Santa Barbara Symphony News

Free Santa Barbara Symphony Concert “Music for Healing and Community”

January 15, 2018

Free Santa Barbara Symphony Concert “Music for Healing and Community,” A Community Benefit Embracing the Healing Power of Music.

Santa Barbara, CA—The Santa Barbara Symphony, in partnership with Montecito Bank & Trust and the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, invites the community to gather on Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Granada Theater for a free concert featuring Artist-in-Residence, Pablo Sáinz Villegas accompanied by a small orchestra.

This will be an evening of community and comfort, with the healing power of music. Pablo Sáinz Villegas and the orchestra will present an intimate and uplifting performance. 

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Santa Barbara Symphony to Provide Orchestral Accompaniment for Screenings of ‘The Red Violin’

January 05, 2018

Unique concerts will take place January 20 & 21 at the Granada Theatre.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor Carolyn Kuan, will perform John Corigliano’s Academy Award-winning score for The Red Violin, accompanied by François Girard’s engrossing film in its entirety, at the Granada Theatre on Saturday, January 20, and Sunday, January 21. Featuring Canadian violinist Lara St. John as soloist, the concerts will take place at 8 pm on January 20 and at 3 pm on January 21. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at or by calling 805-899-2222.

“What a way to start the new year! Lara St. John will remarkably recreate the demanding solo passages depicted on screen, in what amounts to a virtuosic two-hour concerto. We are very pleased to present this exciting pairing of film and live symphonic music,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin.

Mr. Girard’s 1998 drama traces the intricate history of an exquisite antique violin from its creation in 17th century Italy to an auction room in modern-day Montreal. During the intervening centuries the instrument figures prominently in the lives of its owners in Austria, Oxford, and China during the Cultural Revolution. The large ensemble cast includes Samuel L. Jackson and Greta Scacchi. Roger Ebert described The Red Violin as having “the kind of sweep and vision that we identify with elegant features from decades ago.” Violinist extraordinaire Joshua Bell performed the solos on the soundtrack, which was conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Mr. Corigliano received an Academy Award for his magnificent film score in 2000.

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Meet Our Musicians - Andy Radford

January 02, 2018

The first installment of the Meet Our Musicians series features Principal Bassoonist Andy Radford.

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 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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Thomas Fire Temporary Office Closure

December 11, 2017

Due to the ongoing Thomas Fire, the Santa Barbara Symphony office will be closed on Monday, December 11. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, December 12. We apologize for any inconvenience.

[Independent] The Santa Barbara Symphony and Pablo Sáinz Villegas are Two Peas in a Classical Pod

November 20, 2017

The Guitar Virtuoso Pablo Sáinz Villegas is in Residence

Maestro Nir Kabaretti has found a captivating collaborator in Pablo Sáinz Villegas, the Spanish guitarist who performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony on November 18 and 19, and who has been the orchestra’s inaugural artist-in-residence this fall. The program featured two substantial selections featuring Sáinz Villegas, Rodrigo’s classic Concierto de Aranjuez and a world premiere of an adaptation for guitar and orchestra of themes from Isaac Albéniz that was composed by Patrick Russ, a graduate of UCSB. These selections were balanced by a pair of forceful works chosen for the orchestra — Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo and the Suite No. 2 from L’Arlésienne by Georges Bizet.

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