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Fanfare for The Common Man

Fanfare for The Common Man

A fanfare - a celebration!

April 17, 2021

Saturday, 7 PM

Streaming LIVE from
The Granada Theatre!

American composer Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man is considered a patriotic standard, which makes his piece the perfect way to spotlight our talented Santa Barbara Symphony musicians, who will also perform Serenade No. 2 by Johannes Brahms, and a unique take on Mahler with vocal solist Valdis Jansons.

“[Fanfare for the Common Man] is a piece that feels like it was written by God…Whenever I hear it, it stops me in my tracks and makes me reflect on the goodness of man. And I know that sounds corny for some, but it really makes me think about [how], at the end of the day, most people in this country are good, God-fearing people. Honestly, that could have been our national anthem.”
– Jazz Trumpeter and Composer Terence Blanchard


The Artists

Conducted by Nir Kabaretti
Performances by…

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

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

2020/21 Season
Roger & Sarah Chrisman
Corporate Season
Grand Venue Sponsor
Granada Theatre
-- Joan E. Jacobs --
Selection Sponsor
Baritone Valdis Jansons

Fanfare for The Common Man

A fanfare - a celebration!

April 17, 2021

Our spotlight on the talented musicians that make up the Symphony continues with a playlist as varied as the musicians themselves. Winds, brass, and percussion. 

Beginning with American composer Aaron Copland, who’s slow, shape-shifting harmonies evoke the history and spirit of the American west, a line up of the symphony orchestra will perform Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, considered a patriotic standard composed at the height of WWII. Also on the program, Serenade No. 2 by Johannes Brahms, the perfect piece to spotlight our winds section. Also on the evening’s playlist, a unique take on Mahler’s normally massive compositional style that takes Songs of the Wayfarer and brings it down to a more intimate and versatile arrangement that once again highlights the talented musicians that make up the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra.  Also included is a special performance from vocal soloist Valdis Jansons.

Valdis Jansons, Baritone
Winner of multiple international competitions Janson has sung 60 roles in more than 70 theaters around the world and now makes his home in Santa Barbara. Mr. Jansons has covered several times the opera “stars” (Leo Nucci as Rigoletto, Rolando Panerai and Juan Pons as Gianni Schicchi, Roberto Servile as Marcello in La Bohème ).
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

Fanfare for the Common Man

Evangile from Fanfare Liturgiques for Brass Percussion

Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (arr. Arnold SchÖnberg)

by Mahler

Serenade No. 2 (winds and strings, no violins)

by Brahms

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