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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Salutes Bernstein with All-American Tribute

March 02, 2018

​The Santa Barbara Symphony has performed some dynamite concerts under the leadership of Music and Artistic Director Nir Kabaretti this season, but the "Bernstein & Americana" pair Feb. 17-18 at the Granada Theatre kicked up a particularly satisfying vibe that likely gave most in the audience a buzz for a couple of days.

The program primarily focused on a wide-ranging travelogue of the music of Leonard Bernstein in celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday. Also featured were works by American composers Aaron Copland and Santa Barbara’s Robin Frost. Pianist Natasha Kislenko, principal keyboardist with the symphony and a major musical presence in this community, performed the world premiere of Frost’s Piano Concerto, and symphony principals Jon Lewis on trumpet and Sarah Beck on English horn paired for Copland’s haunting Quiet City for Strings, Trumpet and English Horn.

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[Voice Magazine] Celebrating Leonard Bernstein and the Great American Songbook

February 16, 2018

It's not often the worlds of music, dance, and theater come together as one to celebrate the life and art of a single person. All around the globe 2018 is the Leonard Bernstein year, marking the composer’s 100th birthday with performances of his music for the concert and Broadway stages in cities large and small.

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s pair of concerts at the Granada Theatre this weekend on Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm will salute Bernstein’s music, while also honoring his passion for new music with the world premiere of local composer Robin Frost’s Piano Concerto, featuring the orchestra’s house pianist, Natasha Kislenko. 

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[Independent] Symphony Celebrates Leonard Bernstein

February 16, 2018

Lisa Vroman to Sing with Orchestra and Chorus

Maestro Leonard Bernstein achieved success as a composer for both the concert hall and the Broadway musical stage; his ballet scores were as irresistible to the public as were his popular songs. In an era when such comprehensive cultural impact seemed like a thing of the past, Bernstein demonstrated that it was still possible, and what’s more, that if it was done well, people would stop worrying about which was which.

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Free Santa Barbara Symphony Concert “Music for Healing and Community”

January 15, 2018

Free Santa Barbara Symphony Concert “Music for Healing and Community,” A Community Benefit Embracing the Healing Power of Music.

Santa Barbara, CA—The Santa Barbara Symphony, in partnership with Montecito Bank & Trust and the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, invites the community to gather on Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Granada Theater for a free concert featuring Artist-in-Residence, Pablo Sáinz Villegas accompanied by a small orchestra.

This will be an evening of community and comfort, with the healing power of music. Pablo Sáinz Villegas and the orchestra will present an intimate and uplifting performance. 

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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


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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