Season Performances 2020-21


"Behind the Music" at the Granada Theatre hosted by Saïd Ramón Araїza

A FREE pre-concert talk offering a fascinating insight into the music you are about to hear. It begins 1 hour and fifteen minutes* before every subscription concert at the Granada Theatre, so get to our concerts early for this treat! *Please note that these talks begin fifteen minutes earlier than in the past.

  • Saturday nights 6:45pm

  • Sunday matinees 1:45pm

Back by popular demand, we present musician and music scholar, Saïd Ramón Araїza. Mr. Araїza’s extensive musical background, insights, presentation skills and humor will take you on a journey of discovery about each spectacular concert, bringing each work and its composer to life in a whole new way. This isn’t a college lecture. You’ll leave the preview energized, excited and ready to enjoy the concert more than ever. Mr. Araїza’s enthusiasm for this music is simply contagious! We know this half-hour will be one of those events where you’ll be telling your friends “you just have to come!”

These lively, interactive, informal, talks are open to all ticket holders, last for approximately 30 minutes and are held one hour and fifteen minutes before the Symphony concert begins. Get to the concert early and join us in the beautiful Granada Theatre and let us give you all there is to the music “behind the music.”

“Behind the Music” at the Granada Theatre is sponsored by Marilynn L. Sullivan and The Chalfant Family Trust, Patricia Gregory for the Baker Foundation and Ms. Ruth Orthwein.

About Saïd Ramón Araїza

The Santa Barbara Symphony is proud to present concert pianist, scholar, and musical autodidact Saïd Ramón Araїza. He is the face and voice of the acclaimed “Behind the Music” Pre-Concert Talks, a not-to-be-missed experience, offering insights from a contemporary perspective that is sure to enhance your enjoyment of the music performed by the Symphony. Mr. Araїza’s extensive experience as a musician, his broad range of cultural interests, and above all, his infectious enthusiasm makes for an ideal prélude to the concerts we present. These lively, interactive, and delightfully informal talks are open to all ticket-holders, last approximately thirty minutes, and are held one hour before Maestro Nir Kabaretti’s downbeat. So plan to arrive at the concert early and experience our favorite “Renaissance Man”, Mr. Araїza, with his energy, humor, and knowledge as he helps you get in touch with not just the music, but with the fascinating worlds of music.




April, 2020

Sat Apr 18, 2020; 8:00 pm Sun Apr 19, 2020; 3:00 pm

Cameron Carpenter is an organist like no other, known for his musical brilliance and flamboyant performances.

May, 2020

Sat May 16, 2020; 8:00 pm Sun May 17, 2020; 3:00 pm

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.

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Welcome to the Santa Barbara Symphony's 2020/21 Season!

Subscriptions for the 2020/21 Season are Available 

Thank you to our Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust!

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October, 2020

Sat Oct 17, 2020; 8:00 pm Sun Oct 18, 2020; 3:00 pm

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 celebratevthis beloved composer with an “Ode to Joy” during an opening week not to be missed!

November, 2020

Sat Nov 21, 2020; 8:00 pm Sun Nov 22, 2020; 3:00 pm

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 American Modernism.

December, 2020

Thu Dec 31, 2020; 8:30 pm

SUBSCRIBE NOW TO ADD THIS SPECIAL! Bob Bernhardt conducts the Symphony along with star soprano Camille Zamora, Argentinian tango dancers Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucero, and internationally acclaimed 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!

January, 2021

Sat Jan 23, 2021; 8:00 pm Sun Jan 24, 2021; 3:00 pm

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.

February, 2021

Sat Feb 20, 2021; 8:00 pm Sun Feb 21, 2021; 3:00 pm

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.

March, 2021

Sat Mar 20, 2021; 8:00 pm Sun Mar 21, 2021; 3:00 pm

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.

April, 2021

Sat Apr 17, 2021; 8:00 pm Sun Apr 18, 2021; 3:00 pm

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.

May, 2021

Sat May 15, 2021; 8:00 pm Sun May 16, 2021; 3:00 pm

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.

June, 2021

Sat Jun 12, 2021; 8:00 pm

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.”