Santa Barbara Symphony Performances

2019-20 Season

Festa Italiana!

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Francesca Dego, violin

Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino, Paganini: Concerto for Violin No. 1 in D Major, Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien, Op. 45, Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, “Italian”

Festa Italiana!

The Santa Barbara Symphony opens its 66th season with a burst of energy courtesy of the great Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi. The overture to his mid-career masterpiece La Forza del Destino covers a range of emotion, but is ultimately propulsive and exhilarating. Critically acclaimed violinist Francesca Dego next performs Niccolò Paganini’s demanding Violin Concerto No. 1. Written during a three-month sojourn in Rome in 1880, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s fantasy Capriccio Italien offers a richly descriptive portrait of Italy. This delightful Italian-themed program concludes with Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, which radiates irresistible joy and affection.

 Saturday, October 19, 2019; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, October 20, 2019; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Principal Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust
Selection Sponsor - Susan Aberle
Selection Sponsor - Gail Beust
Selection Sponsor - Barbara Burger and Paul Munch
Dinner Sponsor - Anne Smith Towbes

 


2019-20 Season

kabaretti conducts

Mozart & Mahler

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Lana Kos, soprano

Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate, K. 165, Julia Wolfe: Fuel for Strings, Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Major

Mozart & Mahler

Croatian soprano Lana Kos is increasingly in demand at top opera houses worldwide. Making her Santa Barbara debut, she will lend her powerful voice to a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s joyous religious motet Exsultate Jubilate. The recipient of several prestigious honors, including a Pulitzer Prize, contemporary composer Julia Wolfe draws inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres. Her virtuosic Fuel was inspired by the renowned chamber orchestra Ensemble Resonanz, as well as the sounds of transport and harbors. Gustav Mahler’s wondrous Symphony No. 4 is the most accessible of his works. Warm and lyrical, it combines deliberate simplicity with a wealth of invention.

 Saturday, November 16, 2019; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, November 17, 2019; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Artist Sponsor - Christine A. Green
Selection Sponsor - Sam and Alene Hedgpeth

 


2019-20 Special

Holiday Pops

Holiday Concert Add-on

Concert Highlights:

Andy Einhorn, conductor

Christiane Noll, vocals

Holiday Pops

In the spirit of the season, prepare to be delighted by your favorite holiday classics in a program led by guest conductor Andy Einhorn featuring Broadway star and singer Christiane Noll.

Not part of the subscription series. Discounted tickets available when subscribing.

 Saturday, December 7, 2019; 8:00 pm

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2019-20 Special

New Year’s Eve Pops

Concert Highlights:

Bob Bernhardt, conductor

Cassidy Catanzaro, vocals

New Year’s Eve Pops

Beloved guest pops conductor Bob Bernhardt returns to lead the orchestra in a rousing program celebrating the music of Carole King, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and more!

Special holiday add-on

 Tuesday, December 31, 2019; 8:30 pm

 


2019-20 Season

“Eroica” Symphony

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Sivan Silver & Gil Garburg, piano

Michael Torke: Ash; Brahms/Dünser: Concerto for Piano, Four Hands and String Orchestra (after Brahms, Op. 25); Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, “Eroica”

“Eroica” Symphony

Israeli pianists Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg have thrilled audiences and critics alike on five continents. This performance will feature a new arrangement for piano four-hands and strings based on Johannes Brahms’ G minor Piano Quartet, Op. 25. Created expressly for the duo, this remarkable piece of music is the work of contemporary Austrian composer Richard Dünser, who combined Brahms’ two original versions of the quartet. Honoring Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the symphony will close the evening with the intensely emotional Symphony No. 3 “Eroica.” This piece stands as a landmark achievement and one of the composers most celebrated works. In the words of the late American composer William Flanagan, “The appearance of no single work has so completely and irretrievably altered the face of art.”

 Saturday, January 18, 2020; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, January 19, 2020; 3:00 pm

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Selection Sponsor - JoAnne Ando

 


2019-20 Season

reif conducts

Tchaikovsky & Mozart

Concert Highlights:

Christian Reif, conductor

Thomas Mesa, cello 

Michael Gilbertson: Graffiti: Concerto for Chamber Orchestra, b: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33, Mozart: Overture to La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621; Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543

Tchaikovsky & Mozart

Hailed as one of his generation’s most promising conducting talents, German-born Christian Reif has impressed critics with his phenomenal poise and interpretive prowess. He will lead a program that opens with a work by another musical wunderkind, Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer Michael Gilbertson. Continuing in a youthful vein, rising cellist Thomas Mesa will perform Tchaikovsky’s stunningly brilliant Variations on a Rococo Theme. Composed at the end of his life, La Clemenza di Tito reveals the full flower of Mozart’s mature genius. There is no mistaking the program’s concluding work – the Viennese master’s timeless and captivating Symphony No. 39.

 Saturday, February 15, 2020; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, February 16, 2020; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Concert Sponsor - Dan and Meg Burnham
Corporate Sponsor - Mission Audio/Video

 


2019-20 Season

An American in Paris

Film with Live Orchestra

Concert Highlights:

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

Gershwin: An American in Paris (Film with live orchestra)

An American in Paris

The iconic musical An American in Paris was inspired by George Gershwin’s jazz-infused orchestral treasure of the same name, and the Santa Barbara Symphony has combined the two for an unforgettable program of music and film! Gershwin’s evocative and vivid An American in Paris is arguably the finest musical love letter ever penned to a city, while director Vincente Minnelli’s Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Gene Kelly has lost none of its insouciant charm. Come hear the Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, provide live accompaniment to a screening of one of the world’s greatest movie musicals.

 Saturday, March 21, 2020; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, March 22, 2020; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Principal Sponsor - Dave and Chris Chernof
Artist Sponsor - Patricia Gregory for the Baker Foundation
Artist Sponsor - Nancy and Fred Golden
Selection Sponsor - Chris Lancashire and Catherine Gee
Corporate Sponsor - Impulse

 


2019-20 Season

carpenter plays

Poulenc & Saint-Saëns

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor 

Cameron Carpenter, organ

Debussy: Nuages & Fêtes from Nocturnes; Poulenc: Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani; Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, “Organ Symphony”

Poulenc & Saint-Saëns

Cameron Carpenter is an organist like no other. A former child prodigy, he has made an unlikely career of re-imagining the instrument while methodically dismantling the musty stereotypes that have long attended it. Known for his musical brilliance and flamboyant performances, he continues to push the boundaries of organ technique to breathtaking heights. Among other distinctions, Mr. Carpenter is the first solo organist ever nominated for a Grammy Award. For this program, he will perform Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Timpani, as well as Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3. Additionally, prepare to be delighted by the first two movements of Claude Debussy’s mesmerizing Nocturnes.

 Saturday, April 18, 2020; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, April 19, 2020; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Selection Sponsor - John Trotti and Karen Drown
Organ Sponsor - John & Ruth Matuszeski

 


2019-20 Season

beethoven’s

250th birthday celebration

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Alessio Bax, piano; Joélle Harvey, soprano; Nina Yoshida Nelsen, mezzo-soprano; John Matthew Myers, tenor; Stephen Morscheck, bass; Santa Barbara Choral Society; Quire of Voyces

Beethoven: Mass in C major, Op. 86; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58; Beethoven: Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80, “Choral Fantasy”

250th birthday celebration

The Symphony closes the season with a celebratory tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven, an artist who is arguably the defining figure in the history of Western music. Inspired by Beethoven’s epic benefit concert of December 1808, which saw premieres of his Fourth Piano Concerto and Choral Fantasy, this program will also include his C major Mass in all its glory. Join Maestro Kabaretti and the Santa Barbara Symphony as they combine forces with pianist Alessio Bax, four talented vocal soloists, the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Quire of Voyces for an unforgettable 250th.

 Saturday, May 16, 2020; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, May 17, 2020; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Principal Sponsor - Sarah and Roger Chrisman
Principal Sponsor - Daniel and Mandy Hochman
Concert Sponsor - Casa Dorinda
Artist Sponsor - Brooks and Kate Firestone
Selection Sponsor - Arthur Swalley and Arlington Financial Advisors
Selection Sponsor - John Trotti & Karen Drown

 


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