Santa Barbara Symphony News

[Independent] Maestro’s Favorites Concert Review

March 17, 2016

An ebullient Maestro Nir Kabaretti took the stage last weekend to lead the orchestra in a celebration of his first decade as music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. Reminiscing about his debut/audition, which happened across State Street at the Arlington, Kabaretti avoided the subject of Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, to which the group was returning, in favor of making a heartfelt statement of gratitude toward what he termed his “musical family,” meaning not only the musicians in the orchestra but also the leaders of the organization and the audience in the community. The concert opened with the Prelude to Die Meistersinger of Richard Wagner, a piece clearly intended to show the fluidity with which the full orchestra negotiates a challenging score. A busy piece full of multiple themes and dramatic devices, it whetted the crowd’s appetite for the Brahms, which also makes full use of every section and instrument.

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Santa Barbara Symphony to Celebrate Area’s Intimate Bond with the Sea

March 16, 2016

Concerts on April 9 and 10 also will feature guest artist Timothy Chooi performing Tchaikovsky’s timeless Violin Concerto.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will celebrate the region’s shimmering coastal waters with a program titled “Sounds of the Ocean” at the historic Granada Theatre on April 9 and 10. Featured works will include Michael Torke’s uplifting Bright Blue Music, “Four Sea Interludes” from Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, and Claude Debussy’s enduring and influential La Mer. Also featuring wunderkind Timothy Chooi as a guest soloist on Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto, performances will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, April 9, and at 3 pm on Sunday, April 10. Tickets are now available.

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[Montecito Journal] After a decade, Symphony still Nir to Kabaretti’s heart

March 10, 2016

[Independent] S.B. Symphony Celebrates 10 Years of Nir

March 10, 2016

Concert Features Jon Lewis as Trumpet Soloist

In 2006, Nir Kabaretti auditioned to become music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony by conducting Brahms at the Arlington Theatre. The hiring committee clearly liked what it heard, as the young man, then residing in Italy got the job. On Saturday-Sunday, March 12-13, audiences at the Granada Theatre will hear the Symphony No. 2 of Johannes Brahms again, when the orchestra celebrates entering its second decade under Kabaretti’s baton by revisiting the work that landed him his spot. A lot has changed since 2006, both for the maestro and for the S.B. Symphony, and when I spoke with him last week about the upcoming concert and the decade of work that it commemorates, he was justifiably proud of what he and the organization have accomplished in that time, and profoundly grateful for the opportunity to become a part of Santa Barbara’s extraordinarily robust culture.

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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony to Celebrate 10 Years of Maestro Nir Kabaretti

March 10, 2016

Anniversaries are always important, and 10th anniversaries are 10 times as important and well worth celebrating.

This season marks the 10th year of Nir Kabaretti’s gentle, inspiring hand on the tiller of the Santa Barbara Symphony, and he and his marvelous ensemble will mark the occasion with a brace of concerts this weekend at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, both in The Granada Theater. 

The celebratory program will consist of the Overture to Richard Wagner’s “comic” opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1867), Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E Major (1803) (with Symphony’s first chair trumpeter, Jon Lewis, as soloist) and Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73 (1877).

Maestro Kabaretti explains his choices as follows: 

“Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 was the very first work I conducted in Santa Barbara, as it was one of my audition pieces in 2006 at the Arlington Theatre, and the Die Meistersinger Overture was the piece that launched my tenure as music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony,” said Maestro Kabaretti. “I am especially looking forward to performing the Brahms again, this time with the many musicians who have joined our orchestra over the last 10 years, and in our musical home, The Granada Theatre. For this festive concert I wanted to have a soloist from our orchestra, so I’m very happy that Jon Lewis will play the Hummel Trumpet Concerto.”

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Free Community Concert 2016

February 23, 2016

UPDATE 3/3/2016

Due to high chance of rain, wind, and cool temperatures on Saturday, March 5th, the Community Concert rehearsal and performance at the Santa Barbara Art Museum is cancelled. We have spent the past few days speaking with a local weatherman and watching the forecast closely and the risk of a wet day is extremely high. At this time, availability of free dates does not allow us any flexibility to reschedule the event so we are looking forward to bringing it back next year. Thank you for your understanding.

We're so excited to partner with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art this year for the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony's annual free Community Concert. The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, Junior Orchestra, String Workshop students, Incredible Children's Art Network and other young musicians from all over Santa Barbara will be performing together. Fun art activities for the whole family will also be provided by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Young musicians who are interested in performing in the Community Concert, please contact Amy Williams at or call (805) 898-8785.

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