[Independent] Verdi Got a Birthday Bash on Sunday, January 26

January 29, 2014

Joining the ranks of many music organizations worldwide that have honored the 200th birth-iversary of opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, Santa Barbara Symphony did it up in a big way this past Sunday, with a large chorus, star-power soloists, and an all-Verdi program that highlighted eight of his 30 operas. It was all deeply satisfying, from the supreme melodist’s greatest hits to fortifying moments of fatal darkness. This tour through select arias and overtures demonstrated Verdi’s varied output and his subtle yet commanding emotional control.

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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Says ‘Viva Verdi!’

January 24, 2014

Those who can't wait for March — when Opera Santa Barbara will offer Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff — for their Verdi fix, will rejoice to learn, if they don't already know it, that the Santa Barbara Symphony will present two performances of a program loaded with "Verdi’s Greatest Opera Hits" at 8 p.m. this Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday n the Granada Theatre.

Nir Kabaretti will conduct the orchestra, with guest artists soprano Angel Joy Blue, tenor John Pickle and the Santa Barbara Choral Society.

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[Scene Magazine] Verdi-an Orchestral Maneuvers

January 24, 2014

In a program called "The Life of Verd" this weekend's Santa Barbara Symphony program features guest soloists on a musical journey celebrating the opera compsoer's 200th birthday

Under typical circumstances, the separate worlds of Symphonic and Operatic culture keep to their separate corners, as happens in Santa Barbara, as well. But the discrete worlds blithely collide in this weekend's Santa Barbara Symphony program dubbed, "Verdi's Greatest Opera Hits" in honor of the opera composer's 200th birthday.

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[Casa Magazine] The Verdi Maestro

January 23, 2014

In Italy, Giuseppe Verde is a rock star, and though his birth was two hundred years ago in 1813, his operas are still madly popular worldwide. Conductor Nir Kabaretti, in his eighth season with the Santa Barbara Symphony and a resient of Florence, will take his Santa Barbara audiences on a historical, as well as personally sentimental journey Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm in the Granada Theatre with an all-Verdi program of overtures, arias, and choruses.

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Verdi’s Greatest Opera Hits

January 14, 2014

[Independent] Winter Arts Preview

January 09, 2014

Pianist Hélène Grimaud gave an outstanding recital performance at the Lobero in November 2011 as part of the CAMA Masterseries, and now she’s coming back to perform as soloist with the Santa Barbara Symphony on the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor of Johannes Brahms. Grimaud is a 2013 Grammy-nominated Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, and her recent double CD of the two Brahms concertos appeared this year to widespread acclaim.

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