Symphony’s Sunday Livestream Puts Focus on Local Connections

Latest episode of wildly popular “Sundays with the Symphony” includes music and messages from the Santa Barbara Symphony Family

Santa Barbara, CA. (June XX, 2020) –  The Santa Barbara Symphony is pleased to announce the latest episode of “Sundays with the Symphony” will be broadcast live June 14, 2020 at 3:30pm (PDT). Curated and hosted by Music & Artistic Director, Nir Kabaretti, viewers will enjoy thirty minutes of carefully selected classical music performances and personal messages from a roster of phenomenally talented musicians. The program is designed to connect our community to the extraordinary individuals who dedicate their lives to bringing us together through music and share a love of Santa Barbara and its Symphony.

This Sunday’s broadcast, produced by local videographer and story teller David Brazemore, includes performances by local residents, including Natasha Kislenko playing Mozart’s Variation on Salve Tu, Domine by Paisiello and Dana Jackson’s performance of Francisco Migone’s Valsa Choro, a Brazilian Waltz for Bassoon. This episode also includes the 2nd movement of the Samuel Barber Sonata (as played by the late Geoffrey Rutkowski, principal cellist for the Symphony, with Giuseppe Modugno on piano). Rounding out the episode, former SBS Youth Orchestra member Cody Westheimer showcases a video presentation of his composition Free Range Composing Episode 4: Ellwood – Musical Adventures, and guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas performs an arrangement for Guitar of the iconic American musical West Side Story (part of the Symphony’s Mudslide Benefit concert). 

“Sundays with the Symphony” connects our community with the music (and musicians) they love even while live, in-person performances have been paused due to COVID-19. Each program showcases members of the Symphony Family – from local residents, youth Orchestra alums, members of the Symphony and classical music superstars, with some message from staff & board, and supporters.

“These are challenging times, and it has been almost 4 months since we had our last concert at the Granada theater,” says the Symphony’s Music and Artistic Director, Nir Kabaretti. “We miss our Santa Barbara Symphony family very much, and creating programming like this allows us to show that we are still here, working hard to connect with our patrons, donors, musicians, and students in new ways.”

“Sundays with the Symphony” will be screened live on June 14, 2020 at 3:30pm (PDT) and can be accessed via the Symphony website 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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