Press Releases

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the Santa Barbara Symphony

January 09, 2017

Orchestra to perform live accompaniment for Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ at the Granada Theatre on January 28 and 29. Concerts also will feature Hindemith’s crowd-pleasing ‘Symphonic Metamorphosis.’ David Lockington will conduct.    

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor David Lockington, will provide stirring orchestral accompaniment to screened excerpts from Disney’s beloved Fantasia films at the Granada Theatre on January 28 and 29. Also featuring Hindemith’s richly colorful Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber as well as Maestro Lockington’s own Ceremonial Fantasy Fanfare, the performances will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, January 28, and at 3 pm on Sunday, January 29. Tickets are now available.

High-definition footage from both the original Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia 2000 will be shown. Accompanying repertoire will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 (with Donald Duck), and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (starring Mickey Mouse).          


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

December 07, 2016

Aerial performance troupe Cirque de la Symphonie will accentuate program of enduring 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 2017 with a rousing New Year’s Eve pops concert at the historic Granada Theatre. Featuring an appearance by the spellbinding aerial performance troupe Cirque de la Symphonie, and a program of popular classics mixed with Broadway and film favorites, the performance will begin at 8:30 pm. Tickets are now available.

Musical selections will include themes from Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, and Mission Impossible, as well as beloved works by Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Sousa, Mozart, and Debussy. Santa Barbara Symphony Principal Michelle Temple will be the featured soloist for the first movement of Handel’s Harp Concerto in B-flat.  


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Santa Barbara Symphony Appoints Kevin A. Marvin Executive Director

November 30, 2016

Santa Barbara, CA — Kevin A. Marvin, whose bold administrative reforms have reinvigorated the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, has been named executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. He will succeed David Pratt, who was recently named chief executive of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia. Effective December 1, Mr. Marvin’s appointment caps a national search process that included input from Board members, staff, and Music Director Nir Kabaretti. The Symphony’s Board unanimously approved the appointment on October 26.

“The Symphony is very excited about the result of our robust executive search process. I am convinced that Kevin is the right individual to build on our recent momentum and position the Symphony for even greater success,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Board President Arthur Swalley. “It is remarkable that a city this size would boast so much leadership talent. We are honored to share this connection with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and deeply respect the organization’s family of supporters and its reputation for excellence.”


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Santa Barbara Symphony & Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts Present PETER AND THE WOLF

November 20, 2016

Storyteller extraordinaire Michael Katz will bring musical tales to life.

Interactive activities for children and families will precede performance.

Ticket prices start at just $10; family 4-packs available for $25.  

The Santa Barbara Symphony, in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (SBCPA), will present a special family performance of Peter and the Wolf, Sergei Prokofiev's enchanting musical tale of adventure and bravery, at 3 pm on Saturday, November 26, in the Granada Theatre. Featuring celebrated storyteller Michael Katz as narrator, the concert will be preceded by interactive musical activities in the Granada lobby organized by the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Symphony's own Music Van, the Santa Barbara Public Library, and MOXI - the Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation. Ticket prices start at $10; family 4-packs are available for $25. Premium seating costs $50.


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Santa Barbara Symphony to Present Piano Masterpieces, Including Mozart’s Double Concerto and Works

November 14, 2016

Performances at the Granada Theatre on November 19 & 20 will feature acclaimed German soloist Markus Groh & Symphony Principal Natasha Kislenko.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will perform two of the world’s most cherished piano masterworks with the help of German-born virtuoso Markus Groh at the Granada Theatre on November 19 and 20. Mr. Groh will join Symphony Principal Natasha Kislenko for Mozart’s exquisite Concerto for Two Pianos before tackling Tchaikovsky’s famed Piano Concerto No 1. Ms. Kislenko will be the featured soloist for Manuel de Falla’s lush and arresting Nights in the Gardens of Spain to open both concerts. Performances will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, November 19, and at 3 pm on Sunday, November 20. Tickets are now available.


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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony & Junior Orchestra Will Present Free Concerts November 12 & 13

November 08, 2016

Santa Barbara, CA — Two Santa Barbara Symphony youth ensembles featuring orchestral musicians from throughout the region will present free concerts in Santa Barbara on November 12 and 13. The Junior Orchestra, which features young musicians from Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria, will perform at 3 pm on Saturday, November 12, in the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall. The Youth Symphony, whose accomplished members hail from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, will perform works by Brahms, Mussorgsky, and others at 4 pm on Sunday, November 13, in the Lobero Theatre.


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