Santa Barbara Symphony announces the 2021/22 season in person


The Santa Barbara Symphony has unveiled its 2021/22 season and is delighted to once again welcome audiences in person for “Hear It, Feel It, Live It … Live!” This season, Maestro Nir Kabaretti takes audiences on a musical journey from October to May, anchoring each program with hard-hitting works performed by extraordinary artists from around the world, while forging important artistic connections within the Santa Barbara community. .

“From Baroque to the present day, from Beethoven to Broadway, and from Bach to Jeff Beal (House of Cards), this is the most unique and diverse season I have hosted, and I couldn’t be more excited for the community to experience the sound of the Santa Barbara Symphony reverberating through the audience. ” Nir Kabaretti, musical and artistic director.
Building on the close, personal connection created through the symphony’s groundbreaking broadcasts throughout the pandemic, viewers can look forward to new ways to enhance the music experience, including a digital ‘friendly’ zone. Inside the theater, interviews with musicians, pre-concert activities and innovative ways to interact and connect with musicians, patrons and other music fans.

“During our pandemic season, programming designed for the home viewer has brought audiences and musicians closer together than ever before,” said Symphony Artistic and Music Director Nir Kabaretti. “For me, there is no better way to come out of last year’s obscurity than to present a vibrant and dynamic new season that continues to highlight our creative strengths and engage our audiences even more. . “

The 2021/22 season opens with Kismet, a fully staged musical directed by Broadway legend and EMMYa “? Award-winning director Lonny, who showcases the multi-faceted power of symphonic music and the opportunities to collaboration she makes possible. Price, featuring the Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet and a troupe of artists from around the world. New artistic partnerships with Jazz at the Lobero, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Santa Barbara Museum of Art offer the public the opportunity to deepen its context and deepen its knowledge of music and musicians – whether by enjoying classical masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Gershwin, Mendelssohn, or by discovering new works by living composers.

“The pandemic has revealed and solidified our identity as an organization. Our mission is to create joy, connection and impact in unique ways that only a symphony orchestra of our size and artistic caliber can do! shared Kathryn R Martin, President and CEO. “Our investment in music education programs, providing extended stays for our guest artists, as well as our shared commitment and curiosity to do things for and with the community, all make Santa Barbara make an impact. more important that would not have been possible otherwise. “

All performances will take place live, in person at the Granada Theater. Season passes are on sale now with packages starting at $ 100 for a four-concert season package and $ 158 for a full seven-concert subscription package, available online at or call 805-898-9386. Single tickets go on sale September 1, 2021.

Santa Barbara Symphony Season 2021/22

Nir Kabaretti, Musical and Artistic Director All performances take place at the Granada Theater

October 21-24, 2021, with Symphony subscriptions available on: October 23, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. & October 24, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Produced by Sara Miller McCune Musical direction by Nir Kabaretti Choreography by William Soleau

The magic and romance of Tales of One Thousand and One Nights comes to life in KISMET, an original musical hit from TONYa “? Which follows the exploits and drifts of the cunning poet Hajj, and the forbidden love of his daughter Marsinah, with a comedy musical Twists worthy of these adventure legends. Based on classical music by Russian composer Alexander Borodin, the score weaves into its lush themes and exotic melodies, including the hit song “Stranger in Paradise”, a reimagining of the Famous themes of the Polovtsian Dances in the opera Prince Igor.Kismet is both complex and extraordinarily simple with its themes of love and faith and the sense of destiny that is never far from us.

As a producer, Sara Miller McCune brings together a high-level artistic team in Santa Barbara. Award-winning director Lonny Price directs a completely imagined stage production with a cast that includes Broadway stars, State Street Ballet principal dancers and choreography by their award-winning co-artistic director and choreographer, William Soleau, and Nir Kabaretti conducting the Symphony of Santa Barbara.

With the desire to share the timeless history and lush melodies with today’s audiences, this new KISMET production produced by Sara Miller McCune offers a unique perspective on a beloved classic. KISMET’s creative team includes cultural consultant Naila Al-Atrach (a professor at NYU specializing in Arab theater and film studies), who serves as a liaison with the world and Arab cultures. The casting team, Peter Van Dam and Afsheen Misaghi, are actively contacting artists from the MENASA community (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) to find the cast. Every effort is made to respectfully represent the inspired Middle Eastern world of KISMET.

Saturday November 13, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday November 14, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Nicolas McGegan, guest conductor Erik Rynearson, principal viola of the Santa Barbara Symphony
Hailed as one of the best Baroque conductors of this generation, Nicolas McGegan takes the podium to lead the symphonic audience on a fascinating journey through 18th century music that remains as popular today as it was. time.
The Symphony will perform JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.4 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Bach’s beloved concertos, and it ends with two pieces both written to celebrate the Treaty of Aachen in 1748 between the France and England; Rameau’s Dances from the Nais opera, and the music of Handel’s Royal Fireworks.

Erik Rynearson, principal viola of the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, performs Telemann’s Viola Concerto. With a career spanning over 15 years, Rynearson has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Pacific Symphony. Rynearson also performed on Lady Gaga’s 2020 Grammy-nominated album Chromatica.

New Year’s Eve with the Symphony

December 31, 2021 at 8:30 p.m.

Goodbye 2021, and hello 2022! Bob Bernhardt returns to host an evening of Gershwin and other favorites of the symphonic party. With baritone Cedric Barry, pianist Natasha Kislenko and the entire orchestra, join the audience and get ready to ring in the New Year. This performance is sold out – so make plans now! Available as an option for subscribers, with single tickets available from September 1, 2021.
Presented in partnership with the Granada Theater.
Main sponsor: Montecito Bank & Trust

Saturday January 15, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday January 16, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

Nir Kabaretti, conductor Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
Violin superstar Anne Akiko Meyers returns to the Santa Barbara Symphony to ignite the stage with Fandango, a new piece written especially for her by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez, which will premiere by the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in a few months. before this performance. This new violin concerto features the fireworks of Akiko Meyers’ dynamic playing style with the rhythmic movement and Latin sound that Marquez is famous for. The mastery of the orchestra is evidenced in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Spanish, weaving Spanish folk themes and highlighting in particular the dexterity of the strings which play “quasi guitara” sounding like guitars. Olé!
Main sponsor: Ann Jackson Family Foundation Selection sponsors: Stefan & Christine RiesenfeldBarbara Burger & Paul E. MunchLibby & Stephen EricksonShelley & Mark Bookspan

Saturday February 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday February 20, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

Nir Kabaretti, conductor Michelle Temple, principal harp of the Santa Barbara Symphony
Take a walk and discover nature in the foothills of Santa Barbara and the Viennese landscape. When EMMYa “? Award-winning composer Jeff Beal nearly lost his home to the Thomas Fire and experienced the devastation felt by neighbors and communities from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, he premiered a symphonic work, The Great Circle, which paints the primitive elements of nature and enduring power to survive, and includes a visual component incorporating images of devastation, the heroism of first responders and new images of the rebirth of the foothills of the Botanical Garden’s Photographic Research Collection of Santa Barbara.Likewise, Beethoven drew inspiration from his long walks in the Austrian countryside and the vineyards around Vienna, which led him to create one of his more thematic works, the Sixth Symphony. , “Pastoral”, to reflect the sounds of nature, from fluttering birds to thundering storms. Beethoven himself said of this work: “it is more the expression of a feeling than the painting. re.”
In collaboration with the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden

Saturday March 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday March 20, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
Nir Kabaretti, conductor Cameron Carpenter, organ
As one of the world’s most in-demand classical musicians, Cameron Carpenter has taken the music world by storm by breaking stereotypes and making the organ cool again. The audience will literally feel the sound waves emanating from the organ. Poulenc’s bewitching Concerto for organ, timpani and strings evokes the suspense and drama of a movie thriller.

Saturday April 23, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday April 24, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

Nir Kabaretti, conductor Silver / Garburg, piano duo

Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg return to Santa Barbara with great impatience to perform the world premiere of a reimagined composition of Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet. When Robert Schumann wrote his brilliant Piano Quartet, Brahms arranged it to be played by two pianists. And now Austrian composer Richard Dünser is reworking it for our popular string pianist duets. This romantic and contemporary piano and symphonic mashup is a perfect example of the enduring popularity of classical music, and a perfect vehicle for the haunting piano duo Silver / Garburg.

Saturday May 21, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday May 22, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
Nir Kabaretti, conductor Marcus Roberts Trio, guest artists Marcus Roberts, piano Jason Marsalis, drums Rodney Jordan, double bass

Fans of jazz and symphony will be in awe of the Marcus Roberts Trio, bringing pure chemistry to Gershwin’s F Concerto. Early 20th-century composer Florence Price, recognized as the first African-American female symphonic composer, is enjoying a well-deserved surge in popularity. His critically acclaimed Symphony No.1, premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1933, was inspired by Dvorak’s New World Symphony, similarly incorporating folk tunes and hymn-like melodies that evoke a range of American flavors.
Presented in partnership with Jazz @ the Lobero
Election Sponsors: Omega Financial GroupDingman Family FoundationWallin Studios

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