Santa Barbara Symphony News

Santa Barbara Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Pops Concert — From Broadway to Hollywood

December 09, 2014

Ring in 2015 with the Santa Barbara Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Pops Concert!

On Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Granada Theatre, the symphony presents special guest conductor Robert Bernhardt. Back by popular demand, Bernhardt will conduct an array of favorites from Broadway, Hollywood and much more.

Bernhardt is in his 33rd season as the principal pops director of the Louisville Orchestra, music director emeritus of the Chattanooga Symphony and a favorite at the Boston Pops — America’s premier Pops orchestra. Party hats and noisemakers will be available for all.

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Thanks for coming out to 1st Thursday: After Hours!

December 05, 2014

We had so much fun at the Downtown Organization's 1st Thursday: After Hours event hosted by the Granada Theatre this month. Our award-winning Music Van was there for everyone to try out various orchestral instruments, and it was a huge hit! We even had a spontaneous jam session!

Thanks everyone for coming out and making some music with us!

[Scene Magazine] Beethoven takes State Street

November 24, 2014

The Santa Barbara Symphony shines with a mostly Beethoven concert, with prodigy Caroline Goulding as soloist

Viewed as part of the overall current season of the Santa Barbara Symphony, last weekend's Granada concert program might have seemed to be a relatively understated venture. It was a concert just built around Beethoven, and from the turn-of-the-19th-century period, before his stormier and more profound achievements later in his musical life.

Of course, "just" is not at all the right word when it comes to one of the greatest composers in Western musical culture. Not incidentally, a particular allure of this program had to do with its tight and engaging sense of focus, with three works created within a short 23-year spread, from Beethoven mentor Haydn's "Overture to 'Armida,'" from 1783, to the too-rarely performed Symphony No. 1 (circa 1800) and his lone Violin Concerto, composed in 1806. It has to be noted that the violin soloist was not "just" anybody, either, but the dazzling teenage sensation Caroline Goulding, who, to succumb to the cliché, is mature beyond her years - all of 16 of them by now.

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[Casa Magazine] Beethoven the Great

November 24, 2014

Conducting the first two works of the evening from memory, conductor Nir Kabaretti offered an informal mini-history lesson before last Saturday night's performance by the Santa Barbara Symphony at the Granada Theatre. Reminding this audience that Beethoven had studied composition with Haydn, Kabaretti illustrated the similarities, but also the generation gaps between the two geniuses by opening the program with Haydn's overture to the opera Armida, his last work in that genre.

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Junior Strings and Youth Symphony Fall 2014 Concerts

November 19, 2014

The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony and Junior Strings would like to invite you to their Fall Concerts!

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Discover the Life of Beethoven

November 04, 2014

Maestro Nir Kabaretti leads the Santa Barbara Symphony and special guest artist Caroline Goulding through the life of Ludwig Van Beethoven, from his early days as a student studying with Haydn, through one of his greatest masterpieces, the Violin Concerto, in the November concert.

“Beethoven: Student to Master” will be held in The Granada Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16.

Kabaretti will guide us on a journey from the work that inspired Beethoven through some of his most influential and popular works. Kabaretti opens with Haydn’s Overture to Armida, followed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, and finally, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, which rounds out the evening with one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire.

“In this concert we will explore the life and inspiration behind some of Beethoven’s most notable pieces,” Kabaretti said. “Young violinist Caroline Goulding will breathe life into one of Beethoven’s greatest masterpieces, the Violin Concerto.”

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