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[Independent] The Santa Barbara Symphony and Pablo Sáinz Villegas are Two Peas in a Classical Pod

November 20, 2017

The Guitar Virtuoso Pablo Sáinz Villegas is in Residence

Maestro Nir Kabaretti has found a captivating collaborator in Pablo Sáinz Villegas, the Spanish guitarist who performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony on November 18 and 19, and who has been the orchestra’s inaugural artist-in-residence this fall. The program featured two substantial selections featuring Sáinz Villegas, Rodrigo’s classic Concierto de Aranjuez and a world premiere of an adaptation for guitar and orchestra of themes from Isaac Albéniz that was composed by Patrick Russ, a graduate of UCSB. These selections were balanced by a pair of forceful works chosen for the orchestra — Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo and the Suite No. 2 from L’Arlésienne by Georges Bizet.


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[Scene Magazine] Guitar and Orchestra, Find Common Ground

November 17, 2017

SPANISH-BORN CLASSICAL GUITARIST PABLO SAINZ VILLEGAS RETURNS AFER A SALUTATORY CONCERT WITH THE SANTA BARBARA SYMPHONY LAST MAY

In the moving ranks of concerto soloists appearing with the Santa Barbara Symphony, or most any full-service orchestra, a period usually elapses before an encore appearance is arranged. There are exceptions, such as with pianist Alessio Bax's frequent repeat visits as soloist with the sadly now retired Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra in recent years. Add to that speedy return list the Spanish-born and internationally acclaimed guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas, featured soloist in this weekend's Santa Barbara Symphony concerts at the Granada Theatre.


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SB Symphony & SB Center for the Performing Arts to Present ‘The Carnival of the Animals’

November 14, 2017

Interactive activities for children and families will precede the performance. Ticket prices start at just $10; family 4-packs available for $25. 

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, will present a special family performance of The Carnival of the Animals, Camille Saint-Saëns’ delightful musical suite, at 3 pm on Saturday, November 25, in the Granada Theatre. Conducted by special guest Lara Webber, host and narrator Andrew Firestone, and featuring pianists Robert Cassidy and Santa Barbara Symphony Principal Natasha Kislenko, the 45-minute performance will be preceded by interactive musical activities in the Granada lobby organized by the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Symphony’s own Music Van, and the Santa Barbara Public Library. Ticket prices start at $10; family 4-packs are available for $25. Premium loge seating costs $50. Tickets can be purchased at thesymphony.org or through the Granada box office, (805) 899-2222.


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[Independent] ‘Mozart in Dance’ at the Granada

October 19, 2017

Symphony and Ballet Teamed Up for a Triumphant Mozart ‘Requiem’ on October 14

This extraordinary program represented the most impressive collaboration yet between State Street Ballet and the Santa Barbara Symphony. Following an outstanding performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 “Jupiter” by the symphony alone during the first portion of the program, the stage was split into two tiers at intermission. On the upper rear level, maestro Nir Kabaretti and the orchestra took their places, with a large chorus positioned on steep bleachers at stage right. The lower tier, closer to the audience, provided a platform for 19 dancers and four vocal soloists to bring Mozart’s grand Requiem in D Minor, K. 626 to life.


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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Satisfies in Season Opener With State Street Ballet

October 18, 2017

Program includes Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony and his final, “unfinished” work, the 'Requiem Mass'

The Santa Barbara Symphony is making a habit of joining forces with local arts organizations, and we’re all better off for it. The orchestra opened its new season last weekend at the Granada Theatre with Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony and his final, “unfinished” work, the Requiem Mass.

And the State Street Ballet gave its first 2016-17 performance with world premiere choreography by William Soleau.

The blended program brought together a multigenerational audience ranging — from seasoned symphony patrons to bunheads in patent leather Mary Janes at the Sunday matinee. Complimentary champagne and gentle AC on a hot afternoon cultivated a receptive mood.

Conductor Nir Kabaretti entered to applause from an audience that obviously loves him, and gracefully and with levity recovered from a stumble over the foot of his concertmaster.


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[Scene Magazine] Mozart in Choreographic Motion

October 13, 2017

SB SYMPHONY TEAMS UP WITH THE STATE STREET BALLET TO PRESENT A PREMIERE OF NEW CHOREOGRAPHY TO MOZART'S 'REQUIEM'

As happened before, the Santa Barbara Symphony will be dancing its way into a new season this weekend in an all-Mozart program. Two years ago, the Symphony kicked off its new season wiht a version of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," in one of its collaborations with State Street Ballet. In past seasons, the local art institutions have also met up on the terrain of Stravinsky's "Firebird" and Copland's "Appalachian Spring." 

The organizations will meet up again at the Granada stage this weekend, but on a less-expected music-dance theme: a newly choreographed ballet by William Soleau, based on Mozart's "Requiem." Late period Amadeus is the musical meat of the program's matter. Along with the "Requiem," Mozart's celebrated final--and unfinished--work, the Symphony's music director Nir Kabaretti will also lead the orchestra in a performance of Mozart's majestic, final symphony, the No. 41 ("Jupiter").


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