Press Releases

Santa Barbara Symphony to Present New Year’s Eve Pops Concert

December 12, 2017

Theatrical circus company Troupe Vertigo will accentuate a program of film music favorites at the Granada Theatre.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor Bob Bernhardt, will usher in the year 2018 with a rousing New Year’s Eve pops concert at the Granada Theatre. Featuring a program of movie soundtrack classics and an appearance by the spellbinding theatrical circus company Troupe Vertigo, the performance will begin at 8:30 pm. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased at www.granadasb.org or by calling 805-899-2222.

Musical selections will include themes from Gone with the Wind, Captain Blood, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, West Side Story, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Indiana Jones, and The Lost World. Santa Barbara Symphony Principal Trumpet Jon Lewis will be the featured soloist on “With Malice Toward None” from the film Lincoln, and Principal Erik Rynearson will take a solo turn in an excerpt from the second movement of Maria Newman’s Viola Concerto.


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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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Guitarist Extraordinaire Pablo Sáinz Villegas to Perform with the Santa Barbara Symphony

October 29, 2017

Granada Theatre performances on November 18 and 19 will kick off the virtuoso’s tenure as the orchestra’s inaugural artist-in-residence.

Santa Barbara, CA — Classical guitar master Pablo Sáinz Villegas, hailed by The New York Times for his “virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance,” will perform Joaquín Rodrigo’s sensuous Concierto de Aranjuez and Isaac Albéniz’s evocative Souvenirs of Spain with the Santa Barbara Symphony at 8 pm on Saturday, November 18, and at 3 pm on Sunday, November 19. Also including suites from Manuel de Falla’s ballet El Amor Brujo and Bizet’s magnificent incidental music for Alphonse Daudet’s play L’arlésienne, the performances will take place at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street in Santa Barbara. Priced from $29, tickets can be purchased at thesymphony.org or through the Granada box office, (805) 899-2222.


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Guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas to Serve as the Symphony’s Inaugural Artist-in-Residence

October 16, 2017

Virtuoso will perform at the Granada Theatre and participate in community programming during the coming season.

Santa Barbara, CA — Classical guitar virtuoso Pablo Sáinz Villegas, whose charismatic stage presence and formidable technique have dazzled audiences throughout much of the world, will headline a pair of concerts at the Granada Theatre and take part in multiple community outreach events as the Santa Barbara Symphony’s inaugural artist-in-residence during the 2017-18 season. Mr. Villegas, who captivated local audiences in a pair of electrifying concerts to conclude the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2015-16 season, will rejoin the orchestra for Joaquín Rodrigo’s sensuous Concierto de Aranjuez as well as Isaac Albéniz’s evocative Souvenirs of Spain at the Granada Theatre on November 18 and 19. He will also perform a solo concert at the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara on November 16, and present educational programs for area children at The Granada on January 18 and 19. Additional events are being planned.


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SB Symphony to Open New Season with a Spectacular All-Mozart Program and a Ballet World Premiere

September 26, 2017

Concerts on October 14 and 15 will feature a collaboration with State Street Ballet and renowned choreographer William Soleau.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will assemble singers and dancers from throughout the region for an extraordinary all-Mozart concert – including a ballet world premiere – to open its 2017-18 season on Saturday, October 14. Featuring Mozart’s miraculous final symphony and his famed Requiem, the latter augmented with a new work by renowned choreographer William Soleau, the concert will take place at 8 pm, followed by an encore performance at 3 pm on Sunday, October 15. Performances will take place at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street in Santa Barbara. Priced from $29, tickets can be purchased at thesymphony.org or through the Granada box office, (805) 899-2222.

“Pairing dancing with a Catholic mass is highly original to say the least,” said Maestro Kabaretti, entering his 12th season as the Santa Barbara Symphony’s music director. “There are cultures in which dance is an accepted, even integral, part of funeral rites, and inspired by that I thought it would be fascinating to have dancers join us for Mozart’s Requiem. The Requiem is Mozart’s last piece of music, and combined with his final symphony (the “Jupiter”) represents Mozart at his best. And for the first time ever, we have auditioned and selected chorus members specifically for this project.”


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Santa Barbara Symphony Single Tickets on Sale September 15

September 13, 2017

New season will open October 14 in collaboration with State Street Ballet and renowned choreographer William Soleau. Subscriptions remain available.

Santa Barbara, CA — Single tickets for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s highly anticipated 2017-18 season will go on sale at 10 am on Friday, September 15. The orchestra will present a total of nine compelling programs over the course of its coming season, which opens October 14 with an extraordinary all-Mozart concert featuring a ballet world premiere. Performances take place at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street in Santa Barbara. Priced from $29, tickets can be purchased at thesymphony.org or through the Granada box office, (805) 899-2222. Complete season program information is available online at thesymphony.org.

Priced from $65, subscriptions remain available and provide the best value. Subscribers save as much as 40 percent off single-ticket prices and receive special benefits throughout the season. To order subscriptions, visit thesymphony.org or call (805) 898-9386.

“We are very proud of this season’s program and expect demand for tickets to be quite strong. In fact, our first concerts of 2017-18 are already generating considerable excitement in the community,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin.


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