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Next Episode of “Sundays with the Symphony” Showcases Music From Students, Present & Past

Next Episode of “Sundays with the Symphony” Airs August 23, 2020 at 3:30pm (PDT)

Santa Barbara, CA. (July 27, 2020) – The Santa Barbara Symphony continues its popular live broadcast series, “Sundays with the Symphony,” on August 23, 2020, at 3:30 pm (PDT). This next episode, curated and hosted by Music & Artistic Director, Nir Kabaretti, along with the Symphony’s new Director of Music Education, Kristine Pacheco, shines a spotlight on students of all levels from their Music Education Center programs, including alumni.

“As a key pillar of the Symphony’s mission, music education is perhaps more important now than ever,” shared Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. “It has been incredible to watch how our young musicians have adjusted to the pandemic through creative virtual activity. This demonstrates to us just how critical music is, and its ability to keep our community connected against all odds.”

Each year, the Santa Barbara Symphony provides children in Santa Barbara County with high quality, equal-access music education through its Music Education Center: a continuum of connected programs designed to support and engage students at every step along their musical journey by fostering collaboration, confidence, and community, while empowering them to be at their best through music.

Viewers will have the chance to hear from all the Symphony’s various Music Education Center programs, including the Camerata Ensemble (beginner), the Philharmonia Orchestra (intermediate), and the Youth Symphony (advanced). They will also check in with some of their graduate students who are continuing their musical path into the professional world. This episode will also feature an exclusive clip from Lorenzo DeStefano’s documentary, “Hearing is Believing,” which is about a collaborative project between the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony and local composer, Rachel Flowers, whose inspiring story is an incredible testimony of how the human spirit can overcome any obstacle.

“We are proud to support students at all ages and levels of musical development,” shared Kristine Pacheco-Bernt, Director of Education for the Santa Barbara Symphony. “Despite not being together in person, it is an absolute joy to see students continue to grow and thrive through our continuum of music education programs.”

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, all programming for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music Education Center (MEC) has adapted to an online environment. Starting in the Spring, the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Teaching Artists led weekly virtual “sectionals” with students from all its performing ensembles: Bridge Orchestra, Camerata String Ensemble, Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Youth Symphony. These online classes offered students the chance to learn new skills, perform in front of others for feedback, and a way to connect with each other. Other special study projects are in the works, including the weekly music club “Symphonic Chats” curated by Youth Symphony conductor, Andy Radford.

Through partnerships with school districts, community organizations, and supported by generous individual annual donors, and local, regional and national funders, the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music Education Center is moving ahead and looking towards next season. Applications to audition for the 2020-2021 Youth Ensembles are now open, see the Symphony’s website for more details: Camerata Ensemble (beginner), Philharmonia Orchestra (intermediate), and Youth Symphony (advanced).

“Sundays with the Symphony” will be screened live on August 23, 2020, at 3:30 pm (PDT) and can be accessed via the Symphony website at

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The Santa Barbara Symphony looks forward to sharing the upcoming season of thrilling and inspired programming with the community and visitors alike! For more information on the Santa Barbara Symphony, or its programming, visit

About The Santa Barbara Symphony

Now in its 71st year, The Santa Barbara Symphony delivers artistic excellence, outstanding music education stewardship and programming, and community collaboration – all through symphonic music. Under the artistic leadership of Maestro Nir Kabaretti as Music & Artistic Director since 2006, The Symphony is one of the region’s premier cultural institutions. Through his charismatic leadership, this globally admired conductor and Santa Barbara resident invigorates audiences and musicians alike through his passion, creativity, and vast experience. As the only music education program tied to a professional symphony orchestra in the region, The Symphony serves more than 4,000 students annually throughout Santa Barbara County. While The Symphony continues to evolve, bringing joy, engagement, and connection remain steadfast pillars of its mission and were evident in the organization’s ability to thrive during the pandemic including the historic announcement that board chair Janet Garufis and President & CEO Kathryn R Martin join Nir Kabaretti in making a five-year commitment to serve in their roles. For more information, visit

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