre - with a socially-distanced audience!

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, including Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges, considered by many to be the Mozart of his generation, and Lyric for Strings by George Walker, the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The program will also include Serenade by Santa Barbara’s own Robin Frost, and a finale of Piano Concerto in G Major by Ravel.

Repertoire

The Artists

Conducted by Nir Kabaretti
Performances by…

A very warm and special thank you
to our 2020/21 season donors and the sponsors making this event possible!

2020/21 Season
Sponsor
Roger & Sarah Chrisman
Corporate Season
Sponsor
Concert
Sponsors
-- Dan & Meg Burnham --
Principal Sponsor
Composer George Walker
Pianist Alessio Bax

American Beauty

In celebration of Black History month

February 20, 2021

The Santa Barbara Symphony presents a unique line-up highlighting the works of African American composers and their influence. In this program, listeners will experience the impact American music, like jazz, had upon Europe’s classical composers. The night begins with a special presentation of Symphony No. 1, by Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Rarely performed in the U.S., Chevalier de Saint-Georges one of the first known classical composer of African ancestry. Next up is George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, one of the most frequently performed orchestral works by an American composer. Walker was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for Lilacs for Voice and Orchestra, “a magnificent, densely textured setting of the poetry of Walt Whitman.” Also included, is a gentle Serenade by Santa Barbara’s own Robin Frost, and the Piano Concerto in G Major by Ravel, a French composer who heavily influenced by American jazz. Also joining the Symphony is Italian classical pianist Alessio Bax. A First Prize winner at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions, and the recipient of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career, Alessio is without a doubt “among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public” (Gramophone).

Pianist Alessio Bax
Alessio Bax is the recipient of 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant and First Prize Winner of Leeds and Hamamatsu 

International Piano Competitions. Combining exceptional lyricism and insight with consummate technique, Bax is without a doubt “among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public” (Gramophone). He catapulted to prominence with First Prize wins at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions, and is now a familiar face on five continents, not only as a recitalist and chamber musician, but also as a concerto soloist who has appeared with more than 100 orchestras, including the London, Royal, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, the Boston, Dallas, Sydney, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, and the NHK Symphony in Japan, collaborating with such eminent conductors as Marin Alsop, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, and Jaap van Zweden.

Conducted by The Santa Barbara’s Symphony’s
World Renowned Conductor

Nir Kabaretti

Nir Kabaretti has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after musicians. Some of his most well-known collaborators include Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Joyce Di Donato, Angel Joy Blue, Vadim Repin, Gilles Apap, Hélène Grimaud, and André Watts.

Enjoy the Repertoire before the performance

Piano Concerto in G Major

Lyric for Strings

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