Santa Barbara Symphony Performances

2019-20 Season

An American in Paris

This Live-to-Film Event has been RESCHEDULED: June 13 & 14, 2020

Concert Highlights:

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

Gershwin: An American in Paris (Film with live orchestra)

An American in Paris

RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 13 & 14, 2020: The iconic musical An American in Paris was inspired by George Gershwin’s jazz-infused orchestral treasure of the same name, and the Santa Barbara Symphony has combined the two for an unforgettable program of music and film! Gershwin’s evocative and vivid An American in Paris is arguably the finest musical love letter ever penned to a city, while director Vincente Minnelli’s Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Gene Kelly has lost none of its insouciant charm. Come hear the Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, provide live accompaniment to a screening of one of the world’s greatest movie musicals.

 Saturday, June 13, 2020; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, June 14, 2020; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Principal Sponsor - Dave and Chris Chernof
Artist Sponsor - Patricia Gregory for the Baker Foundation
Artist Sponsor - Nancy and Fred Golden
Selection Sponsor - Chris Lancashire and Catherine Gee
Corporate Sponsor - Impulse

 


2019-20 Season

carpenter plays

Poulenc & Saint-Saëns

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor 

Cameron Carpenter, organ

Debussy: Nuages & Fêtes from Nocturnes; Poulenc: Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani; Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, “Organ Symphony”

Poulenc & Saint-Saëns

Cameron Carpenter is an organist like no other. A former child prodigy, he has made an unlikely career of re-imagining the instrument while methodically dismantling the musty stereotypes that have long attended it. Known for his musical brilliance and flamboyant performances, he continues to push the boundaries of organ technique to breathtaking heights. Among other distinctions, Mr. Carpenter is the first solo organist ever nominated for a Grammy Award. For this program, he will perform Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Timpani, as well as Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3. Additionally, prepare to be delighted by the first two movements of Claude Debussy’s mesmerizing Nocturnes.

 Saturday, April 18, 2020; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, April 19, 2020; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Principal Sponsor - Daniel and Mandy Hochman
Selection Sponsor - Joan E. Jacobs
Selection Sponsor - John Trotti and Karen Drown
Organ Sponsor - Susan Lundt
Organ Sponsor - John & Ruth Matuszeski

 


2019-20 Season

beethoven’s

250th birthday celebration

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Alessio Bax, piano; Joélle Harvey, soprano; Nina Yoshida Nelsen, mezzo-soprano; John Matthew Myers, tenor; Stephen Morscheck, bass; Santa Barbara Choral Society; Quire of Voyces

Beethoven: Mass in C major, Op. 86; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58; Beethoven: Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80, “Choral Fantasy”

250th birthday celebration

The Symphony closes the season with a celebratory tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven, an artist who is arguably the defining figure in the history of Western music. Inspired by Beethoven’s epic benefit concert of December 1808, which saw premieres of his Fourth Piano Concerto and Choral Fantasy, this program will also include his C major Mass in all its glory. Join Maestro Kabaretti and the Santa Barbara Symphony as they combine forces with pianist Alessio Bax, four talented vocal soloists, the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Quire of Voyces for an unforgettable 250th.

 Saturday, May 16, 2020; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, May 17, 2020; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Principal Sponsor - Sarah and Roger Chrisman
Principal Sponsor - Daniel and Mandy Hochman
Concert Sponsor - Casa Dorinda
Artist Sponsor - Brooks and Kate Firestone
Selection Sponsor - Arthur Swalley and Arlington Financial Advisors
Selection Sponsor - John Trotti & Karen Drown

 


2020-21 Season

Beethoven’s 9th

Beethoven’s Birthday Finale

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Anya Matanovič, soprano | Audrey Babcock, mezzo soprano | John Matthew Myers, tenor | Valdis Jansons, bass | TBA, bass

Combined Chorus | Opera Santa Barbara Young Artists

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Beethoven: Excerpts from Fidelio: “Mir ist so Wunderbar,”“Heil sei dem Tag!”
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

Beethoven’s 9th

The Symphony ‘sings’ happy birthday to Beethoven through his very own Fidelio heroine, Leonore, and his supreme achievement, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. From the overture and choral finale from his two-act opera Fidelio to his groundbreaking use of voice in Beethoven’s ninth and final symphony, we celebratethis beloved composer with an “Ode to Joy” during an opening week not to be missed!

Of all the works in the mainstream repertory of Western music, the Ninth Symphony seems the most like a construction of mirrors, reflecting and refracting the values, hopes, and fears of those who seek to understand and explain it …” —Nicholas Cook

 Saturday, October 17, 2020; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, October 18, 2020; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust
Principal Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust
Selection Sponsor - Hans Koellner & Karin Jacobson
Selection Sponsor - Duncan & Suzanne Mellichamp

 


2020-21 Season

Copland + Gershwin

A Tribute to Melodic American Modernism

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano

Robin Frost: Serenade for Strings
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Price: Symphony No. 1
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

Copland + Gershwin

A gentle Serenade by Santa Barbara’s own Robin Frost; Piano Concerto in F by George Gershwin, who straddled the boundaries of popular and ‘serious’ music with his very own jazz-influenced classical style. Florence Price’s debut Symphony, the first by a black woman to be performed by a major American orchestra, and a suite by Aaron Copland from his ‘cowboy ballet,’ Rodeo. The Symphony weaves a
musical tapestry through these four composers in tribute to melodic American Modernism.

"[Price’s] orchestration is arresting; she has a tendency to contrast tutti passages with spare, luminous writing for winds...a distinctive sensibility emerges in Price’s pervasively elegant and subtle handling of familiar idioms.” —The New Yorker

 Saturday, November 21, 2020; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, November 22, 2020; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust
Principal Sponsor - Dan & Meg Burnham

 


2020-21 Season

Spanish Guitar

With Sharon Isbin and Josep Caballé Domenech

Concert Highlights:

Josep Caballé Domenech, conductor
Sharon Isbin, guitar


Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville
Vivaldi: Concerto for Guitar and Strings in D major RV93
Rodrigo: Fantasía para un gentilhombre
Gerhard: Don Quixote Dances
Granados: Intermezzo from Goyescas
Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia

Spanish Guitar

The title Spanish Guitar is but a hint of the riches in store for you in this musical journey planned for January featuring multiple GRAMMY Award-winner guitarist Sharon Isbin and the Symphony led by Spanish conductor Josep Caballé Domenech. The Symphony brings the rich cultural and musical heritage of Spain and Latin America to life through this exquisite selection of music that is sure to delight.

[Isbin] gets nuances out of the classical guitar few guitarists since Segovia have matched. Everything she performs bespeaks perfect technical control yet suggests spontaneous improvisation—the art that conceals art.” —Chicago Tribune

 Saturday, January 23, 2021; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, January 24, 2021; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust
Artist Sponsor - Raymond & Susan Dingman
Selection Sponsor - Susan Aberle

 


2020-21 Season

Kismet

A Unique Santa Barbara Production

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, musical director

Kismet, the musical

STAY TUNED, DIRECTOR & LEAD ROLES TO BE REVEALED!

Kismet

Spring of 2021 brings a groundbreaking and epic collaboration between the Santa Barbara Symphony and State Street Ballet to mount a fully-staged and modernized musical production of Kismet. With music adapted from pieces composed by Alexander Borodin, Kismet tells a fantastic tale of poets and beggars, of beautiful daughters and handsome rulers, of clever criminals, punishment, and true love.

the songs of this exotic Broadway curiosity from 1953 swell, swirl, crash and trickle…” —New York Times

 Saturday, February 20, 2021; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, February 21, 2021; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust

 


2020-21 Season

MOZART + GILLES APAP

A True Violinist for the 21st Century

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor
Gilles Apap, violin
Jessica Guideri, violin
Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Winner, violin
Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Guest Musicians

Vivaldi: Concerto for 3 Violins
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish”
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”

Mozart + Gilles Apap

Gilles Apap returns to perform with the Symphony, where he served as our concertmaster for a decade. Hailed as a true violinist of the 21st century by Yehudi Menuhin, Gilles has built an international reputation for combining musical styles as diverse as old-time American, Irish, and Gypsy fiddling within the construct of the classical repertoire.

Equally at home with Bartok and bluegrass, Mozart and the music of the Bulgarian ghettos, Gilles Apap is a violinist who defies categorisation.” —Josef Woodard

 Saturday, March 20, 2021; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, March 21, 2021; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust
Artist Sponsor - Sam & Alene Hedgpeth
Selection Sponsor - Susan Aberle
Selection Sponsor - Barbara Burger & Paul Munch

 


2020-21 Season

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

A Live-to-Film Event!

Concert Highlights:

TBA, conductor

Singin’ in the Rain, the movie musical

Singin’ in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain – the greatest musical of all time, according to the American Film Institute, with a legendary cast including Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. Darlings of the silver screen attempt to transition from silent film to “talkies” in this romantic comedy, experience it as never before, projected on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment.

"Singin' in the Rain” is a transcendent experience, and no one who loves movies can afford to miss it.” —Roger Ebert

 Saturday, April 17, 2021; 8:00 pm

 Sunday, April 18, 2021; 3:00 pm

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Generously sponsored by:
Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust

 


2020-21 Season

THE PLANETS + STAR WARS

Explore the Universe With Us!

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Holst: The Planets
Ravel: La valse
John Williams: Star Wars Suite

The Planets + Star Wars

Gustav Holst’s The Planets is an epic work that takes the listener on a majestic journey through the solar system. Each movement represents a planet visible from earth at the time of composition and inspired by its astrological character. We then travel amongst the stars with John Williams’ Star Wars Suite, supremely suitable as many of our symphony musicians played on the original soundtracks of these beloved films.

The enormity of the universe revealed by science cannot readily be grasped by the human brain, but the music of The Planets enables the mind to acquire some comprehension of the vastness of space where rational understanding fails.” —Gustov Holst

John Williams’ score for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was the beginning of the modern American film score.” —Jason Zumwal, udiscovermusic.com

 Saturday, May 15, 2021; 8:00 pm

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05/16/2021 3:00 PM


Generously sponsored by:
Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust
Principal Sponsor - Daniel & Mandy Hochman
Artist Sponsor - Christine A. Green

 


2020-21 Special

NEW YEAR’S EVE POPS TANGO CALIENTE!

The Hottest Ticket in Town!

Concert Highlights:

Bob Bernhardt, conductor

Camille Zamora, vocals

Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucero, Argentinian dancers 

Hector Del Curto, bandoneón

New Year’s Eve Pops: Tango Caliente!

Bob Bernhardt conducts the Symphony along with star soprano Camille Zamora, Argentinian tango dancers Patricio Touceda and Eva
Lucero, and internationallyacclaimed bandoneón artist Hector Del Curto. Prepare for a night of fiery Tango classics—the hottest ticket in
Santa Barbara for New Year’s Eve 2020!

Camille Zamora’s soprano is appealingly dark and agile, with heft behind it,” —The Houston Chronicle

 Thursday, December 31, 2020; 8:30 pm

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2020-21 Special

REVOLUTION: THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES

Concert Highlights:

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Revolution: The Music of the Beatles

The Beatles come to life in Revolution, a symphonic tribute to the Fab Four, featuring top vocalists and full orchestra. Revolution takes audiences on a magical musical journey of one of the greatest and most influential rock bands of all time. Featuring favorites like "Yesterday," "Ticket to Ride," "All You Need is Love," "Get Back," "Hey Jude," "Come Together," "Got To Get You Into My Life," and "Here Comes The Sun."

[N]o group has so radically transformed the sound and significance of rock & roll. … [they] proved that rock & roll could embrace a limitless variety of harmonies, structures, and sounds…” —Rolling Stone

 Saturday, June 12, 2021; 8:00 pm

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