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Cabaret with Kabaretti

Cabaret with Kabaretti

Life is a cabaret!

October 17, 2020

Saturday, 7 PM

Streaming LIVE from
The Granada Theatre

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 in the intimate style of cabaret. Hosted by celebrated actress and singer Leslie Zemeckis, our opening night concert will have you humming along to Gershwin, Berlin, Lloyd-Webber. See (and hear) us like never before as we showcase our new livestream format featuring performances,  interviews, and 360-degree access to our musicians, both onstage and backstage at the Granada Theatre.

“…Vroman as Lilli Vanessi is a spitfire of a performer with magical stage presence and one of the finest female voices ever heard on the great expanse of the MUNY stage.”
-Glimmerglass Opera/St. Louis MUNY Theater


  • The Great American Songbook

The Artists

Conducted by Nir Kabaretti
Performances by…

  • Show Host, Leslie Zemeckis
  • Soprano Soloist, Lisa Vroman

A very warm and special thank you
to our 2020/21 season donors and sponsors!

Show Host
Leslie Zemeckis
Soprano Soloist
Lisa Vroman

Cabaret with Kabaretti

Life is a cabaret!

October 17, 2020

The Santa Barbara Symphony returns – like you’ve never seen us before –  in your living room!  In an intimate evening “up close and personal,” Opening Night features Maestro Kabaretti at the piano and Broadway star Lisa Vroman singing from the Great American Songbook. Hum along to Gershwin, Berlin, Lloyd-Webber, and be entertained by host and celebrated actress and singer Leslie Zemeckis, who also calls Santa Barbara home!

Sip your favorite cocktail, unpack your favorite feather boa, and be transported to another era through music you’ll love. Enjoy back-stage interviews, live interaction, and spectacular camera work.  You’ll see (and hear) us like never before!

Leslie Zemeckis, Host
Leslie Zemeckis is a best-selling author, actress, writer and award-winning documentarian. Leslie’s critically acclaimed films include Behind the Burly Q, the true story of old-time burlesque in America which ran on Showtime. The film was championed by such publications as USA Today and The New Yorker reveals the never-before told stories of the men and women who worked in burlesque during its Golden Age; Bound by Flesh about Siamese twin superstars Daisy and Violet Hilton which debuted at number 5 on Netflix, and Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer chronicling the extraordinary story of the world’s first female tiger trainer, Mabel Stark, in the early part of the 20th century.
Lisa Vroman, Soprano
Lisa starred for several years on Broadway as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. As Christine, she garnered Theatre Critics’ awards for the role in a record breaking run in San Francisco, and did a return engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Ms. Vroman starred as Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, making her New York City Opera debut with Paul Sorvino playing the title role. She played the role of Charlotte in A Little Night Music with Michigan Opera Theatre, starring Leslie Uggams and Ron Raines. She starred as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate with both Glimmerglass Opera and the MUNY Theater of St. Louis, and played Marian Paroo in The Music Man with Shirley Jones (Mrs. Paroo) and Patrick Cassidy (Harold Hill) at The Bushnell Theatre in Hartford CT. Lisa sang the role of Birdie in Regina with Utah Opera, conducted by Keith Lockhart; made her New Jersey Opera debut as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (directed by Ira Siff); and premiered and recorded two Comic Operas by composers John Musto (Bastianello) and William Bolcom (Lucrezia) with the New York Festival of Song.
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.
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