Santa Barbara Symphony News

[Scene Magazine] Guitar and Orchestra, Find Common Ground

November 17, 2017


In the moving ranks of concerto soloists appearing with the Santa Barbara Symphony, or most any full-service orchestra, a period usually elapses before an encore appearance is arranged. There are exceptions, such as with pianist Alessio Bax's frequent repeat visits as soloist with the sadly now retired Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra in recent years. Add to that speedy return list the Spanish-born and internationally acclaimed guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas, featured soloist in this weekend's Santa Barbara Symphony concerts at the Granada Theatre.

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SB Symphony & SB Center for the Performing Arts to Present ‘The Carnival of the Animals’

November 14, 2017

Interactive activities for children and families will precede the performance. Ticket prices start at just $10; family 4-packs available for $25. 

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, will present a special family performance of The Carnival of the Animals, Camille Saint-Saëns’ delightful musical suite, at 3 pm on Saturday, November 25, in the Granada Theatre. Conducted by special guest Lara Webber, host and narrator Andrew Firestone, and featuring pianists Robert Cassidy and Santa Barbara Symphony Principal Natasha Kislenko, the 45-minute performance will be preceded by interactive musical activities in the Granada lobby organized by the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Symphony’s own Music Van, and the Santa Barbara Public Library. Ticket prices start at $10; family 4-packs are available for $25. Premium loge seating costs $50. Tickets can be purchased at or through the Granada box office, (805) 899-2222.

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Guitarist Extraordinaire Pablo Sáinz Villegas to Perform with the Santa Barbara Symphony

October 29, 2017

Granada Theatre performances on November 18 and 19 will kick off the virtuoso’s tenure as the orchestra’s inaugural artist-in-residence.

Santa Barbara, CA — Classical guitar master Pablo Sáinz Villegas, hailed by The New York Times for his “virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance,” will perform Joaquín Rodrigo’s sensuous Concierto de Aranjuez and Isaac Albéniz’s evocative Souvenirs of Spain with the Santa Barbara Symphony at 8 pm on Saturday, November 18, and at 3 pm on Sunday, November 19. Also including suites from Manuel de Falla’s ballet El Amor Brujo and Bizet’s magnificent incidental music for Alphonse Daudet’s play L’arlésienne, the performances will take place at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street in Santa Barbara. Priced from $29, tickets can be purchased at or through the Granada box office, (805) 899-2222.

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Candlelight at the Presidio

October 27, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017
The Santa Barbara Presidio
123 East Canon Perdido Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

6pm Hors d'oeuvres Reception
7:30pm Spanish Guitar Recital with Artist-in-Residence, Pablo Sáinz Villegas

Join the Santa Barbara Symphony in welcoming renowned soloist Pablo Sáinz Villegas as our 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence! Enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres and wine at a private reception in downtown Santa Barbara. Let the passion and romance of Spanish Guitar enchant you as Pablo Sáinz Villegas gives an exclusive recital inside a candlelit Presidio Chapel. This is an event you won’t want to miss, so call 805-880-6931 to reserve your spot!

Tickets: $100 per person

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[Independent] ‘Mozart in Dance’ at the Granada

October 19, 2017

Symphony and Ballet Teamed Up for a Triumphant Mozart ‘Requiem’ on October 14

This extraordinary program represented the most impressive collaboration yet between State Street Ballet and the Santa Barbara Symphony. Following an outstanding performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 “Jupiter” by the symphony alone during the first portion of the program, the stage was split into two tiers at intermission. On the upper rear level, maestro Nir Kabaretti and the orchestra took their places, with a large chorus positioned on steep bleachers at stage right. The lower tier, closer to the audience, provided a platform for 19 dancers and four vocal soloists to bring Mozart’s grand Requiem in D Minor, K. 626 to life.

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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Satisfies in Season Opener With State Street Ballet

October 18, 2017

Program includes Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony and his final, “unfinished” work, the 'Requiem Mass'

The Santa Barbara Symphony is making a habit of joining forces with local arts organizations, and we’re all better off for it. The orchestra opened its new season last weekend at the Granada Theatre with Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony and his final, “unfinished” work, the Requiem Mass.

And the State Street Ballet gave its first 2016-17 performance with world premiere choreography by William Soleau.

The blended program brought together a multigenerational audience ranging — from seasoned symphony patrons to bunheads in patent leather Mary Janes at the Sunday matinee. Complimentary champagne and gentle AC on a hot afternoon cultivated a receptive mood.

Conductor Nir Kabaretti entered to applause from an audience that obviously loves him, and gracefully and with levity recovered from a stumble over the foot of his concertmaster.

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