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Santa Barbara Symphony Members Perform Live at Maravilla

A quartet of Santa Barbara Symphony musicians played three pieces at various locations across the Maravilla campus.

On Sunday, August 9th, members of the Santa Barbara Symphony, lead by our maestro Nir Kabaretti, presented a special performance for the residents of the Maravialla retirement community.

The Symphony’s string quartet was comprised of Violinists Steven Zander and Yue Deng, Diane Gilbert (Viola), and Jonathan Flaksman (cello). The quartet performed three times throughout the afternoon (approximately 35 minute-long segments) at various locations across Maravilla’s campus, with socially-distanced, limited seating. Residents were able to watch and listen from the comfort of their own patios/balconies and in safe locations on the grounds.

“I love the Symphony so much and I’ve missed the music,” said one resident.

The setlist included music by Puccini, Gershwin, and the Beatles. Reiterating the joy the musicians felt at coming together on a Sunday afternoon, violinist Jonahtan Flaksman said, “This is the first time I’ve performed live with my fellow musicians since March. It’s so great to play together again.”

“For 67 years, the Symphony has been inspiring our community through powerful musical experiences. We have been there for our community when they’ve needed us most – and now is one of those times. As you can imagine, the Symphony misses our audiences, and they miss us too! This is a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with them in a safe and new way, and share the music we love.” shared Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. 

What/Who: Santa Barbara Symphony’s string quartet, including violinists Steven Zander and Yue Deng, Diane Gilbert (Viola), and Jonathan Flaksman (cello).

When: Sunday, August 9, 2:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Where: Maravilla, 5486 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93111

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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