Santa Barbara Symphony News

Santa Barbara Symphony Celebrates a Decade of Incisive Artistic Leadership by Nir Kabaretti

February 18, 2016

March 12 and 13 concerts marking the maestro’s 10th anniversary with the orchestra will feature works by Wagner, Hummel, and Brahms.

The Santa Barbara Symphony will mark the 10th anniversary of Maestro Nir Kabaretti's appointment as music director with a celebratory program of works by Wagner, Hummel, and Brahms at the Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara on March 12 and 13. Featuring a pair of masterworks performed as part of Maestro Kabaretti's Symphony debut a decade ago - Wagner's Die Meistersinger Overture and Brahms' Symphony No. 2 - as well as Hummel's crowd-pleasing Trumpet Concerto, which will showcase the remarkable talents of longtime orchestra principal Jon Lewis, the concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, March 12, and at 3 pm on Sunday, March 13. Tickets are now available.

"Brahms' Symphony No. 2 was the very first work I conducted in Santa Barbara, as it was one of my audition pieces in 2006 at the Arlington Theatre, and the Die Meistersinger Overture was the piece that launched my tenure as music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony," said Maestro Kabaretti. "I am especially looking forward to performing the Brahms again, this time with the many musicians who have joined our orchestra over the last 10 years, and in our musical home, the Granada Theatre. For this festive concert I wanted to have a soloist from our orchestra, so I'm very happy that Jon Lewis will play the Hummel Trumpet Concerto."


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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony to Present Free Concert on February 21

February 11, 2016

Ensemble’s second outing of the season will take place at the Lobero Theatre and include works by Doppler, Bizet, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Beethoven.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, whose accomplished members hail from throughout the region, will present a free concert at the Lobero Theatre on February 21. Featuring selections from Doppler’s Concerto for 2 Flutes, the Bizet L’Arlésienne Suites, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, as well as “Procession of the Nobles” from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mlada, the performance will begin at 4 pm. The Lobero Theatre is located at 33 East Canon Perdido Street in Santa Barbara.


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[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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