Symphony News

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the Santa Barbara Symphony

January 09, 2017

Orchestra to perform live accompaniment for Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ at the Granada Theatre on January 28 and 29. Concerts also will feature Hindemith’s crowd-pleasing ‘Symphonic Metamorphosis.’ David Lockington will conduct.    

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor David Lockington, will provide stirring orchestral accompaniment to screened excerpts from Disney’s beloved Fantasia films at the Granada Theatre on January 28 and 29. Also featuring Hindemith’s richly colorful Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber as well as Maestro Lockington’s own Ceremonial Fantasy Fanfare, the performances will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, January 28, and at 3 pm on Sunday, January 29. Tickets are now available.

High-definition footage from both the original Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia 2000 will be shown. Accompanying repertoire will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 (with Donald Duck), and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (starring Mickey Mouse).          

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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Fall 2016 Concert Video

January 02, 2017

The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony in concert on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Lobero Theatre

Andy Radford, Music Director
Holly Radford, Violin

[Noozhawk] Symphony Offers Mellow Alternative for New Year’s Eve

December 29, 2016

Once again, the choice is ours: We can head straight to the nearest traditional New Year's Eve party — traditionally loud, gin-soaked, and frantic — or we can take a more circuitous and leisurely trip toward midnight aboard the Santa Barbara Symphony's annual New Year’s Eve Pops Concert.

Starting at 8:30 p.m., this year as every year, the two-hour program, in the Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., generally finishes around 10:30 p.m. — plenty of time for us to rush out to a wild party and make fools of ourselves.

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Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center Overview

December 20, 2016

Video produced by the Santa Barbara Bowl and Cox Communications

Santa Barbara Symphony to Present New Year’s Eve Pops Concert

December 07, 2016

Aerial performance troupe Cirque de la Symphonie will accentuate program of enduring favorites at the Granada Theatre.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor Bob Bernhardt, will usher in the year 2017 with a rousing New Year’s Eve pops concert at the historic Granada Theatre. Featuring an appearance by the spellbinding aerial performance troupe Cirque de la Symphonie, and a program of popular classics mixed with Broadway and film favorites, the performance will begin at 8:30 pm. Tickets are now available.

Musical selections will include themes from Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, and Mission Impossible, as well as beloved works by Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Sousa, Mozart, and Debussy. Santa Barbara Symphony Principal Michelle Temple will be the featured soloist for the first movement of Handel’s Harp Concerto in B-flat.  

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Santa Barbara Symphony Appoints Kevin A. Marvin Executive Director

November 30, 2016

Santa Barbara, CA — Kevin A. Marvin, whose bold administrative reforms have reinvigorated the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, has been named executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. He will succeed David Pratt, who was recently named chief executive of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia. Effective December 1, Mr. Marvin’s appointment caps a national search process that included input from Board members, staff, and Music Director Nir Kabaretti. The Symphony’s Board unanimously approved the appointment on October 26.

“The Symphony is very excited about the result of our robust executive search process. I am convinced that Kevin is the right individual to build on our recent momentum and position the Symphony for even greater success,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Board President Arthur Swalley. “It is remarkable that a city this size would boast so much leadership talent. We are honored to share this connection with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and deeply respect the organization’s family of supporters and its reputation for excellence.”

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