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[Voice Magazine] Nikkudim: Points of Light Clarinet Concerto

February 10, 2017

A musical narrative never before heard on the west coast will be soulfully breathed into a solo clarinet and full orchestra when the Santa Barbara Symphony performs the West Coast Premiere of American composer Jonathan Leshnoff's new Clarinet Concerto, Nikkudim, with their own Principal Clarinet Donald Foster as soloist. The concert pair will take place on Saturday, February 11th at 8pm and Sunday, February 12th at 3pm in the Granada Theatre.

Don Foster has been the Principal Clarinet  with the Santa Barbara Symphony for 19 years, and has performed his share of the standard concerto for the instrument with our orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony, where he also serves as Principal. But it's rare to have the opportunity to perform the West Coast premiere of a major new work for clarinet. It is a co-commission with the Philadelphia Orchestra, which gave the world premiere on April 14, 2016 with that orchestra's Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales as soloist.

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[Scene Magazine] Giving the Clarinet Some Orchestral Love

February 10, 2017

SB Symphony Premieres Clarinet Concerto By Young Composer Jonathan Leshnoff

When last it convened, two weeks back, the Santa Barbara Symphony was busy entertaining an all-ages crowd to the tune and classic visuals of Disney’s “Fantasia,” with its idealistic blend of animation and classical music jukebox hit parade. This weekend’s model of a program is of another ilk entirely, a program in which the Austrian-American symphonic imprint of Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3 play second fiddle, in a sense, to the main event of the package—the West Coast Premiere of noted and notably lyrical composer Jonathan Leshnoff’s new Clarinet Concerto.

From an organizational perspective, which casts positive light on our orchestra, the new piece was made possible by a co-commission from the Santa Barbara Symphony and one of America’s, and the world’s, great ensembles, the Philadelphia Orchestra. The symphony’s own considerable principal clarinetist, Donald Foster—no stranger to the soloist spotlight at the Granada Theatre—will do the soloist honors for the new Leshnoff work.

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[Scene Magazine] Orchestral Hits in Living Color

January 27, 2017

For first concert of new year, the Santa Barbara Symphony performs scores from the classic Disney Film 'Fantasia,' with live orchestral backing to the on-screen film excerpts

To report that there will be Mickey Mouse conditions at this weekend’s convening of the Santa Barbara Symphony is both a matter of truth, and potential cultural excitement of the sound and sight kind. For the first concert program of the New Year, the Symphony is showcasing the musical component of the classical musicfueled Disney animated classic “Fantasia,” with live, orchestral accompaniment to excerpts from the film. That this all takes place in vintage movie palace The Granada Theatre, dating back to the end of the silent era of the late ’20s, adds to the charm and historical fiber of the occasion.

Made in 1940, and featuring music of Elgar, selected moments from the ballet work of Stravinsky’s “Firebird” and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” and — the Mickey Mouse moment — Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Fantasia” is a unique landmark in popular cinema, a rare meeting of high and mass culture. Public awareness of the riches and the deep heritage of classical music was, and continues to be, greatly enhanced by Disney’s grand gesture.

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[Independent] Santa Barbara Symphony Accompanies ‘Fantasia’

January 27, 2017

Orchestra Gives Live Performance to Screened Film Excerpts

Maybe more than any other animated film of my younger years, Fantasia hit that sweet spot of lasting memory. It was the silly beauty of hippos frolicking in pink tutus and the brooding specter of a demon looming over dark mountains. But mostly it was the music, the flutter of piccolos and the crash of symbols in those scenes that drilled the emotions of Fantasia into my mind and has kept it alive with flashes of nostalgia into my adulthood.

That’s why I’ll see it again this weekend when the Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor David Lockington, will perform live to screened excerpts of the original 1940 Disney film and its Fantasia 2000 reboot. The show will also feature Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber and Lockington’s own Ceremonial Fantasy Fanfare.

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[Voice Magazine] Fantasia to share the stage with the Santa Barbara Symphony

January 20, 2017

Having captured the imagination of generations, Walt Disney's animated Fantasia will morph into a musical masterpiece at Santa Barbara Symphony concerts on January 28th and 29th.

Under the baton of guest conductor David Lockington, the Symphony will provide stirring orchestral accompaniment to screened excerpts from the beloved films, along with Hindemith's richly colorful Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber and Lockington's own Ceremonial Fantasy Fanfare.

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[Noozhawk] Symphony Offers Mellow Alternative for New Year’s Eve

December 29, 2016

Once again, the choice is ours: We can head straight to the nearest traditional New Year's Eve party — traditionally loud, gin-soaked, and frantic — or we can take a more circuitous and leisurely trip toward midnight aboard the Santa Barbara Symphony's annual New Year’s Eve Pops Concert.

Starting at 8:30 p.m., this year as every year, the two-hour program, in the Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., generally finishes around 10:30 p.m. — plenty of time for us to rush out to a wild party and make fools of ourselves.

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