American Beauty

American Beauty


Saturday, 7 PM

Streaming LIVE from
The Granada Theatre!

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, and Lyric for Strings by George Walker.


  • Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Symphony No. 1 in G major, Op. 11
  • Robin Frost: Serenade for Strings
  • George Walker: Lyric for Strings

The Artists

Conducted by Nir Kabaretti
Performances by…

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

2020/21 Concert
Season Sponsor
Sarah & Roger Chrisman
Corporate Season
Video & Audio Technology
Season Sponsor
Sarah & Roger Chrisman
Grand Venue Sponsor
Granada Theatre
-- Dan & Meg Burnham --
Principal Concert Sponsor
Composer George Walker

American Beauty

In celebration of Black History month


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.”


Conducted by The Santa Barbara 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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