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An evening honoring the strength, beauty, perseverance, hope, creativity, and community of Santa Barbara

May 15, 2021

Saturday, 7 PM

Streaming LIVE from
The Granada Theatre!

Join us for our Season Finale, a special evening honoring the strength, perseverance, hope, creativity, and community that makes up the Santa Barbara Symphony family. Guest pianist Awadagin Pratt performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, our musicians are once again in the spotlight as they perform a concert that includes Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op.92, and Benjamin Britten: Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury. Also featuring Joseph Malvinni, guitar, Winner of the 2021 SB Youth Symphony Concerto Competition performing Castelnuovo-Tedesco:  Concerto for Guitar in D major, First Movement.

“Two hundred years after its debut, the transcendent Allegretto of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, continues to captivate listeners.”


  • Britten: Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury
  • Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto for Guitar in D major, First Movement
    • Joseph Malvinni, guitar
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12  in A major, K. 414
    • Awadagin Pratt, piano
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op.92

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 Concert
Season Sponsor
Sarah & Roger Chrisman
Corporate Season
Video & Audio Technology
Season Sponsor
Sarah & Roger Chrisman
Grand Venue Sponsor
Granada Theatre
-- Daniel & Mandy Hochman --
Principal Concert Sponsor
-- Christine A. Green --
Artist Sponsor
-- Eve Bernstein --
-- The Lehrer Family Charitable Fund, Seymour & Shirley Lehrer and Ellen Lehrer Orlando & Tom Orlando --
Selection Sponsors
Pianist Awadagin Pratt


An evening honoring the strength, beauty, perseverance, hope, creativity, and community of Santa Barbara.

May 15, 2021

In a season finale that wraps up a year-long tribute to our Santa Barbara Symphony musicians and guest performers, this program ends on a triumphant and familiar note by featuring the works of Mozart and Beethoven. Instantly popular upon its premiere in 1813, Symphony No. 7 was composed as part of a benefit concert for wounded soldiers. One of the composer’s favorite works, Beethoven remarked upon its premier, “we are moved by nothing but pure patriotism and the joyful sacrifice of our powers for those who have sacrificed so much for us,” a fitting tribute to all who have endured, survived, and thrived during this difficult time of a global pandemic.  In addition, the symphony orchestra will also perform Britten’s Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury and Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Concerto for Guitar in D major, First Movement.

Awadagin Pratt, Piano
Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras. Born in Pittsburgh, Awadagin Pratt began studying piano at the age of six. Three years later, having moved to Normal, Illinois with his family, he also began studying violin. At the age of 16 he entered the University of Illinois where he studied piano, violin, and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school’s history to receive diplomas in three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting. In recognition of this achievement and for his work in the field of classical music, Mr. Pratt received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins as well as an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University after delivering the commencement address in 2012.
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

Piano Concerto No. 23  in A major, K.488  

by Mozart

Notturno for Strings and Harp  

by Schoenberg

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

by Beethoven

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