Santa Barbara Symphony Performances

2019-20 Special

Sundays with the Symphony

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 3:30PM PDT

Concert Highlights:

The second broadcast in our new series, "Sundays with the Symphony," will take place Sunday, May 3 at 3:30PM PST.

Sundays with the Symphony

The second program in the Symphony's new online series, "Sundays with the Symphony," will continue on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 3:30PM PDT with music by the late and beloved Santa Barbara composer, Robin Frost.

PLEASE NOTE that each stream in the this series will be a “limited one time only” online broadcast curated by Music and Artistic Director, Nir Kabaretti, and includes a rebroadcast of musical selections along with a slide show of memorable moments from past seasons, programs and events with the Symphony.

Though these events are free to the public, the Symphony needs financial support now more than ever to remain financially stable and continue programming while the orchestra must remain off stage. These streaming events will provide a source of income to the orchestra. By choosing to make these past performances available, the Symphony is also responding to the current environment in dynamic ways that will allow it to continue vital educational programming through the Symphony's Music Education Center. In this way, we may continue to connect teachers with students for engaging music instruction and enrichment.

 Sunday, May 3, 2020; 3:30 pm

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2020-21 Season

Beethoven’s 9th

Beethoven’s Birthday Finale

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Anya Matanovič, soprano | Audrey Babcock, mezzo soprano | John Matthew Myers, tenor | Valdis Jansons, bass | TBA, bass

Combined Chorus | Opera Santa Barbara Young Artists

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Beethoven: Excerpts from Fidelio: “Mir ist so Wunderbar,”“Heil sei dem Tag!”
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

Beethoven’s 9th

The Symphony ‘sings’ happy birthday to Beethoven through his very own Fidelio heroine, Leonore, and his supreme achievement, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. From the overture and choral finale from his two-act opera Fidelio to his groundbreaking use of voice in Beethoven’s ninth and final symphony, we celebratethis beloved composer with an “Ode to Joy” during an opening week not to be missed!

Of all the works in the mainstream repertory of Western music, the Ninth Symphony seems the most like a construction of mirrors, reflecting and refracting the values, hopes, and fears of those who seek to understand and explain it …” —Nicholas Cook

 Saturday, October 17, 2020; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, October 18, 2020; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust
Principal Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust
Selection Sponsor - Hans Koellner & Karin Jacobson
Selection Sponsor - Duncan & Suzanne Mellichamp

 


2020-21 Season

Copland + Gershwin

A Tribute to Melodic American Modernism

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano

Robin Frost: Serenade for Strings
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Price: Symphony No. 1
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

Copland + Gershwin

A gentle Serenade by Santa Barbara’s own Robin Frost; Piano Concerto in F by George Gershwin, who straddled the boundaries of popular and ‘serious’ music with his very own jazz-influenced classical style. Florence Price’s debut Symphony, the first by a black woman to be performed by a major American orchestra, and a suite by Aaron Copland from his ‘cowboy ballet,’ Rodeo. The Symphony weaves a
musical tapestry through these four composers in tribute to melodic American Modernism.

"[Price’s] orchestration is arresting; she has a tendency to contrast tutti passages with spare, luminous writing for winds...a distinctive sensibility emerges in Price’s pervasively elegant and subtle handling of familiar idioms.” —The New Yorker

 Saturday, November 21, 2020; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, November 22, 2020; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust
Principal Sponsor - Dan & Meg Burnham

 


2020-21 Season

Spanish Guitar

With Sharon Isbin and Josep Caballé Domenech

Concert Highlights:

Josep Caballé Domenech, conductor
Sharon Isbin, guitar


Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville
Vivaldi: Concerto for Guitar and Strings in D major RV93
Rodrigo: Fantasía para un gentilhombre
Gerhard: Don Quixote Dances
Granados: Intermezzo from Goyescas
Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia

Spanish Guitar

The title Spanish Guitar is but a hint of the riches in store for you in this musical journey planned for January featuring multiple GRAMMY Award-winner guitarist Sharon Isbin and the Symphony led by Spanish conductor Josep Caballé Domenech. The Symphony brings the rich cultural and musical heritage of Spain and Latin America to life through this exquisite selection of music that is sure to delight.

[Isbin] gets nuances out of the classical guitar few guitarists since Segovia have matched. Everything she performs bespeaks perfect technical control yet suggests spontaneous improvisation—the art that conceals art.” —Chicago Tribune

 Saturday, January 23, 2021; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, January 24, 2021; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust
Artist Sponsor - Raymond & Susan Dingman
Selection Sponsor - Susan Aberle

 


2020-21 Season

Kismet

A Unique Santa Barbara Production

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, musical director

Kismet, the musical

STAY TUNED, DIRECTOR & LEAD ROLES TO BE REVEALED!

Kismet

Spring of 2021 brings a groundbreaking and epic collaboration between the Santa Barbara Symphony and State Street Ballet to mount a fully-staged and modernized musical production of Kismet. With music adapted from pieces composed by Alexander Borodin, Kismet tells a fantastic tale of poets and beggars, of beautiful daughters and handsome rulers, of clever criminals, punishment, and true love.

the songs of this exotic Broadway curiosity from 1953 swell, swirl, crash and trickle…” —New York Times

 Saturday, February 20, 2021; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, February 21, 2021; 3:00 pm

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Call the Symphony Directly: (805) 898-9386 (subscriptions & renewals)


Generously sponsored by:
Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust

 


2020-21 Season

MOZART + GILLES APAP

A True Violinist for the 21st Century

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor
Gilles Apap, violin
Jessica Guideri, violin
Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Winner, violin
Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Guest Musicians

Vivaldi: Concerto for 3 Violins
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish”
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”

Mozart + Gilles Apap

Gilles Apap returns to perform with the Symphony, where he served as our concertmaster for a decade. Hailed as a true violinist of the 21st century by Yehudi Menuhin, Gilles has built an international reputation for combining musical styles as diverse as old-time American, Irish, and Gypsy fiddling within the construct of the classical repertoire.

Equally at home with Bartok and bluegrass, Mozart and the music of the Bulgarian ghettos, Gilles Apap is a violinist who defies categorisation.” —Josef Woodard

 Saturday, March 20, 2021; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, March 21, 2021; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust
Artist Sponsor - Sam & Alene Hedgpeth
Selection Sponsor - Susan Aberle
Selection Sponsor - Barbara Burger & Paul Munch

 


2020-21 Season

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

A Live-to-Film Event!

Concert Highlights:

TBA, conductor

Singin’ in the Rain, the movie musical

Singin’ in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain – the greatest musical of all time, according to the American Film Institute, with a legendary cast including Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. Darlings of the silver screen attempt to transition from silent film to “talkies” in this romantic comedy, experience it as never before, projected on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment.

"Singin' in the Rain” is a transcendent experience, and no one who loves movies can afford to miss it.” —Roger Ebert

 Saturday, April 17, 2021; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, April 18, 2021; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust

 


2020-21 Season

THE PLANETS + STAR WARS

Explore the Universe With Us!

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Holst: The Planets
Ravel: La valse
John Williams: Star Wars Suite

The Planets + Star Wars

Gustav Holst’s The Planets is an epic work that takes the listener on a majestic journey through the solar system. Each movement represents a planet visible from earth at the time of composition and inspired by its astrological character. We then travel amongst the stars with John Williams’ Star Wars Suite, supremely suitable as many of our symphony musicians played on the original soundtracks of these beloved films.

The enormity of the universe revealed by science cannot readily be grasped by the human brain, but the music of The Planets enables the mind to acquire some comprehension of the vastness of space where rational understanding fails.” —Gustov Holst

John Williams’ score for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was the beginning of the modern American film score.” —Jason Zumwal, udiscovermusic.com

 Saturday, May 15, 2021; 8:00 pm

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05/16/2021 3:00 PM


Generously sponsored by:
Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust
Principal Sponsor - Daniel & Mandy Hochman
Artist Sponsor - Christine A. Green

 


2020-21 Special

NEW YEAR’S EVE POPS TANGO CALIENTE!

The Hottest Ticket in Town!

Concert Highlights:

Bob Bernhardt, conductor

Camille Zamora, vocals

Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucero, Argentinian dancers 

Hector Del Curto, bandoneón

New Year’s Eve Pops: Tango Caliente!

Bob Bernhardt conducts the Symphony along with star soprano Camille Zamora, Argentinian tango dancers Patricio Touceda and Eva
Lucero, and internationallyacclaimed bandoneón artist Hector Del Curto. Prepare for a night of fiery Tango classics—the hottest ticket in
Santa Barbara for New Year’s Eve 2020!

Camille Zamora’s soprano is appealingly dark and agile, with heft behind it,” —The Houston Chronicle

 Thursday, December 31, 2020; 8:30 pm

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2020-21 Special

REVOLUTION: THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Revolution: The Music of the Beatles

The Beatles come to life in Revolution, a symphonic tribute to the Fab Four, featuring top vocalists and full orchestra. Revolution takes audiences on a magical musical journey of one of the greatest and most influential rock bands of all time. Featuring favorites like "Yesterday," "Ticket to Ride," "All You Need is Love," "Get Back," "Hey Jude," "Come Together," "Got To Get You Into My Life," and "Here Comes The Sun."

[N]o group has so radically transformed the sound and significance of rock & roll. … [they] proved that rock & roll could embrace a limitless variety of harmonies, structures, and sounds…” —Rolling Stone

 Saturday, June 12, 2021; 8:00 pm

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