Symphony News

Guitarist Extraordinaire Pablo Sáinz Villegas to Perform with the Santa Barbara Symphony

October 29, 2017

Granada Theatre performances on November 18 and 19 will kick off the virtuoso’s tenure as the orchestra’s inaugural artist-in-residence.

Santa Barbara, CA — Classical guitar master Pablo Sáinz Villegas, hailed by The New York Times for his “virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance,” will perform Joaquín Rodrigo’s sensuous Concierto de Aranjuez and Isaac Albéniz’s evocative Souvenirs of Spain with the Santa Barbara Symphony at 8 pm on Saturday, November 18, and at 3 pm on Sunday, November 19. Also including suites from Manuel de Falla’s ballet El Amor Brujo and Bizet’s magnificent incidental music for Alphonse Daudet’s play L’arlésienne, the performances will take place at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street in Santa Barbara. Priced from $29, tickets can be purchased at or through the Granada box office, (805) 899-2222.

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Candlelight at the Presidio

October 27, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017
The Santa Barbara Presidio
123 East Canon Perdido Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

6pm Hors d'oeuvres Reception
7:30pm Spanish Guitar Recital with Artist-in-Residence, Pablo Sáinz Villegas

Join the Santa Barbara Symphony in welcoming renowned soloist Pablo Sáinz Villegas as our 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence! Enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres and wine at a private reception in downtown Santa Barbara. Let the passion and romance of Spanish Guitar enchant you as Pablo Sáinz Villegas gives an exclusive recital inside a candlelit Presidio Chapel. This is an event you won’t want to miss, so call 805-880-6931 to reserve your spot!

Tickets: $100 per person

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[Independent] ‘Mozart in Dance’ at the Granada

October 19, 2017

Symphony and Ballet Teamed Up for a Triumphant Mozart ‘Requiem’ on October 14

This extraordinary program represented the most impressive collaboration yet between State Street Ballet and the Santa Barbara Symphony. Following an outstanding performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 “Jupiter” by the symphony alone during the first portion of the program, the stage was split into two tiers at intermission. On the upper rear level, maestro Nir Kabaretti and the orchestra took their places, with a large chorus positioned on steep bleachers at stage right. The lower tier, closer to the audience, provided a platform for 19 dancers and four vocal soloists to bring Mozart’s grand Requiem in D Minor, K. 626 to life.

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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Satisfies in Season Opener With State Street Ballet

October 18, 2017

Program includes Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony and his final, “unfinished” work, the 'Requiem Mass'

The Santa Barbara Symphony is making a habit of joining forces with local arts organizations, and we’re all better off for it. The orchestra opened its new season last weekend at the Granada Theatre with Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony and his final, “unfinished” work, the Requiem Mass.

And the State Street Ballet gave its first 2016-17 performance with world premiere choreography by William Soleau.

The blended program brought together a multigenerational audience ranging — from seasoned symphony patrons to bunheads in patent leather Mary Janes at the Sunday matinee. Complimentary champagne and gentle AC on a hot afternoon cultivated a receptive mood.

Conductor Nir Kabaretti entered to applause from an audience that obviously loves him, and gracefully and with levity recovered from a stumble over the foot of his concertmaster.

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Guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas to Serve as the Symphony’s Inaugural Artist-in-Residence

October 16, 2017

Virtuoso will perform at the Granada Theatre and participate in community programming during the coming season.

Santa Barbara, CA — Classical guitar virtuoso Pablo Sáinz Villegas, whose charismatic stage presence and formidable technique have dazzled audiences throughout much of the world, will headline a pair of concerts at the Granada Theatre and take part in multiple community outreach events as the Santa Barbara Symphony’s inaugural artist-in-residence during the 2017-18 season. Mr. Villegas, who captivated local audiences in a pair of electrifying concerts to conclude the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2015-16 season, will rejoin the orchestra for Joaquín Rodrigo’s sensuous Concierto de Aranjuez as well as Isaac Albéniz’s evocative Souvenirs of Spain at the Granada Theatre on November 18 and 19. He will also perform a solo concert at the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara on November 16, and present educational programs for area children at The Granada on January 18 and 19. Additional events are being planned.

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[Scene Magazine] Mozart in Choreographic Motion

October 13, 2017


As happened before, the Santa Barbara Symphony will be dancing its way into a new season this weekend in an all-Mozart program. Two years ago, the Symphony kicked off its new season wiht a version of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," in one of its collaborations with State Street Ballet. In past seasons, the local art institutions have also met up on the terrain of Stravinsky's "Firebird" and Copland's "Appalachian Spring." 

The organizations will meet up again at the Granada stage this weekend, but on a less-expected music-dance theme: a newly choreographed ballet by William Soleau, based on Mozart's "Requiem." Late period Amadeus is the musical meat of the program's matter. Along with the "Requiem," Mozart's celebrated final--and unfinished--work, the Symphony's music director Nir Kabaretti will also lead the orchestra in a performance of Mozart's majestic, final symphony, the No. 41 ("Jupiter").

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