Symphony News

[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony to Salute Russian Artistic Giants

February 10, 2016

February's concerts by the Santa Barbara Symphony — at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in The Granada Theatre — will feature two guest artists but only one composer.

Maestro Nir Kabaretti will yield the podium (temporarily) to British conductor James Judd, and the talented young Canadian pianist Ian Parker will solo in the event's concerted work.

The composer is Sergei Rachmaninov, a selection that more or less guarantees that everyone in the auditorium at the beginning of the concert will be there at the end of it.

Judd will lead the Symphony in two of Rachmaninov's most gorgeous and tuneful works (which is saying a lot!). We'll hear the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 (1934) with Parker and the Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 (1940).


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[Bravo California] An interview with British conductor James Judd

February 08, 2016

By Daniel Kepl, Bravo California
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Daniel Kepl interviews conductor James Judd for CASA Magazine on the eve of his debut with the Santa Barbara Symphony conducting an all-Rachmaninoff program with Canadian pianist Ian Parker on Saturday, February 13 at 8pm and Sunday, February 14 at 3pm in the Granada Theatre, downtown Santa Barbara.


The Muses, The Mud, The Music & Your Mother

February 05, 2016


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[Independent] Bartók, Carrara, Handel, Gabrieli

January 26, 2016

This outstanding concert by the Santa Barbara Symphony demonstrated the organization’s international reach and commitment to developing new music. It also displayed the realistic, aspirational side of modernism as practiced by the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, and how it has been reinterpreted by the young Italian Christian Carrara. Within the context of the composer’s redemptive vision for music, which he felt was capable of expressing the “highest emotions” in the service of a “great reality,” Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra (1943), which occupied the second half of this program, represents a kind of personal microcosm, of that concept, as the commission came at a time when Bartók work was neglected, and his completion of it resulted in a revival of interest in his music.


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The Santa Barbara Symphony to Play Rachmaninoff Program This February

January 16, 2016

The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor James Judd, will perform a pair of beloved masterworks by the famed Russian composer and virtuoso pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff at the historic Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara on February 13 and 14. Also featuring captivating Canadian pianist Ian Parker as a guest soloist, the program will include Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini and Symphonic Dances, considered by many to be the summary of his musical genius.

Performances will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, February 13, and at 3 pm on Sunday, February 14. Tickets are now available.


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[Montecito Journal] Two of a kind for ‘Machpelah’

January 16, 2016