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Santa Barbara Symphony Presents Platinum Sounds on May 13 & 14

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s 70th Anniversary season performs its penultimate program titled Platinum Sounds: The Santa Barbara Symphony Turns 70 on Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m., preceded by a pre-concert “Conversations with Kabaretti” at 2:00 pm on Sunday.

This platinum anniversary concert highlights The Symphony’s brilliant principal players in American composer Jonathan Leshnoff’s work Concerto Grosso, previously commissioned for the Symphony’s 60th anniversary. Violin soloist and multi-GRAMMY® nominee Philippe Quint brings his imaginative approach to Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto, and Johannes Brahms’ monumental Symphony No. 1 – which took the composer 21 years of revisions to declare ready for public performance in 1876 – will bring the evening to a triumphant close.

“I’m looking forward to revisiting Brahms Symphony No. 1, one of the greatest symphonic masterpieces of the Austro-German tradition,” shared Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. “We are also delighted to welcome the talented Philippe Quint back to Santa Barbara for his fourth program with us, making him the most frequent guest artist in recent years. And it’s always a thrill to shine a spotlight on our very own principal musicians, who will bring Concerto Grosso to life once again, which was originally commissioned ten years ago for our 60th anniversary. We look forward to sharing this evening of Platinum Sounds together!”

One of the most versatile and imaginative artists on the concert stage today, multiple GRAMMY® award-nominee American violinist Philippe Quint is internationally recognized for his unique approach to classical core repertoire, championing new music, rediscovering neglected works and creating a new format of docu-concert experience; multimedia journeys about lives of Astor Piazzolla and Charlie Chaplin. “Truly phenomenal” is how BBC Music Magazine recently described him. Philippe Quint plays the magnificent 1708 “Ruby” Antonio Stradivari violin on loan to him through the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society®.


Jonathan Leshnoff | Concerto Grosso (Commissioned for The Symphony’s 60th Anniversary)
Jessica Guideri, violin I
Ryo Usami, violin II
Trevor Handy, cello
Amy Tatum, flute
Lara Wickes, oboe
Donald Foster, clarinet
Andy Radford, bassoon
Teag Reaves, horn
Jon Lewis, trumpet
Dillon MacIntyre, trombone

Felix Mendelssohn | Violin Concerto
Philippe Quint, violin

Johannes Brahms | Symphony No. 1

Platinum Sounds is generously supported by Principal Concert Sponsor, Montecito Bank & Trust; Artist Sponsor, Christine A. Green; and Selection Sponsors, Judd* & Susan Lundt, Stefan & Christine Riesenfeld, and Anne Smith Towbes.

Tickets for Platinum Sounds can be purchased online here.

Coming up, don’t miss The Symphony’s final one-night-only concert, An Evening with Sinatra on Thursday, June 15, 2023. Relive the magical moments of ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and beyond as critically acclaimed singer/pianist Tony DeSare takes us on a journey back to a time when swing was king and crooners ruled.

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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