Symphony News

Santa Barbara Symphony to Present Mahler’s Epic Symphony No. 6

April 05, 2018

Performances – the orchestra’s first of Mahler’s poignant masterpiece –will take place April 21 and 22 at the Granada Theatre.  

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will present Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 6 for the first time in its 64-year history on Saturday, April 21, at the Granada Theatre. An encore performance will take place on Sunday, April 22. Presented without intermission, the concerts will start at 8 pm on April 21 and at 3 pm on April 22. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at www.granadasb.org or by calling 805-899-2222.

Occasionally referred to by the sobriquet “Tragic” (an appellation the composer ultimately discarded), Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 is by turns brooding and combative. A reviewer who attended the composition’s 1906 premiere lauded its “nerve-wracking intensity.” The Sixth is renowned for the hammer strokes – or so-called “blows of fate” – that arise at climactic points in the work’s finale.


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Santa Barbara Symphony Announces 65th Anniversary Season

April 03, 2018

Curated by Music Director Nir Kabaretti, the 2018-19 program includes collaborations with State Street Ballet, Ensemble Theatre Company, and other local performers. Season opens October 20.

Santa Barbara, CA — Subscription sales are underway for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 65th anniversary season, which will open October 20 with compelling works by Dohnányi, Gershwin, and Berlioz. The orchestra will present a total of nine deeply satisfying programs at the Granada Theatre over the course of the season, including three non-subscription concerts. Series packages start at $163.

“Our 65th anniversary season is all about underscoring the Santa Barbara Symphony’s role in the community as a musical and cultural cornerstone,” said Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin. “To that end, we’ll offer an extraordinary mix of masterpieces, lesser-known gems, popular favorites, and unique artistic collaborations. Audiences have come to expect adventurous and rewarding programming from the Santa Barbara Symphony. Our 2018-19 season will deliver that in abundance.”


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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Salutes Bernstein with All-American Tribute

March 02, 2018

​The Santa Barbara Symphony has performed some dynamite concerts under the leadership of Music and Artistic Director Nir Kabaretti this season, but the "Bernstein & Americana" pair Feb. 17-18 at the Granada Theatre kicked up a particularly satisfying vibe that likely gave most in the audience a buzz for a couple of days.

The program primarily focused on a wide-ranging travelogue of the music of Leonard Bernstein in celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday. Also featured were works by American composers Aaron Copland and Santa Barbara’s Robin Frost. Pianist Natasha Kislenko, principal keyboardist with the symphony and a major musical presence in this community, performed the world premiere of Frost’s Piano Concerto, and symphony principals Jon Lewis on trumpet and Sarah Beck on English horn paired for Copland’s haunting Quiet City for Strings, Trumpet and English Horn.


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Acclaimed Pianist Alexander Romanovsky to Perform Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 with SB Symphony

March 01, 2018

Concerts on March 24 and 25 also will feature Britten’s ‘Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’ and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

Santa Barbara, CA — Ukrainian piano virtuoso Alexander Romanovsky, whose extraordinary technique and interpretive acumen have garnered critical plaudits in the United States and Europe, will perform Franz Liszt’s incandescent first piano concerto with the Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, on Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25. Also featuring The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Benjamin Britten’s irresistible, age-defying symphonic tutorial, as well as Tchaikovsky’s spectacular Symphony No. 5, the concerts will take place at 8 pm on March 24 and at 3 pm on March 25 at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre. 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 - 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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