Fanfare for The Common Man

Fanfare for The Common Man

A fanfare - a celebration!

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Brass, winds, percussion, oh my!  Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, an American standard, and it’s updated response, Joan Tower’s  Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman is the perfect way to spotlight our talented symphony brass section. In this All-American program, members of the Symphony will also perform another Copland’s setting of Old American Songs,  as well as a brand new work by young composer George Gianopoulos, featuring Award-winning, bass-baritone Cedric Berry! Our strings will come together for Robin Frost’s Serenade for Strings, and George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, and our wind section will perform Samuel Barber’s  Summer Music for Wind Quintet. Also included in the program is The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives.  

“[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


  • Copland: “Fanfare for the Common Man”
    Listen on Spotify
  • Copland: “Old American Songs” – selections
    • Long Time Ago
    • The Boatmen’s Dance
    • Simple Gifts
    • I Bought Me a Cat
    • The Little Horses
    • At The river
    • Zion’s Wall
  • George N. Gianopoulos: ‘Polarity’ from the song cycle ‘America’ for Baritone and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 43 (2021)*
  • George Walker: Lyric for Strings
  • Samuel Barber:  Summer Music for Wind Quintet
  • Robin Frost: Serenade for Strings
  • Charles Ives: The unanswered question
    • Assistant Conductor Daniel Gee
  • Joan Tower:  Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1

    *World Premiere

The Artists

Conducted by Nir Kabaretti
Performances by

  • Cedric Berry, baritone


The Schedule

  • 6pm: Countdown Clock begins
  • 30 minutes: Pre-show
  • 7pm: Show Begins
  • 90 Minutes
    The performance: includes backstage interviews during a short intermission
*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 Concert
Season Sponsor
Sarah & Roger Chrisman
Corporate Season
Video & Audio Technology
Season Sponsor
Sarah & Roger Chrisman
Grand Venue Sponsor
Granada Theatre
-- Samuel M. & Alene S. Hedgpeth --
Principal Concert Sponsor
-- Patricia A. Gregory for the Baker Foundation --
Artist Sponsor
-- Joan E. Jacobs --
Selection Sponsor
Cedric Berry, Baritone

Award-winning, bass-baritone Cedric Berry’s experience spans opera, Broadway, American Song Book, jazz and gospel. He has performed with LA Opera, The Industry Opera, Long Beach Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival of Finland, Banlieurs Bleues Festival of France and the Ravinia Music Festival, to name a few. He has appeared with Pacific Symphony, Arizona Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Luckman Jazz orchestra, Pasadena Pops Orchestra, California Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Telemann Chamber Orchestra of Japan. He has also been the recipient of several awards including first place in the Metropolitan Opera Western Region Competition. Notable recent engagements include the role of Yusef in the world premier of the Central Park Five opera.

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

Fanfare for the Common Man

by Copland

Summer Music for a Wind Quintet

by Samuel Barber

Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman

by Joan Tower

Lyric for Strings

by Geore Walker

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