Santa Barbara Symphony News

New Year’s Eve Pops

November 29, 2018

Ring in the New Year with Santa Barbara Symphony’s Motown Take on New Year’s Eve Pops!

Under the baton of guest conductor Bob Bernhardt, vocalists join the Santa Barbara Symphony to perform classic Motown hits in “Dancing in the Streets: The Music of Motown and More”

The Santa Barbara Symphony continues its beloved tradition of New Year’s Eve Pops, this year featuring the magic of the music from Motown, with  Dancing in the Streets: The Music of Motown and More, A Symphonic Tribute to Motown on Monday, December 31st from 8:30 -10:30 pm, at the historic Granada Theatre.

Bob Bernhardt returns as guest conductor for this festive New Year’s Eve tradition.  This year the musical celebration also features the soulful vocals of three talented artists, American Idol finalist Michael Lynche; Broadway veteran Chester Gregory, who has starred on Broadway as Berry Gordy in Motown the Musical, and toured nationally with Dreamgirls and Sister Act;  and New York City-based vocalist and songwriter Shayna Steele. Alongside the Santa Barbara Symphony, these talented vocalists will perform authentic arrangements and popular favorites including Dancing in the Street, Let’s Groove Tonight and Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours, channeling all the great Motown artists like Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder and more!

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November 27, 2018

The Santa Barbara Symphony is excited to participate in the national campaign #GivingTuesday. A global day of giving, this is your chance to help us make a difference! Please consider donating to help the Santa Barbara Symphony continue to provide high quality music education programs, such as the Music Van and private lessons, to the young people in our community. 

As our organization grows, the number of students participating in programs like Bravo grows as well. Last year our programs reached over 10,000 students!

The Santa Barbara Symphony has a commitment that it will not turn away any qualifying student because of an inability to pay tuition. No student will be held back from the opportunity because of financial hardship. This is where your contributions towards music education will make all the difference. You can help us reach our goal on #GivingTuesday! A little or a lot, every dollar counts!

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The Symphony on the News - Holiday Pops Preview

November 19, 2018

The Symphony recently had the opportunity to promote our Holiday Pops concert on the news, take a look!

Best of Santa Barabara

November 07, 2018

Thank you for voting! 

We are extremely proud to have been one of the winners of Best of Santa Barbara 2018!

We appreciate your continued support of our world-class symphony and look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming performances!

Rite of Spring

November 02, 2018

The Santa Barbara Symphony Welcomes Actor Christopher Lloyd, State Street Ballet & Ensemble Theatre Company for an Unforgettable Performance

On November 17 & 18, performing arts powerhouses join forces to present A Soldiers Tale 
The evening closes with the Symphony performing legendary The Rite of Spring

Santa Barbara, CA. (October, 2018) –  The Santa Barbara Symphony continues its landmark 65th season with Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, on Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 pm at The Granada Theatre.  Paired with this dramatic piece, the Symphony will perform A Soldier’s Tale, with legendary actor Christopher Lloyd, who will narrate alongside dancers from State Street Ballet and actors from Ensemble Theatre Company.

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For Artistic Director, Ball is Well On Music

October 09, 2018

by Steven Libowitz

If the Santa Barbara Symphony were an individual, it would have just qualified to start collecting Social Security. But instead of kicking back and resting on its laurels at age 65, hunkering down reminiscing over good times from a rocking chair, the orchestral organization is instead amping up its ambitions in just about every way, from fundraising to outreach and programming.

Not that the Santa Barbara Symphony doesn’t have a lot to be proud of in its past, a history that includes its humble beginnings as a community orchestra, through the Arujan Kojian era, when the conductor’s international experience led to a measured growth of the ensemble’s artistry, to the current artistic director, Nir Kabaretti, who signed on in 2006 as the ensemble’s sixth music director and two years later led the Santa Barbara Symphony into a new era at the newly restored Granada Theatre. 

Along the way, the organization has seen an explosive expansion in its professionalism, as open seats have become highly sought-after by top music school graduates and experienced players. “Our artistic product has vastly improved just since I’ve been here,” said Kabaretti, who has overseen a sizeable changeover in chairs during his tenure. “I’m very happy with our roster right now, and it just keeps getting better.”

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