Beethoven in Bloom

Beethoven in Bloom

Presented in partnership with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Saturday, February 19 | 7:30pm

Sunday, February 20 | 3:00pm

The Granada Theatre.

Join The Symphony for this special concert that honors the theme of renewal and rebirth in nature and community, and commemorates the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudflows. 

Beethoven in Bloom features The Great Circle created by Emmy® Award-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards) after nearly losing his home in the Thomas Fire. His orchestral composition and visual narrative incorporates images of the devastation, the heroism of first responders, and new photographs of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fire restoration/foothills conservation effort, made possible by more than 100 volunteer botanists and scientists.

Beethoven in Bloom also features multi-award winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto performed by Principal Harpist Michelle Temple, and Beethoven’s expressive sounds of birds fluttering, storms thundering in his most thematic work “Pastoral” from his Sixth Symphony, inspired by his strolls in nature. 


Jennifer Higdon |  Harp Concerto  

Jeff Beal | The Great Circle 

Beethoven | Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastorale

The Artists

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Michelle Temple, Harp

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

Learn more about the music: read the Program Notes HERE.

Access the Digital Concert Program HERE.

Please note: The safety of our patrons, artists, orchestra members, and staff is our top priority. Therefore we are complying with the Granada Theatre’s Covid Safety protocols. Concert goers must show proof of vaccine or negative covid test, and all patrons must wear masks inside the theatre. Learn more important details about the Granada’s Covid requirements here.

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


Michelle Temple


Harpist Michelle Temple was awarded the position of Principal Harp with the Santa Barbara Symphony in 1991. Enjoying frequent visits to her hometown, Michelle has also served as Principal Harp for Opera Santa Barbara for more than 15 years. She has been a member of Pacific Symphony, the third largest orchestra in California, since 1994.

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.

A very warm and special thank you
to our 2021/22 season donors and the sponsors making
this event possible!

Presented in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Principal Concert Sponsor
-- Dick & Ann Zylstra --
Selection Sponsors
-- Howard Jay Smith & Patricia Bivans Dixon --
-- John Trotti & Karen Drown --

2021/22 Concert Season Sponsor

Sarah & Roger Chrisman

Corporate Season Sponsor

Grand Venue Sponsor

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