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FAQs/Info & Policies - Granada Theatre

FAQs/Info & Policies - Granada Theatre

Special Note: COVID-19 and the 2020/21 Season

The COVID-19 crisis is teaching us to expect the unexpected and remain flexible and open to opportunity. While we believe our 2020/21 season delivers the powerful musical experiences that define the Santa Barbara Symphony, this year will be different.  

For our 2020/21 season, our performances will be filmed with multiple cameras, state of the art technology, and then digitally broadcast LIVE. These livestream events will include full concert (approx 60 minutes of music), along with interviews, behind-the-scenes programming, and fun ways to enhance your concert experience. 

While we anticipate limited seating at the Granada Theatre will be available for our  January-through-May performances, in-house seating is dependent upon both the Granda Theatre’s socially distanced guidelines as well as all public health and safety mandates. Please check back for updates regarding in-house seating in January, 2021.

What does this mean for concerts and other events?

Even in a pandemic, you will safely experience the music you love, performed by the musicians whose artistry will leave you breathless, conducted and hosted by Maestro Kabaretti in seven glorious performances, on the same dates that were announced before the pandemic.  The musicians and guest artists can’t wait to (finally!) perform for you.


Safety is our top priority, and we are following public health and safety mandates and the guidelines required by the Granada Theatre.


  • All seven concerts will be broadcast to ticket holder households via a special access link sent 48 hours in advance, with step-by-step instructions on how to stream to your SmartTV or other devices.
  • Our October and November concerts will be filmed without an audience, and broadcast to you live.
  • We anticipate that our January – May concerts will be able to be filmed with an in-person, socially-distanced audience (at 29% capacity), with timed entrances, and without intermission or beverages. As a current subscriber you will have first priority on whether you would like to attend in person. Depending on the Granada’s new seating chart, new seats may need to be selected. When the time comes, we will walk you through those choices personally.
  • All seven performances are being held on the original weekends announced before the pandemic: Saturday Nights LIVE at 7:00pm, and re-broadcast on Sunday’s at 3:00pm.


Tips and Info for our Post-Covid, In-Person Events

Where do we perform, exactly?

Santa Barbara Symphony performs at the Granada Theatre, for more information and directions, please view our Directions and Parking page.

What can I expect for pricing?

Pricing varies widely depending on which seats you select, please have a look at our seating chart for more information on our Seating Chart page.

Is there a dress code?

Patrons wear anything from formal attire to jeans! There is no dress code, and many people do take advantage of the opportunity to dress up: think “date night!”

How do I get a drink at the concert?

Refreshments are available before the concert begins, as well as during the intermission. It is permitted to bring your drink to your seat, so there is no rush to finish it before you the doors close and music begins.

How long is a concert?

Concerts typically last about three hours including the intermission.

How can I learn more about the music being performed?

Half an hour before every concert, there is a lecture with the spectacular Saïd Ramón Araїza, a scholar of music who shares the history of the pieces and composers. Consider arriving early to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from a leading expert on the symphonic arts.


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