Santa Barbara Symphony News
[Independent] Grand Finale of the Week
May 16, 2013
The Santa Barbara Symphony Performs Gustav Mahler’s “Resurrection”
By Joseph Miller, Independent
Music lovers will be thinking big this weekend — a full-body sonic immersion of Gustav Mahler’s great Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” Mahler loved to use a full orchestra, large choruses, and operatic soloists in his symphonies, and “Resurrection” is no exception.
[Scene Magazine] Grand, Choral-Fortified Finale
May 13, 2013
Santa Barbara Symphony performs Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony, accompanied by the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Quire of Voyces
To kick off the milestone 60th-anniversary season of the Santa Barbara Symphony, last fall the orchestra led by Maestro Nir Kabaretti, started off with a fanfare by Santa Barbara-based composer Emma Lou Diemer, followed by a double-header of cherished number-bearing warhorses, Beethoven’s Fifth and the “Rach 2″ (aka Rachmaninoff’s ever-popular Second Piano Concerto).
[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Salutes Silver Screen
May 10, 2013
By Gerald Carpenter, Noozhawk Contributing Writer
The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony will hold its final concert of the 2012-13 season at the unusual time of 7:30 p.m., on the unusual day of Friday and in the somewhat unusual venue of First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave.
The young musicians will be led by their music director, Andy Radford, and the featured soloist will be Dos Pueblos High School senior and cellist Laura Baldwin.
The program is bound to please. We’ll hear Franz Joseph Haydn’s Concerto No. 1 in C-Major for Cello and Orchestra, Hob. VIIb/1; two selections from the film scores of John Williams (the main theme from The Empire Strikes Back and the “March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark); and carrying on the theme of movie music, the Symmphonic Suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s score for the now-forgotten Soviet film Lieutenant Kijé (1934).
Painting the Seasons with the Santa Barbara Symphony
May 03, 2013
This past April’s concerts featuring the live work of Scenic Artist Jett Green were a memorable and much celebrated experience. Ms. Green’s works came to life before our eyes and were met with instant acclaim by those in attendance.
[Music! Sounds of Santa Barbara] Nir Kabaretti – A Grand Finale for Season 60
May 01, 2013
By Brett Leigh Dicks, Music! Sounds of Santa Barbara
When the Santa Barbara Symphony closes out its 60th season this month, with two performances at the Granada Theater on May 18th and 19th, it will do so in grand style. In performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” as its final presentation, the program will afford its esteemed conductor, Nir Kabaretti, the opportunity to highlight his command of both symphonic and operatic repertoires. Mr. Kabaretti joined the Santa Barbara Symphony in 2006 as the orchestra’s Musical Director and two years later also assumed the role of Artistic Director since which he has infused the orchestra with a vibrancy second to none. Born in Israel, Kabaretti began piano lessons at the age of six and later studied piano and conducting at The Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. He continued his education at the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Upon his graduation in 1995, Kabaretti began working as coach and chorus master at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He served as personal assistant to Zubin Mehta for a period, who subsequently lauded him as “a conductor with immense musicality and warm personality.” Over the years Kabaretti has collaborated with the likes of Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman and Salvatore Licitra. Never one to rest of his laurels, when the current season of the Santa Barbara Symphony wraps up, he heads to Switzerland for the Festival d’Opéra Avenches, before turning his attention to the next season in Santa Barbara which gets underway in September. At some point, he may even be afforded the opportunity to catch his breath.
[News-Press] Pictures at a symphonic exhibition
April 22, 2013
By Josef Woodard, News-Press Correspondent
In the continuing saga of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 60th anniversary season, last weekend at The Granada, the April symphonic showers brought on at least a couple of deviations from norms and expectations. For one, music director Nir Kabaretti was taking the month off, passing the baton to the very fine Hungarian-born guest conductor Gregory Vajda. He presided sturdily over a program all about “seasons” — Vivaldi’s evergreen crowd-pleaser “The Four Seasons” and Alexander Glazunov’s palatably pictorial lark, “The Seasons,” also a four-part calendar soundtrack.
On the subject of pictorialism in the concert hall, the larger quirk of this stop on the concert program calendar was the literal “action painting” sideshow. During the Glazunov piece, veteran Hollywood scenic and matte painter Jett Green took on the brave, stunt-like task of rapidly creating four separate loose, broad-stroked landscape paintings, live and onstage, under duress and a strict deadline (or deadlines — four of them within an hour’s time).