Plains, Trains & Violins

Plains, Trains & Violins

Saturday, January 21, 2023 | 7:30pm

Sunday, January 22, 2023 | 3:00pm
The Granada Theatre

Concert Duration: 2 Hours with Intermission


Each month at 2 PM (before the Sunday matinee) Maestro Nir Kabaretti shares insightful details about the production live from the stage.

Duration: 30 minutes. 

Welcome to a celebration of the influences of music of the Americas —- with local ties to Santa Barbara. The performance includes Uruguayan born, Grammy© nominated American composer Miguel del Águila’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, El viaje de una vida (The Journey of a Lifetime), with violin soloist Guillermo Figueroa, and the concert world premiere of the late Academy©-award winning, American composer and former Santa Barbara resident, Elmer Bernstein’s Toccata for Toy Trains—his score for an animated film by Ray Charles Eames, arranged into a concert piece, especially for the Santa Barbara Symphony by the composer’s son, Peter. Antonín Dvorak’s magnificent Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” will round out the program.


                                           BONUS ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES:

EXHIBIT: Experience a live toy train exhibit before the concert and during intermission in the Granada Theatre Founders Room, located on the 2nd floor. This display of authentic, vintage toy trains is made possible by the generosity of Santa Barbara long-time collector David Halbeisen.

FILM: Preview the original score by Elmer Bernstein for the stop-action animated short film Toccata for Toy Trains from Charles and Ray Eames that composer Peter Bernstein has reimagined for the Santa Barbara Symphony. You can also watch it before the concerts or during intermission upstairs in the Granada Founders Room. 

CONVERSATIONS WITH KABARETTI: Sunday matinee attendees are invited to a pre-concert conversation with Maestro Nir Kabaretti for a behind-the-scenes perspective on the program you’re about to see. SPECIAL GUESTS: Composer Peter Bernstein and Violinist Guillermo Figueroa!


Elmer Bernstein, arr. Peter Bernstein |  Toccata For Toy Trains concert suite—CONCERT WORLD PREMIERE

Miguel Del Águila |   Concerto for Violin  El viaje de una vida 

Antonín Dvorak | Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

The Artists

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Guillermo Figueroa, Violin

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Guillermo Figueroa is one of his generation’s most versatile and respected musical artists – renowned as a conductor, violinist, violist, and concertmaster. He is the Principal Conductor of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, the Music Director of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado, and the Lynn Philharmonia Music Director. A renowned violinist as well, he has given the world premieres of four violin concertos written for him, including the Concertino by Mario Davidovsky, at Carnegie Hall with Orpheus.  He studied with his father and uncle at the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico and attended Juilliard School. 

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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 2022/23 season donors and the sponsors making
this event possible!

Principal Concert Sponsor
-- Ann Jackson Family Foundation --
Artist Sponsor
-- Frederic and Nancy Golden --
Selection Sponsors
-- Jean Rogers --
-- Susan and Bruce Worster

2022/23 Concert Season Sponsor

Sarah & Roger Chrisman

Corporate Season Sponsor

Grand Venue Sponsor

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