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2016-17 season

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2016-17 SEASON


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Photographer: Stacey J. Byers

I’m so proud of the Santa Barbara Symphony. Each month the orchestra presents extraordinary musical experiences for the entire community and beyond. I am equally impressed with the talent, passion, and musicality of the ensemble.

Dear Santa Barbara Symphony Family, Our melody continues in the 2016-17 season with great musical offerings that boast something for everyone. Reflecting 300 years of music history, from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons to pieces by today’s leading composers, our programs in the 2016-17 season highlight old favorites and exciting new works. For the first time in our history we have joined forces with one of the very best American orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, to commission a new piece by one of the nation’s most promising composers, Jonathan Leshnoff. Other exciting projects include scenes from Walt Disney’s Fantasia with live orchestra, music inspired by and written for the city of Paris, a “Pianorama” – panoramic view of some of the best piano repertoire – and a community-wide collaboration on Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, featuring a combined chorus of singers from the many fine vocal ensembles in Santa Barbara –the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UCSB, and San Marcos High School. I sincerely look forward to another season of music-making with our wonderful ensemble and stellar soloists, and rich programs designed specifically for you. Musically yours, Nir Kabaretti Music & Artistic Director

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just listen. “I’d like to say that my experience performing with the Santa Barbara Symphony will linger in my memory for a very long time. The orchestra is absolutely first-rate, extremely responsive, like a Ferrari, and the synergy and commitment between Maestro Kabaretti and his virtuoso ensemble are rare qualities indeed. Run – don’t walk – to the Granada to hear this marvelous orchestra!” – Robert deMaine, Principal Cellist, LA Philharmonic

We are fortunate to attract high-caliber musicians who make up our Symphony. They consider themselves part of Santa Barbara, even though many of them play with other fine institutions in the region, including the LA Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony. They also record some of the most famous film scores in the world with greats such as John Williams. There is much to look forward to in 2016-17. I’m particularly excited about bringing the community together to celebrate the joy of music with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. I’m also extremely proud of our co-commission with the Philadelphia Orchestra; to be working with one of America’s most respected orchestras exemplifies the standing that our Symphony has among orchestras across the United States. The Santa Barbara Symphony is our city’s symphony – a cultural institution that all of us can be proud of. We are fortunate to have such a high-quality orchestra in our town. Welcome to our 2016-17 season. I can’t wait to share it with you! David Pratt Executive Director


(L to R) Nicolas Philippon, Mariya-Andoniya Andonova and Brianna Goldberg, Bass Section

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Ira Glansbeek, Cello

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All Saturday concerts begin at 8pm and all Sunday concerts begin at 3pm

October 15 & 16, 2016

Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s 9th The Ultimate Symphony Experience Nir Kabaretti, Conductor Jeanine De Bique

Nina Yoshida Nelsen

Benjamin Brecher

DeAndre Simmons

Celebrate the grandeur of music with Beethoven’s 9th, his final and most famous symphony. Our season opener unites the entire community, featuring the choruses of the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UCSB, and San Marcos High School, and some of Santa Barbara’s popular soloists. Come experience the poetic thrill of what is often described as the most inspiring and influential work ever composed. Rouse: Rapture Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 NOTE: No intermission SOLOISTS: Jeanine

De Bique, soprano; Nina Yoshida Nelsen, mezzo; Benjamin Brecher, tenor; DeAndre Simmons, bass

behind the music pre-concert talks

November 19 & 20, 2016

Favorite Piano Masterpieces

Make Your Concert Experience More Enjoyable with Saïd Ramón Araïza

Relive some of your favorite piano works with this popular program, which will bring pianists together for Mozart’s fabulous Concerto for Two Pianos and Tchaikovsky’s famed Piano Concerto No. 1.

Join us for Behind the Music Pre-Concert Talks before every concert (excluding New Year’s Eve) commencing at 7pm on Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays. Saïd Ramón Araïza delivers a fun, enjoyable and informative 30-minute discussion that brings the music to life.

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor

De Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos No. 10, K.365 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 SOLOISTS: Natasha Kislenko, piano & Markus Groh, piano Natasha Kislenko

“Behind the Music” at the Granada Theatre is generously sponsored by Marilynn L. Sullivan and in memory of Marlyn Bernard Bernstein. Saïd Ramón Araïza

Markus Groh

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January 28 & 29, 2017

Disney Fantasia Live in Concert David Lockington, Guest Conductor

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Disney shares one of its crown jewels of feature animation with a live orchestra concert accompanying scenes from Walt Disney’s original Fantasia (1940) and from Fantasia 2000, highlighting a selection of both films’ magnificent repertoire. Iconic moments from Disney’s stunning footage, including Mickey Mouse in Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, will be shown in high definition on the big screen.

The Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center offers premier music education to young people across our community. Many of these young musicians participate in our Junior Orchestra and Youth Symphony. Both ensembles present free, community-accessible performances throughout the year.

Presentation licensed by Disney Music Publishing and Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. (c) All rights reserved.

Our popular Junior Orchestra and talented Youth Symphony will perform a total of six free concerts during the 2016-17 season:

Lockington: Ceremonial Fantasy Fanfare Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis Film: Fantasia

Junior Orchestra

Location TBA; all performances start at 3pm

February 11 & 12, 2017

November 12, 2016
 February 25, 2017
 May 20, 2017

Epic Schubert & Strauss Nir Kabaretti, Conductor

A monumental program starting with Schubert’s cherished “Unfinished” Symphony followed by the West Coast premiere of American composer Jonathan Leshnoff’s Clarinet Concerto, co-commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra - a first for our own Symphony. Completing this majestic program is Also sprach Zarathustra, made famous in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Youth Symphony

Lobero Theatre; all performances start at 4pm

November 13, 2016 February 26, 2017 May 21, 2017 Please join us in celebrating friends, collaboration and the future of classical music with these fun concerts!

Santa Barbara Youth Symphony musicians

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” Leshnoff: Clarinet Concerto (co-commission with the Philadelphia Orchestra) Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra Andy Radford, Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Music Director


Donald Foster

Foster, Clarinet

March 18 & 19, 2017

The Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla Nir Kabaretti, Conductor

There is nothing compared to experiencing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons live. The Symphony celebrates the seasons with a magical combination of this work and Piazzolla’s Tangoinspired The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. We conclude the concert with Haydn’s dramatic Symphony 101, described as pure heartfelt joy. Vivaldi and Piazzolla: “The Seasons” A pairing of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires Haydn: Symphony No. 101 “The Clock” SOLOIST: Philippe 2016-17 SEASON


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Philippe Quint

Quint, Violin T H E S YM P H O N Y. O RG

April 15 & 16, 2017

Northern Impressions: The Best of Grieg and Sibelius Nir Kabaretti, Conductor

“The orchestra inspired me with their

As we continue our celebration of the piano this season, your Symphony presents one of Grieg’s best-known works, his Piano Concerto. We combine that with Sibelius’ magnificent and highly emotional Symphony No. 2. Lilya Zilberstein

for any guest conductor.”

From Paris to Broadway– Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Liszt and Gershwin Nir Kabaretti, Conductor

We honor Paris, one of the world’s great cities and once considered the classical music center of Europe, where many composers made their debut. This program celebrates Mozart’s, Saint-Saëns’, Liszt’s and Gershwin’s ties to Paris. Mozart: Symphony No. 31 “Paris” Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto Liszt: Les préludes Gershwin: An American in Paris SOLOIST: Zuill

Bailey, cello

non-subscription concert December 31, 2016

New Year’s Eve Pops Bob Bernhardt, Guest Conductor

Bid a celebratory farewell to 2016 as you spend New Year’s Eve entertained by favorites from stage, screen and Broadway – widely considered Santa Barbara’s not-to-be-missed party. We’ll light up the Granada from 8:30 to 10:30 on New Year’s Eve, welcoming the New Year in unforgettable style. Subscribers receive a 10% discount on tickets! Ticket prices: $39-$154 (box seating) Prices include facility fees

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– Maestro James Judd

Zilberstein, piano

May 13 & 14, 2017

Teag Reaves, Principal Horn

risk-taking intensity. A special treat

Arvo Pärt: Festina Lente Grieg: Piano Concerto Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 SOLOIST: Lilya

Zuill Bailey

passion, virtuosity and blazing,

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Associate Concertmaster Elizabeth Hedman

Nir Kabaretti, Music & Artistic Director

Violin Section

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76 highly trained musicians make up the Santa Barbara Symphony.

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Our musicians perform with the LA Opera, LA Chamber Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Symphony and many others.

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Some of our best musicians are alumni of the Music Academy of the West and the country’s finest music schools.

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Auditions for orchestra positions consistently attract hundreds of candidates from all over the world. Orchestra members regularly perform in Hollywood recording studios. Our Principal Trumpet and Trombone alone have recorded for nearly 700 movies, including the Indiana Jones and Star Wars series. You will regularly hear our players on soundtracks of major films.

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Why do they come here? Because they love our Maestro Nir Kabaretti, the excellence of our institution, the beautiful Granada Theatre and Santa Barbara. It’s also fun for them to get out of the recording studios and dive into some of the great symphonies with us.

Principal Sponsors

Chris & David Chernof, Daniel & Mandy Hochman Concert Sponsors

Jo Beth Van Gelderen and Karen Quinn, Marilyn & Richard Mazess, Pat Gregory for the Baker Foundation, Sara Miller McCune Artist Sponsor James Sullivan, Clarinet

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Jo Beth Van Gelderen, Brooks & Kate Firestone,

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Behind the Music Sponsor Marilynn L. Sullivan

Season Wine Sponsor Gainey Vineyard

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