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Maestro Nir Kabaretti has curated a musical journey for the community to experience in person — together. Anchored with impactful works performed by extraordinary artists from across the globe, audiences are sure to feel joy, delight, surprise, and connection as the sounds of the Santa Barbara Symphony reverberate LIVE, in-person, once again. Click HERE for details.

Meet Our Musicians

Santa Barbara Symphony musicians are among the very best (and often busiest) in the world; performing in chamber music ensembles, featured in Oscar-winning film scores, teaching in conservatories and universities, hosting podcasts, and more.  They love performing with Maestro Nir Kabaretti, and for Santa Barbara Symphony audiences! 

When COVID-19 brought the arts and creative industry to a screeching halt, we realized how much we missed seeing and hearing these wonderful people  many have been performing with us for decades.  With the support of our donors, we were able to provide our roster with some compensation for the cancelled concerts, when so many orchestras could not.  

Conversations About Beethoven: String Quartet Opus 18

In this clip from the Santa Barbara Symphony’s November 21st Concert, Beethoven @250, maestro Nir Kabaretti sits down with symphony Allstars, concertmaster Jessica Guideri (violin), Elizabeth Hedman (violin), Erik Rynearson (viola), and Trevor Handy (cello), as they discuss chamber music, Beethoven, and the quartet’s performance of String Quartet Opus 18, No. 4 in C minor.

Conversations About Beethoven: Sonata No. 5, “Spring”

In this clip from the Santa Barbara Symphony’s November 21st Concert, Beethoven @250, maestro Nir Kabaretti sits down with concertmaster Jessica Guideri (violin) and pianist (UCSB Dept. of Music Chair) Robert Koenig (piano), as they discuss their Julliard connection, Beethoven, Chamber Music, and the Sonata No. 5, “Spring.”

Conversations About Beethoven: Sonatina in F Major

In this clip from the Santa Barbara Symphony’s November 21st Concert, Beethoven @250, maestro Nir Kabaretti sits down with Santa Barbara Symphony Allstar Eduardo Meneses (Marimba) as they discuss Beethoven and the challenges of arranging the composer’s work, like Sonatina in F Major, for the Marimba.

Conversations About Beethoven: Trio Variations in C Major, “La Ci Darem La Mano.”

In this clip from the Santa Barbara Symphony’s November 21st Concert, Beethoven @250, maestro Nir Kabaretti sits down with Santa Barbara Symphony Allstars, Lara Wickes (oboe), Jennifer Cullinan (Oboe), and Sarah Beck (English horn) as they discuss how Beethoven wrote for the oboe, how these compositions can be extremely revealing about the player, and how compositions like Variations in C Major can seem deceptively simple.

Conversations About Beethoven: Fidelio

In this clip from the Santa Barbara Symphony’s November 21st Concert, Beethoven @250, maestro Nir Kabaretti sits down with soprano (and Music Academy of the West alumna, and Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman Studio Artist) Julia Metzler and pianist (and UCSB Music Department Chair) Robert Koenig as they discuss Marzelline’s aria from “Fidelio,” and share their thoughts and insights on Beethoven.

Conversations About Beethoven: Trio, Op 87

In this clip from the Santa Barbara Symphony’s November 21st Concert, Beethoven @250, Santa Barbara Symphony principal trumpet, Jon Lewis, talks about Beethoven’s compositions for trumpet, his time spent working with renowned trumpeter Mannie Klein, and his arrangement of Trio, Op 87.

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