Symphony News

Meet Our Musicians - Jon Lewis

February 16, 2018

[Voice Magazine] Celebrating Leonard Bernstein and the Great American Songbook

February 16, 2018

It's not often the worlds of music, dance, and theater come together as one to celebrate the life and art of a single person. All around the globe 2018 is the Leonard Bernstein year, marking the composer’s 100th birthday with performances of his music for the concert and Broadway stages in cities large and small.

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s pair of concerts at the Granada Theatre this weekend on Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm will salute Bernstein’s music, while also honoring his passion for new music with the world premiere of local composer Robin Frost’s Piano Concerto, featuring the orchestra’s house pianist, Natasha Kislenko. 

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[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 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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