Santa Barbara Symphony News

[Montecito Journal] Quint and Korngold

April 09, 2015

When then Santa Barbara Symphony decided to pay tribute to America's influence on composers around the world with Korngold's Violin Concerto No. 1 as the centerpiece, Philippe Quint was the obvious choice for soloist. The oft-Grammy nominated Russian-American violinist has made the piece one of his repertoire staples and is on record as championing the concerto's brilliance. Quint talked via email about the Korngold, which sits between modern Japanese-American composer Karen Tanaka's "Guardian Angel" and Czech composer Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World") on this weekend's concert at the Granada.

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[Independent] Violinist Chad Hoopes Gave Audiences an Impression of Spain

March 19, 2015

Cultures can be experienced and assessed directly, yet sometimes a more revealing approach is to listen for echoes from the outside. Sure, you will find caricatures and distortions, but you might also find a wisely naïve discernment of spirit. Santa Barbara Symphony’s program Impressions of Spain accordingly was weighted toward the aroma of Spain from nonnative sources: the Romantic imaginations of Frenchmen Édouard Lalo (1823-1892) and Jules Massenet (1842-1912) and Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908).

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Antioch in Conversation with Nir Kabaretti

March 18, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Community Hall at Antioch University (602 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara)
Free event

Maestro Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director for the Santa Barbara Symphony, will speak at Antioch University Santa Barbara as the next featured guest in the “Antioch In Conversation” series on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, from 4:30 to 6pm.

Kabaretti will discuss a variety of subjects – including topics related to conductors, musicians, symphonies, and opera companies. Newly appointed Symphony Executive Director David Pratt will introduce Kabaretti and also explain issues facing regional symphonies such as Santa Barbara’s. The audience will be able to mingle with Kabaretti and Pratt at a pre-program reception, with light refreshments beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the AUSB Community Hall. Both will participate in an audience Q&A session at the end of the evening.

Born in Israel, Kabaretti has built an impressive résumé in both symphonic and operatic styles across the globe. He showed musical talent at an early age, studying first at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University and then at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

After graduating, Kabaretti was appointed chorus master at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. In 2002, he was named Principal Conductor of Israel’s Raanana Symphonette Orchestra before joining the Santa Barbara Symphony. Kabaretti also has served as the Music Director for the Southwest Florida Symphony since 2012.

The maestro has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, and Hélène Grimaud. Kabaretti also has been selected to serve as guest conductor for orchestras around the world: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, just to name a few.

[David Pratt] Kabaretti also has an operatic background that has featured his work on productions with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Real in Madrid, Opéra de Lausanne, The New National Theatre in Tokyo, Opera Santa Barbara, and more.

Australian native David Pratt recently joined the Santa Barbara Symphony as Executive Director after serving in the same position for the Savannah Philharmonic. Pratt also has held senior positions for the G’Day USA Festival connecting the U.S. and Australia, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Festival of Chamber of Music, and the Melbourne Film Office for the State of Victoria.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. 

Free Community Concert

February 26, 2015

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Junior Strings and Youth Symphony Winter 2015 Concerts

February 19, 2015

The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony and Junior Strings would like to invite you to their Winter Concerts!

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[Scene Magazine] Triangulated German passions

February 13, 2015

The Santa Barbara Symphony joins forces with Ensemble Theatre Company to present the theatrical retelling of the famous love triangle involving Robert Schumann, his wife Clara, and Johannes Brahms

For the symphony-going public, it might be possible to soak in the eloquent mid-19th-century sounds of music by Robert Schumann, his wife Clara and Mr. Schumann's protégé Johannes Brahms, appreciating the concert purely for music's sake. But, of course, historically and contextually, there is more than meets the ear with this special Valentine's Day program, having to do with the dramatic tale of the Schumanns and young Mr. Brahms, and, after Robert's descent into madness and early death, a would-be love interest of Clara.

It's a love triangle thing, which can't help but put an extra-musical spin on the agenda.

This weekend's program features Santa Barbara-based and world-traveled pianist Natasha Kislenko, Ojai-based actor Peter Strauss and the debut guest conducting appearance of Steven Sloane, who comes well-equipped for the task, and with Southern California roots. Though now based in Berlin and having led the respected German Bochum Symphony for 20 years, in addition to a busy life as guest conductor and opera conductor, Mr. Sloane grew up in Los Angeles and went to UCLA. He spent a decade in Israel, where, in fact, he met the then up-and-coming Santa Barbara Symphony music director Nir Kabaretti.

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