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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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