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Past Concerts

Music & Artistic Director Maestro Nir Kabaretti has assembled a spectacular season of diverse talent and repertoires to create a fantastic symphonic journey from classical traditions to genre-defying guest performers to accessible fan favorites, culminating in a Symphony season that is for everyone!

*All programs and artists subject to change.


Join us for a new season of spectacular performances that bring Maestro Kabaretti’s artistic vision to life.

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Past 2023/24 Concerts

Rhapsody in Blue @ 100
May 18 & 19, 2024

Artist residency in collaboration with The Lobero Theatre

The Artists

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Marcus Roberts Trio
   Marcus Roberts, Piano
   Roland Guerin, Bass
   Jason Marsalis, Drums


George Gershwin | Rhapsody in Blue
Marcus Roberts | Rhapsody in D
Charles Ives | Symphony No. 2

Mahler Meets Klezmer
The Artists

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
David Krakauer, Clarinet


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Overture to Abduction from the Seraglio
Wlad Marhulets | Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet
Gustav Mahler | Symphony No. 1 “Titan”

An Oscar Celebration
The Artists

Constantine Kitsopoulos, Guest Conductor

In collaboration with the Granada Synergy Series


Experience the glamour and nostalgia of Hollywood’s Golden Age of Oscar®. Relive the memories of iconic movies and their indelible symphonic soundtracks. Classic scenes are presented via the Granada’s giant screen with The Symphony on stage playing live. Featuring music from Gone with the Wind, An American in Paris, The Wizard of Oz, and more.



February 16, 2024 – TICKETS JUST RELEASED! — The Symphony has just released a limited number of tickets for both the 3 PM and 7:30 PM performances. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Lobero Box Office. Tickets are $80 and general admission. 

February 2, 2024  VENUE CHANGE — Due to the recent water damage at The Granada Theatre, The Santa Barbara Symphony has moved its two February concerts to the Lobero Theatre—both to be held on Saturday, February 17, 2024—at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm The Lobero is located at 33 E. Canon Perdido St. in Santa Barbara. 

Click here to read the news release. 

The Artists

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Sirena Huang, Violin


Sir Edward Elgar | Serenade for Strings
Antonín Dvořák | Violin Concerto
Ludwig van Beethoven  | Symphony No. 7

Opera at the Symphony
January 20 & 21, 2024

Featuring Opera Santa Barbara Soloists

The Artists

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Karin Wolverton, Soprano
Deborah Nansteel, Mezzo-Soprano
Harold Meers, Tenor
Timothy Mix, Baritone
Anikka Abbott, Emcee


Soloists from Opera Santa Barbara join The Symphony!  The most thrilling moments from Grand Opera.  By Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Wagner and others, including Madame Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Tosca.  Plus, Wagner’s roaring The Ride of the Valkyries.  With local TV personality Anikka Abbott, a concert program of deception, romance, and drama unfolds! 

New Year's Eve with The Symphony
The Artists

Andrew Lipke, Guest Conductor & Host
Christina Maxwell, Singer


Conductor and host Andrew Lipke puts the NEW in our New Year’s Eve tradition as he leads the orchestra in a thematic celebration about the passing of time with a set of pop, rock & Broadway classics that will have you dancing in the aisle and waxing nostalgic. In a festive evening of music, Lipke trades the conductor’s baton for his guitar to create some symphonic surprises! Our traditional salute to the military and Auld Lang Syne sing-along will round out the evening as we all create new memories in time.

Musical eMotion
November 18 & 19, 2023

Part of The California Festival: A Celebration of New Music

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Time for Three
   Nicolas “Nick” Kendall, Violin and Vocals
   Charles Yang, Violin and Vocals
   Ranaan Meyer, Double Bass and Vocals


Kevin Puts | Contact
Alexander Borodin | Polovtsian Dances
Georges Bizet | L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2
Maurice Ravel | La Valse

Beethoven 9
The Artists

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Santa Barbara Choral Society, Jo Anne Wasserman,
Artistic Director & Conductor
Santa Barbara City College Quire of Voyces, Nathan Kreitzer, Music Director
Westmont College Choir,
Daniel Gee, Director of Choral Activities
Adelfos Ensemble, Temmo Korisheli, Artistic Director


Johanna Will, Soprano
Christina Pezzarossi Ramsey, Mezzo-Soprano
John Matthew Myers, Tenor
Cedric Berry, Bass-Bariton


Aaron Copland | “The Promise of Living,” from The Tender Land
Franz Liszt | Les Préludes
Ludwig van Beethoven | Symphony No. 9 “Choral”

Past 2022/23 Concerts

June 15, 2023

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Tony DeSare, Vocals and Piano

Frank Sinatra was one of a kind — an iconoclast whose musical legacy and style are as enduring as was his charm. Relive the magical moments of ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s and beyond as critically acclaimed singer/pianist Tony DeSare takes us on a journey back to a time when swing was king and crooners ruled. Dress to impress and plan for an evening as unforgettable as “ol’ blue eyes” himself!

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Philippe Quint, Violin

Jonathon Leshnoff | Concerto Grosso (Commissioned for The Symphony’s 60th Anniversary)

Felix Mendelssohn | Violin Concerto

Johannes Brahms | Symphony No. 1

April 15 & 16, 2023

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Jonathan Fox, Director
Inna Faliks, Piano

In collaboration with Ensemble Theatre Company

Ella Milch-Sheriff | The Eternal Stranger (based on a dream by Beethoven) – West Coast Premiere

Ludwig van Beethoven | Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58  

Ludwig van Beethoven | Symphony No. 4

Rei Hotoda, Guest Conductor

March 18 & 19, 2023

Presented in Partnership with The Granada Theatre

“E.T.,” “Star Wars,” ”Jaws” — Five-time Oscar© and 12-time Grammy©-Award winner John Williams has been composing film scores for Hollywood’s blockbusters for more than 50 years. His collaborations with directors Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas, whose movies attained cult status, not least because of his unmistakable music, are legendary. Hear these powerful cinematic moments come to life through the magic of live orchestral performance. This concert is part of the Granada Synergy Series. 

February 18 & 19, 2023

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Natasha Kislenko, Piano
Ted Nash, Saxophone                          Josh Nelson Trio

Ernst Von Dohnanyi | Variations on a Nursery Song, Op. 25 

Ted Nash |  Transformation – World Premiere

Richard Strauss | Death and Transfiguration 

Maurice Ravel | Bolero

January 21 & 22, 2023

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Guillermo Figueroa, Violin

Elmer Bernstein, arr. Peter BernsteinToccata 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” 

Bob Bernhardt, Guest Conductor 

Mela Dailey, Soprano

Few events evoke as many emotional, nostalgic and visceral responses as New Year’s Eve with The Symphony. Fan favorite Bob Bernhardt returns to guest conduct a rousing program of glitz, glamour and symphonic joy. This program sells out quickly; reserve your seats early!

November 19 & 20, 2022

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Alessio Bax, Piano

Cody WestheimerWisdom of the Water, Earth, SkyWorld Premiere

Robert Schumann |  Piano Concerto in A minor

Jean Sibelius | Valse Triste

W. A. Mozart | Symphony No. 40 in G minor

October 15 & 16, 2022

In collaboration with State Street Ballet and The Granada Theatre

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor

State Street Ballet, William Soleau, Choreographer

SB Choral Society, Jo Anne Wasserman, Director

Quire of Voyces, Nathan Kreitzer, Director

Music Academy’s Sing! children’s chorus, Erin McKibben, Director

Gabriel Fauré  | Pavane  featuring State Street Ballet in a ballet choreographed by SSB Resident Choreographer, William Soleau 

Camille Saint Saëns | Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah 

Carl Orff | Carmina Burana


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