Press Releases

The Santa Barbara Symphony Presents Amadeus Live

March 14, 2019

Experience the award-winning motion picture Amadeus with Mozart's most celebrated score performed live by the Santa Barbara Symphony for a multimedia performance like no other!

The Santa Barbara Symphony continues their 65th Anniversary season this March, with a performance of Amadeus Live, featuring guest conductor Dirk Brossé, and pianist Natasha Kislenko alongside the Santa Barbara Symphony choir, on Saturday,  March 16 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 pm at The Granada Theatre.


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Santa Barbara Symphony Welcomes Daniel Burnham, Sarah Chrisman & Janet Garufis to Board of Directors

February 01, 2019

The Santa Barbara Symphony is honored to welcome Daniel Burnham, Sarah Chrisman and Janet Garufis, to the Board of Directors. The Symphony’s Board works to support the organization’s mission to enrich the community by creating powerful musical experiences performed with passion and excellence, and by providing indispensable music education and community engagement.

“I am thrilled to welcome these three community leaders to The Santa Barbara Symphony’s Board of Directors.” shared Kevin A. Marvin, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. “ Their experience and commitment to the arts in Santa Barbara is unparalleled, and as the Symphony continues our forward momentum providing the community with world class performances and programs, these leaders will be essential in guiding that vision.” 


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Beethoven’s Triple Press Release

January 30, 2019

The Santa Barbara Symphony Sets the Stage for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

Continuing its 65th Anniversary season, the Symphony presents a triad of works including Schwantner’s Chasing Light, Beethoven’s Triple, and Schuman’s Symphony No. 3

This February, The Santa Barbara Symphony continues their 65th Anniversary season with a performance of Beethoven’s Triple, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, on Saturday, February 16 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, February 17 at 3:00 pm at The Granada Theatre.


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Pictures at an Exhibition

December 31, 2018

The Santa Barbara Symphony Presents Pictures at an Exhibition, a Multisensory Performance Combining Music, Animation & Film

Kicking off the New Year in celebratory fashion, the Santa Barbara Symphony presents a one-of-a-kind, multimedia performance on January 19 & 20

The Santa Barbara Symphony continues its 65th Anniversary season by kicking off the New Year with two performances of Pictures at an Exhibition, on January 19 at 8:00 pm and January 20 at 3:00 pm at The Granada Theatre. Maestro Nir Kabaretti will lead the Santa Barbara Symphony in a one-of-a-kind multimedia presentation of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, featuring an animated film created by students and graduates at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Additionally, the symphony will perform Brahams' Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, featuring concertmaster Jessica Guideri and principal cellist, Trevor Handy.


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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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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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