Santa Barbara Symphony News
Rite of Spring
November 02, 2018
The Santa Barbara Symphony Welcomes Actor Christopher Lloyd, State Street Ballet & Ensemble Theatre Company for an Unforgettable Performance
On November 17 & 18, performing arts powerhouses join forces to present A Soldiers Tale
The evening closes with the Symphony performing legendary The Rite of Spring
Santa Barbara, CA. (October, 2018) – The Santa Barbara Symphony continues its landmark 65th season with Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, on Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 pm at The Granada Theatre. Paired with this dramatic piece, the Symphony will perform A Soldier’s Tale, with legendary actor Christopher Lloyd, who will narrate alongside dancers from State Street Ballet and actors from Ensemble Theatre Company.
“We are honored to have Christopher Lloyd with the Santa Barbara Symphony for our extraordinary collaboration with Ensemble Theatre Company and State Street Ballet, for the performance of A Soldiers Tale,” shared Maestro Nir Kabaretti. “And it’s a beautiful challenge for the Symphony to close the evening by performing The Rite of Spring, which is probably one of the most significant and most demanding symphonic pieces of the 20th century.”
As part of their 65th season of celebration, the Symphony will perform Igor Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale, marking its 100th anniversary this year, and close the evening with The Rite of Spring, a work that changed the course of 20th-century music. A Soldier’s Tale is Stravinsky’s Faustian parable about a deserting soldier who loses his soul to the devil. Though based on a Russian folktale, this unique theatrical and dance work is far removed from Russian traditionalism, and instead embraces a broad array of musical styles. The Rite of Spring is a ballet and orchestral concert written by Stravinski in 1913 for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes. When first performed, the avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a sensation and a near-riot in the audience. Although designed as a work for the stage, with specific passages accompanying characters and action, the music achieved equal if not greater recognition as a concert piece and is widely considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century. The music influenced many of the 20th-century's leading composers and is one of the most recorded works in the classical repertoire.
“I’m delighted to be involved in this new collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony. A Soldier’s Tale combines music, theater, and dance to form an unusual, gorgeous, intriguing tale of morality and temptation. This is Ensemble Theatre’s fourth collaboration with the Symphony, and it’s our most complex one yet. It’s always a treat to work with Nir and his orchestra and to once again collaborate with William Soleau and the State Street Ballet. I’m thrilled to bring such wonderfully talented actors to the project.” shared Jonathan Fox, Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre Company.
The Santa Barbara Symphony’s mission is to enrich the community by creating powerful musical experiences performed with passion and excellence, and by providing indispensable music education and community engagement. The Santa Barbara Symphony was founded in 1953 on the belief that a special city deserves a special orchestra. For over 60 years, the Symphony has been lauded for its unique ability to deliver brilliant concerts, engage the community and deliver powerful music education programs. To learn more about supporting the symphony please contact Amy Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-898-9426
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About The Santa Barbara Symphony
The Santa Barbara Symphony, founded in 1953 on the belief that a special city deserves a special orchestra. Consistently lauded for its unique ability to present brilliant concerts, engage the community, and deliver dynamic music education programs, the organization prizes both innovation and artistic excellence, and is widely recognized as one of the region’s premier cultural institutions. Its award-winning Music Education Center serves more than 10,000 students throughout Santa Barbara County each year. Charismatic Israeli conductor Nir Kabaretti was appointed music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony in 2006.