[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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[Independent] Verdi Got a Birthday Bash on Sunday, January 26

January 29, 2014

Joining the ranks of many music organizations worldwide that have honored the 200th birth-iversary of opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, Santa Barbara Symphony did it up in a big way this past Sunday, with a large chorus, star-power soloists, and an all-Verdi program that highlighted eight of his 30 operas. It was all deeply satisfying, from the supreme melodist’s greatest hits to fortifying moments of fatal darkness. This tour through select arias and overtures demonstrated Verdi’s varied output and his subtle yet commanding emotional control.


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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Says ‘Viva Verdi!’

January 24, 2014

Those who can't wait for March — when Opera Santa Barbara will offer Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff — for their Verdi fix, will rejoice to learn, if they don't already know it, that the Santa Barbara Symphony will present two performances of a program loaded with "Verdi’s Greatest Opera Hits" at 8 p.m. this Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday n the Granada Theatre.

Nir Kabaretti will conduct the orchestra, with guest artists soprano Angel Joy Blue, tenor John Pickle and the Santa Barbara Choral Society.


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[Scene Magazine] Verdi-an Orchestral Maneuvers

January 24, 2014

In a program called "The Life of Verd" this weekend's Santa Barbara Symphony program features guest soloists on a musical journey celebrating the opera compsoer's 200th birthday

Under typical circumstances, the separate worlds of Symphonic and Operatic culture keep to their separate corners, as happens in Santa Barbara, as well. But the discrete worlds blithely collide in this weekend's Santa Barbara Symphony program dubbed, "Verdi's Greatest Opera Hits" in honor of the opera composer's 200th birthday.


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