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Santa Barbara Symphony Cancels “Poulenc & Saint-Saëns” with Guest Organist Cameron Carpenter

Plans while the orchestra is off stage include free performance broadcasts.

(March 30, 2020) Santa Barbara, CA  As the Santa Barbara community works together to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Santa Barbara Symphony announces the cancelation of “Poulenc & Saint-Saëns” with guest organ soloist Cameron Carpenter scheduled for April 18 and 19, 2020. It is not currently possible to reschedule this program; prompt updates will be provided regarding any additional changes to the Santa Barbara Symphony’s current performance schedule.

“The Symphony continues to take a proactive stance during these unprecedented times to prioritize the health and safety of our musicians, visiting artists, employees, patrons, and our community at large. In cooperation with the Granada Theatre, our board, staff, and musicians, we regretfully must cancel our April 2020 performances.” Kevin A. Marvin, President & CEO

While the orchestra is off stage, the Symphony plans to share free online broadcasts. Programming for these broadcasts will include some favorite performances from seasons past, in addition to curated Spotify playlists and video moments and conversations with our beloved music and artistic director, Nir Kabaretti.

Information for these broadcasts will be released to the media as soon as the details are confirmed and will also be available online at, distributed by the Symphony via email, and on the Symphony’s Facebook page @SantaBarbaraSymphony. Please stay tuned and look for notices of these upcoming events to plan for the music you love–online with the Santa Barbara Symphony.

April 18 & 19 Ticketholders:  “Poulenc & Saint-Saëns” with Cameron Carpenter

Knowing that these are challenging times for everyone, we hope that our friends and patrons with tickets to April 18 and 19 concerts will support the Symphony through this time of difficulty by converting the value of their tickets into a tax-deductible contribution. To do this, simply follow this link ( and select the program from the drop down menu where there will also be an option for those that may need to request a refund.

As always, if you wish to support the Symphony in another way, have questions or other requests, please contact us directly by phone or email using the information below. Your patience and understanding are sincerely appreciated as staff responds to each inquiry in the current remote work environment. Please leave a message if you call so that we can be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

Subscribers – Please contact us directly for exchanges or other requests at [email protected] or 805-898-9386 Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM. 

Single Ticket Buyers – Please contact the Granada Theatre Box office at [email protected] 805-899-2222 Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5:30 PM; Sunday, 12 Noon to 5 PM. 

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The staff, board and musicians of the Symphony remain incredibly grateful for all of the support the Santa Barbara community has shown during this time of uncertainty.  This support is vital to ensuring a bright and prosperous future for live, symphonic music in Santa Barbara, and, the Santa Barbara Symphony continues to need the support of the community now more than ever. Ticket sales provide less than one third of the total revenue needed to fund live symphonic music in Santa Barbara, and the cancelation of performances represent an unrecoverable loss, deeply affecting the organization and members of the orchestra. To contribute, please call the Symphony directly at 805-898-9386 or donate online at

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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