Symphony News

[Independent] Diving into ‘Mozart in Dance’

October 13, 2017

Santa Barbara Symphony and State Street Ballet Stage Mozart’s ‘Requiem’

The grand final work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his Requiem K. 626, shows the composer as an acute observer of human behavior and an incomparable master of musical form. His cantabile style had been honed to gleaming perfection in such works as The Magic Flute and Così Fan Tutti, yet the serious subject and the composer’s even more serious condition bring out a depth of feeling that distinguishes this celebration of the Mass from his operatic works. On Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 15, the Santa Barbara Symphony and State Street Ballet will present an ambitious new dance version of Mozart’s Requiem featuring original choreography by William Soleau, a professional chorus of approximately 80 singers, and a quartet of top vocal soloists: Jeanette Vecchione-Donatti, soprano; Nina Yoshida Nelsen, mezzo; Benjamin Bliss, tenor; and DeAndre Simmons, bass. Although maestro Nir Kabaretti freely admitted that “pairing dancing with a Catholic mass is highly original, to say the least,” choreographer Soleau assured us that the Requiem is actually “the most frequently choreographed work by Mozart, thanks to its sublime music.”


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SB Symphony to Open New Season with a Spectacular All-Mozart Program and a Ballet World Premiere

September 26, 2017

Concerts on October 14 and 15 will feature a collaboration with State Street Ballet and renowned choreographer William Soleau.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will assemble singers and dancers from throughout the region for an extraordinary all-Mozart concert – including a ballet world premiere – to open its 2017-18 season on Saturday, October 14. Featuring Mozart’s miraculous final symphony and his famed Requiem, the latter augmented with a new work by renowned choreographer William Soleau, the concert will take place at 8 pm, followed by an encore performance at 3 pm on Sunday, October 15. Performances will take place at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street in Santa Barbara. Priced from $29, tickets can be purchased at thesymphony.org or through the Granada box office, (805) 899-2222.

“Pairing dancing with a Catholic mass is highly original to say the least,” said Maestro Kabaretti, entering his 12th season as the Santa Barbara Symphony’s music director. “There are cultures in which dance is an accepted, even integral, part of funeral rites, and inspired by that I thought it would be fascinating to have dancers join us for Mozart’s Requiem. The Requiem is Mozart’s last piece of music, and combined with his final symphony (the “Jupiter”) represents Mozart at his best. And for the first time ever, we have auditioned and selected chorus members specifically for this project.”


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Santa Barbara Symphony Single Tickets on Sale September 15

September 13, 2017

New season will open October 14 in collaboration with State Street Ballet and renowned choreographer William Soleau. Subscriptions remain available.

Santa Barbara, CA — Single tickets for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s highly anticipated 2017-18 season will go on sale at 10 am on Friday, September 15. The orchestra will present a total of nine compelling programs over the course of its coming season, which opens October 14 with an extraordinary all-Mozart concert featuring a ballet world premiere. Performances take place at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street in Santa Barbara. Priced from $29, tickets can be purchased at thesymphony.org or through the Granada box office, (805) 899-2222. Complete season program information is available online at thesymphony.org.

Priced from $65, subscriptions remain available and provide the best value. Subscribers save as much as 40 percent off single-ticket prices and receive special benefits throughout the season. To order subscriptions, visit thesymphony.org or call (805) 898-9386.

“We are very proud of this season’s program and expect demand for tickets to be quite strong. In fact, our first concerts of 2017-18 are already generating considerable excitement in the community,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin.


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KZSB AM 1290 Music Education Center Interview

July 28, 2017

Music Van docent Mary Jane Cooper and Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Music Director Andy Radford appeared on the Elizabeth Stewart Show on KZSB AM 1290 and talked about the Music Education Center.


Santa Barbara Symphony to Hold Youth Ensemble Auditions

July 24, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony will hold auditions for its Junior Orchestra and Youth Symphony at Santa Barbara Community Church on August 14, 16, and 19. Auditions for violinists will take place on Monday, August 14; auditions for violists, cellists, and bassists will take place on Wednesday, August 16; and auditions for wind, brass, and percussion players will take place on Saturday, August 19. To schedule an appointment, call 805-898-9526 or email kblakey@thesymphony.org.

“These ensembles offer exceptional instructional and performance opportunities for young instrumentalists,” said Dr. Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony. “Program participants invariably show remarkable growth as musicians and as individuals. I encourage families throughout the community to take part in the audition process.”


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Santa Barbara Symphony Volunteer Receives ‘MVP’ Award at Annual Conference

July 20, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Mary Jane Cooper, a longtime Santa Barbara Symphony volunteer, was honored with a Most Valuable Player Award at a luncheon held today as part of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras’ (ACSO) annual conference in Los Angeles. Ms. Cooper was recognized for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the Music Van, the Santa Barbara Symphony’s award-winning outreach program for area children.  

“Mary Jane Cooper personifies all the admirable qualities we see in so many of our volunteers – dedication to our community’s youth, a genuine love of music, a warmly engaging personality, and a generosity of spirit. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin.


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