Santa Barbara Symphony News

[Casa Magazine] A French Valentine Plays Brahms

February 21, 2014

The mood was contagious, the goodwill between audience, orchestra, and soloist, palpable. The Granada Theatre was full and bubbling with energy last Saturday, as the Santa BArbara Symphony presented the first of its Valentine weekend pair of concerts, on of the most satisfying programs of 2013-2014 on several levels. Flush with Valetine weekend romance and conviviality, the crowd was more than ready for the heavily Romantic program of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Ravel, whihc was nicely planned to generate peaks of excitement and at least one collective sigh.


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[News-Press] A star in the symphonic house

February 19, 2014

Santa Barbara Symphony, featuring star pianist Helene Grimaud, soars higher than usual

Along with other revelations and realizations delivered over the weekend via the latest Santa Barbara Symphony program featuring piano great Hélène Grimaud, at the Granada Theatre, one bold impression had to do with the old adage: not all soloists are created equal. In the present, highly competitive and virtuoso-populated period in classical music, many highly talented and often young and spotlight-friendly concert soloists are available and able to seize the challenging spotlight of concerto work, and rise to the occasion with poise and professionalism.


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[Independent] Pianist Hélène Grimaud Performed a ‘Salute to Love’ on February 15

February 19, 2014

Nir Kabaretti and the Santa Barbara Symphony presented a Valentine’s weekend concert that was, thankfully, not all light and kisses, but one that evoked heroic and tragic dimensions of the human heart. French piano superstar Hélène Grimaud was the main draw for the occasion, and gave an incandescent performance of Brahm’s Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor. But the orchestra-only second half was no pale stepsister, and featured love-inspired and truly substantial fare by Tchaikovsky, Elgar, and Ravel.


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[Noozhawk] Hélène Grimaud, Santa Barbara Symphony Play Soundtrack of Romance

February 16, 2014

This being the season of St. Valentine, the Santa Barbara Symphony will offer its “Salute to Love” at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at The Granada Theatre. Maestro Nir Kabaretti will conduct, with the pianist, Hélène Grimaud, who is rapidly becoming a Santa Barbara favorite, on hand as soloist.


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[Scene Magazine] A Beautiful Wolf in Virtuoso Clothing

February 14, 2014

With this weekend's Santa Barbara Symphony program the soloist spotlight goes to acclaimed French pianist Helene Grimaud on a Brahms-ian Theme

Three years ago, Santa Barbara's rich link to the international, classical-music world grew a bit richer with the local debut of the much-acclaimed, French pianist, Hélène Grimaud, highly regarded for her magic admix of technical virtuosity and interpretive sublimity, plus a risk-taking tendency. The occasion was a recital at the Lobero Theatre, part of the CAMA roster of top pianists in recital in that intimate space, a memorable, musical evening, including Mozart, BartÛk, and Alban Berg on the program; all played with due mastery.


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[Independent] Hélène Grimaud Loves Johannes Brahms

February 13, 2014

They make a nice couple, the piano and the orchestra, and hearing a great performer can fully justify the comparison of the relationship between them in a concerto to what lovers experience in a real-life romance. From giddy infatuation and breathless ardor to rancorous conflict or deep serenity, it's all there — in the form of music. This is especially true when the soloist has a particular feeling for the composer. Few concerts can boast a more romantic connection in this regard than the one this weekend at the Granada Theatre, where Hélène Grimaud will join the Santa Barbara Symphony for the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor of Johannes Brahms. The show is being billed as a Salute to Love, because Grimaud is a passionate lover of Brahms and of this piece, which she has been playing in public for three decades.


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