Symphony News

[Independent] Symphony Celebrates Leonard Bernstein

February 16, 2018

Lisa Vroman to Sing with Orchestra and Chorus

Maestro Leonard Bernstein achieved success as a composer for both the concert hall and the Broadway musical stage; his ballet scores were as irresistible to the public as were his popular songs. In an era when such comprehensive cultural impact seemed like a thing of the past, Bernstein demonstrated that it was still possible, and what’s more, that if it was done well, people would stop worrying about which was which.


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Santa Barbara Symphony to Celebrate 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein

February 01, 2018

Concerts on February 17 & 18 at the Granada Theatre will feature celebrated soprano Lisa Vroman, and include a new work by local composer Robin Frost.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will pay tribute to the musical genius of Leonard Bernstein with performances that highlight the breadth of his legacy on Saturday, February 17, and Sunday, February 18. Featuring award-winning soprano Lisa Vroman and singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, the concerts will take place at 8 pm on February 17 and at 3 pm on February 18 at the Granada Theatre. The program will include some of Bernstein’s best-known works, including melodies from the ballet Fancy Free and his timeless West Side Story, as well as Aaron Copland’s Quiet City and the world premiere of a piano concerto by acclaimed Santa Barbara-based composer Robin Frost. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at www.granadasb.org or by calling 805-899-2222.


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Meet Our Musicians - Natasha Kislenko

January 29, 2018


Santa Barbara Symphony’s Red Violin Postponed to June 16-17

January 15, 2018

Santa Barbara, CA—The Red Violin previously scheduled for Saturday and Sunday January 20 and 21, has been postponed until June 16 and 17. Tickets purchased for the Red Violin with live orchestral accompaniment with the Santa Barbara Symphony and Guest Soloist Lara St. John are automatically transferred to the June dates. No action is required by current ticketholders.

Due to the limited access to and through the Santa Barbara area for our musicians and subscribers, and because of the emotional impact of the fire and flooding in the Ventura, Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito areas, The Santa Barbara Symphony decided to postpone The Red Violin concerts this weekend. Instead the Symphony will offer a free and uplifting community concert with Artist-in-Residence Pablo Sáinz Villegas and a small accompanying orchestra on Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 at the Granada Theater. The free community benefit concert is presented in partnership with Montecito Bank & Trust and the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts.


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Free Santa Barbara Symphony Concert “Music for Healing and Community”

January 15, 2018

Free Santa Barbara Symphony Concert “Music for Healing and Community,” A Community Benefit Embracing the Healing Power of Music.

Santa Barbara, CA—The Santa Barbara Symphony, in partnership with Montecito Bank & Trust and the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, invites the community to gather on Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Granada Theater for a free concert featuring Artist-in-Residence, Pablo Sáinz Villegas accompanied by a small orchestra.

This will be an evening of community and comfort, with the healing power of music. Pablo Sáinz Villegas and the orchestra will present an intimate and uplifting performance. 


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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 www.granadasb.org 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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