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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Program Explores the Romantic Soul

February 13, 2015

The Santa Barbara Symphony, under guest conductor Steven Sloane, will send us a deluxe Valentine's Day greeting for this month's concerts, at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Granada Theatre.

Manfred Lord Byron’s Manfred inspired many artists, including German painter Caspar David Friedrich. The concerts, called "Valentine’s Love Letters," will also feature the talents of pianist Natasha Kislenko, actor Peter Strauss and director Jonathan Fox (of the Ensemble Theatre Co.).

The concerts are organized around the possibility that there was a "famous love triangle" involving the composer Robert Schumann (1810-1856), his wife, the pianist and composer, Clara Josephine Wieck Schumann (1819-1896), and Schumann's young protégé, the composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Between performances of their works, Peter Strauss will read selections from their letters to each other.

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[News-Press] Symphonic screen shots

January 26, 2015

The latest Santa Barbara Symphony program steers into cinematic and Chaplin-esque terrain

Taking a detour from its conventional programming path, the Santa Barbara Symphony made a filmic turn with its latest program, last weekend at The Granada. It could have been an unofficial pre-opening event for the big Santa Barbara International Film Festival that sweeps into town this week. In the main attraction position of the Symphony's concert was a screening, that being Charlie Chaplin's complete "City Lights," with a live— and very fine— orchestra in the onstage "pit," with a few film-related shorter pieces before intermission, accentuating the symphony-film connection.

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[News-Press] Music’s cause trumpeted for young ears

January 16, 2015

On Thursday morning, all was not status quo around the 1200 block of State Street. Passersby may have been startled by the sight of a friendly invasion of school children, an orderly pileup of small people lining the sidewalks between Anapamu and Victoria streets, with a caravan of yellow school buses circling the block surrounding the Granada Theatre.

It was all for a good and culturally worthy cause, part of the Santa Barbara Symphony's "Concerts for Young People" series, in which busloads of elementary age children from around the area - in this case, 2,600 children brought in on field trips from 33 local schools - are given exposure to the workings of a real, live symphony orchestra.

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[Independent] A Symphonic City Lights

January 15, 2015

Santa Barbara Symphony Plays Chaplin Score

When Charlie Chaplin entered the studio in 1928 to begin production on City Lights, silent film was already on the way out, and the greatest star of the silent era knew it. Despite his sense that the heyday of silent comedy was over, Chaplin still had faith that if he made a feature film his way and on his terms, it could succeed. One reason for the Tramp’s confidence was his ability to do it all — he not only starred in films but also could write, produce, and direct. But Chaplin still had more in his creative arsenal, including the ability to score, which is exactly what he did for City Lights, which many still consider to be his greatest cinematic achievement.

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[Casa Magazine] Charlie Chaplin’s Masterpiece

January 09, 2015

City Lights will screen as it was originally intended--with full symphony orchestra--when UCSB Arts & Lectures and the Santa Barbara Symphony co-produce a pair of concerts Saturday, January 17th at 8pm and Sunday, January 18th at 3pm at the Granada Theatre.

Chaplin, the comic actor of extraordinary imagination, celebrated film director, and co-founder of United Artists Studio, once won an Academy Award for music composition. In his film City Lights Chaplin developed the art form of the film score as complementary to the on-screen action in a way that accerlated the story and increased the comedy, a unique style that has come to be known as Chaplinesque. Even though Chaplin cound neither read nor write music, he worked with many of Hollywood's best musicians to create some of the first complete & specific scores for film.

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[Montecito Journal] Pops music

January 08, 2015

The Granada was bursting at the seams when the Santa Barbara Symphony hosted its annual New Year's Eve Pops concert with pianist Michael Chertock and clarinetist Donald Foster.

As the talented musicians vied with the sounds of popping champagne corks, noise-makers and the rustle of party hats, conductor Bob Bernhardt, making his fourth consecutive appearance, took them through their paces with the two-hour program split equally between Boston Pops works from the time of Arthur Fiedler, who wielded his baton in the Massachusetts city for 50 years, and multi-Oscar winning composer John Williams, winner of 21 Grammy Awards, as well as four Golden Globes.

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