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Elgar’s <i>Enigma Variations</i>
Saturday, July 1, 2017, 7:30pm
Presented by Music Academy of the West

Program includes:
Dvorák Carnival Overture
Elgar Enigma Variations

An evening of delightful music led by conductor Larry Rachleff. Dvorák’s Carnival Overture sparkles with dances and tenderness. Elgar’s popular Enigma Variations remain a mystery, but the romantic theme manipulated to depict his friends has been a crowd pleaser since its London premiere in 1899.
Sat 7/1/17 7:30PM Elgar’s Enigma Variations

Rachmaninoff's <i>Second Symphony</i>
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 7:30pm
Presented by Music Academy of the West

Program includes:
Mason Bates Garages of the Valley
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2

Image Edo de Waart

Mason Bates’ Garages of the Valley, meaning Silicon Valley, was dedicated to conductor Edo de Waart, who leads the performance of this fascinating contemporary work. All of Rachmaninoff’s hallmarks – high energy, grand melodies, and gorgeous solos will be on display.
Sat 7/8/17 7:30PM Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony

Concerto Celebration & Aucoin Premiere
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 7:30pm
Presented by Music Academy of the West

Program includes:
Concerto Excerpts (to be announced)
Matthew Aucoin Suite from Crossing – World Premiere

Always a compelling evening, the winners of the Music Academy of the West’s annual Concerto Competition will impress with their dazzling technique and skill, followed by the world premiere of a suite from Matthew Aucoin’s opera Crossing, based on the writing of Walt Whitman.

*Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

Sat 7/15/17 7:30PM Concerto Celebration & Aucoin Premiere

Donizetti’s <i>The Elixir Of Love</i>
Thursday, July 27, 2017, 7:30pm & Saturday, July 29, 2017, 2:30pm
Presented by Music Academy of the West

A charming romantic comedy in the Italian bel canto tradition. Young Nemorino is tricked by a greedy salesman into purchasing bottles of wine that he believes are love potions. Will his adored Adina ultimately admit she, too, is in love? Full of appealing melodies and plaintive arias, such as the famous “Una furtiva lagrima,” or, “The furtive tear.” The opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.

*Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

Thu 7/27/17 7:30PM Donizetti’s The Elixir Of Love
Sat 7/29/17 2:30PM Donizetti’s The Elixir Of Love

Renée Fleming & Alan Gilbert
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 7:30pm
Presented by Music Academy of the West

Superstar soprano joins conductor Alan Gilbert and the Academy Festival Orchestra in a sensational season finale performance!

Tower of Power
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:00pm
Presented by The Granada Theatre Concert Series

Formed from a chance meeting between Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka in 1968, Tower of Power are a rhythm and blues band best known for their brass section, who have become some of the most successful and most prolific collaborators in R& B history. From their first album East Bay Grease, to any of the numerous hit songs including “You Got to Funkifize,” “What Happened to the World That Day?,” “You’re Still a Young Man,” “So Very Hard to Go,” “This Time It’s Real,” and many more, Tower of Power continues to create their own brand of soul and R&B.

Sat 9/23/17 8:00PM Tower of Power

Benise <i>FUEGO!</i>
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 7:00pm
Presented by Spanish Guitar Entertainment

Come be a part of this magical night as Benise debuts all new music and dance that will be captured for PBS on Benise’s new CD and DVD ‘Fuego!

Benise’s ‘Fuego!’ features the passion and grace of Flamenco dancing combined with fiery Spanish guitar. Benise, once a local street performer, returns to Santa Barbara with his Emmy Award winning cast to film his 5th special for PBS. Backed by a stage full of musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers, ‘Fuego!’ captures world music at its best.

A musical journey of Cuban Salsa, Spanish Flamenco, Argentine Tango, Parisian Waltz, Brazilian Samba…and more!

NOTICE OF FILMING - Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use, in any and all media throughout the universe in perpetuity, of your appearance, voice and name for any purpose whatsoever in connection with the production presently entitled: BENISE.
Sun 9/24/17 7:00PM Benise FUEGO!

<i>Dirty Dancing</i>
Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:30pm & Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7:30pm
Presented by Theater League

PLEASE BE ADVISED: These performances have been RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY & TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9th & 10th, 2017. We apologize for this inconvenience. PLEASE NOTE: subscribers with 2016-17 Tuesday subscriptions should attend the October 10th performance. Wednesday subscribers should attend the October 9th performance.

DIRTY DANCING is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

Mon 10/9/17 7:30PM Dirty Dancing
Tue 10/10/17 7:30PM Dirty Dancing

Mozart in Dance
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8:00pm & Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3:00pm
Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Single tickets on sale 9/15/2017
The Santa Barbara Symphony opens the season with an exquisite weekend of the world’s most beloved composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, plus a ballet world premiere! Mozart’s miraculous final symphony is featured, in addition to the famed Requiem paired with chorus and all new choreography by William Soleau performed by State Street Ballet. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts.

Sat 10/14/17 8:00PM Mozart in Dance
Sun 10/15/17 3:00PM Mozart in Dance

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:00pm
Presented by CAMA

Single tickets on sale 9/22/2017

Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. In collaboration with the best conductors and guest artists on the international music scene, the CSO performs well over one hundred concerts each year at its downtown home, Symphony Center and at the Ravinia Festival on Chicago’s North Shore. Music lovers outside Chicago enjoy the sounds of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through best-selling recordings and frequent sold-out tour performances in the United States and around the globe. Riccardo Muti is one of the preeminent conductors of our day. In 2010, when he became the tenth music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), he already had more than forty years of experience at the helm of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Teatro alla Scala. Stephen Williamson is the principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and past principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic (2013-14 season) as well as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (2003-11).

Sat 10/21/17 8:00PM Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Spanish Guitar
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 8:00pm & Sunday, November 19, 2017, 3:00pm
Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Single tickets on sale 9/15/2017

After captivating local audiences in 2016, classical guitar virtuoso Pablo Sáinz Villegas returns by popular demand as the Symphony’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence!

Programming change as of 6/12/2017: Lorenzo Palomo's Guitar Concerto has been removed from the program

Sat 11/18/17 8:00PM Spanish Guitar
Sun 11/19/17 3:00PM Spanish Guitar

Carnival of the Animals Family Concert
Saturday, November 25, 2017, 3:00pm
Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Single tickets on sale 9/15/2017

Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals is the ultimate in family music fun. This delightful music fantasy features a succession of tuneful creatures large and small – a total of 14 brief and humorous movements perfect for the whole family to enjoy together.

Sat 11/25/17 3:00PM Carnival of the Animals Family Concert

Monday, November 27, 2017, 7:30pm & Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7:30pm
Presented by Theater League

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JERSEY BOYS tells the story of the international hit group – Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and features your favorite hits including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and many more!

Recommended for Audiences aged 12 and older.

Mon 11/27/17 7:30PM JERSEY BOYS
Tue 11/28/17 7:30PM JERSEY BOYS

Under The Streetlamp: <i>Hip to the Holidays</i>
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 8:00pm
Presented by The Granada Theatre Concert Series

Tickets on sale to the General Public at 10am on 6/29/17

Get Hip to the Holidays, as Under The Streetlamp celebrates with a joyous performance of your favorite holiday tunes plus songs from the American Radio Songbook. Featuring recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys, Under The Streetlamp invites you to sing along to songs from their live PBS Specials and studio album, Every Day’s a Holiday. Celebrate the joy of the season with Under The Streetlamp - It’ll be a night to remember.

Sat 12/9/17 8:00PM Under The Streetlamp: Hip to the Holidays

<i>The Nutcracker</i>
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 2 & 7:30pm & Sunday, December 17, 2017, 2:00pm
Presented by State Street Ballet

State Street Ballet brings together its professional dancers, students of Gustafson Dance, and Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra to perform the holiday classic in Santa Barbara style. Compete with opulent sets, a gigantic Christmas tree, and The Granada Theatre's period-perfect architecture, this production is a family-favorite. With sets, costumes, and staging that capture the Salvic history of the ballet, it's a richly beautiful performance that delights audiences of all ages!

Sat 12/16/17 2:00PM The Nutcracker
Sat 12/16/17 7:30PM The Nutcracker
Sun 12/17/17 2:00PM The Nutcracker

New Year's Eve Pops Concert
Sunday, December 31, 2017, 8:30pm
Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Single tickets on sale 9/15/2017

Santa Barbara Symphony presents
New Year's Eve Pops Concert
Bob Bernhardt, Guest Conductor
Special aerial performers from Troupe Vertigo

Join the city’s most festive New Year’s Eve celebration! The always-entertaining Bob Bernhardt will conduct a rousing program of popular classics mixed with Broadway and film favorites. The spellbinding aerial performers of Troupe Vertigo also return for a repeat appearance!

Sun 12/31/17 8:30PM New Year's Eve Pops Concert

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 7:30pm & Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7:30pm
Presented by Theater League

Single Tickets on sale in Summer '17... Subscriptions available now.

It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!

Recommended for Audiences aged 13 and up.


St. Louis Symphony
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by CAMA

Single tickets on sale 9/22/2017

The St. Louis Symphony was founded in 1880 and is the second-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, one of the nation’s great orchestras. A consummate musician, masterful program­mer, and dynamic presence, American maestro David Robertson has established himself as one of today’s most sought-after conductors. A pas­sionate and compelling communicator with an extensive orchestral and operatic repertoire, he has forged close relationships with major orches­tras around the world through his exhilarating music-making and stimulating ideas. In fall 2015, Robertson launches his 11th season as Music Director of the 136-year-old St. Louis Symphony. In January 2014, Robertson assumed the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia. Now a CAMA and Santa Barbara favorite, Augustin Hadelich astonishes audiences with his phenomenal technique and gorgeous tone, Hadelich was awarded the inaugural Warner Music Prize, and just months later won the 2016 Grammy® for “Best Classical Instrumental Solo.” Hadelich plays the “Kiesewetter” Stradivarius violin, crafted in Cremona c.1723.

Tue 1/16/18 8:00PM St. Louis Symphony

The Red Violin
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 8:00pm & Sunday, January 21, 2018, 3:00pm
Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Single tickets on sale 9/15/2017

A cinematic gem brought to life on the concert stage. The Santa Barbara Symphony performs John Corigliano’s Academy Award-winning score for The Red Violin, accompanied by François Girard’s engrossing film in its entirety. Canadian violinist Lara St. John will remarkably recreate the demanding solo passages depicted on screen, in what amounts to a virtuosic two-hour concerto!

The Red Violin film, © by Rhombus Media Inc. used by permission of Rhombus Media Inc. The Red Violin film score by John Corigliano, © by G. Schirmer, Inc., used by permission of Schirmer Theatrical, LLC

Sat 1/20/18 8:00PM The Red Violin
Sun 1/21/18 3:00PM The Red Violin

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by CAMA

Single tickets on sale 9/22/2017

At the height of their powers, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic return to Santa Barbara with a powerful and unique program featuring LA Phil Principal Timpanist Joseph Pereira’s new Concerto for timpani and two percussion. Featured in the concerto are Pereira and Maraca2 (percussionists Tim Palmer and Jason Huxtable), a young percussion duo who are making waves in today’s music scene.

Sat 1/27/18 8:00PM Los Angeles Philharmonic

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by CAMA

Single tickets on sale 9/22/2017

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has shocked, changed and mesmerized the music world by reinventing the orchestra. Working with several principal artists, not just one conductor, and performing repertoire from a variety of eras on period-specific instruments, the London-based ensemble stands for excellence, diversity and exploration. Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today.

Tue 2/13/18 8:00PM Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Bernstein & Americana
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8:00pm & Sunday, February 18, 2018, 3:00pm
Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Single tickets on sale 9/15/2017

Getting the jump on what promises to be a worldwide centennial celebration, the Santa Barbara Symphony marks the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with some of his best-known works, including melodies from the ballet Fancy Free and his timeless West Side Story accompanied by the exquisite voice of Lisa Vroman, and the Santa Barbara Choral Society. The program also features works by fellow American composers Aaron Copland and Robin Frost with exceptional Symphony soloists taking turns in the spotlight.

Sat 2/17/18 8:00PM Bernstein & Americana
Sun 2/18/18 3:00PM Bernstein & Americana

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 7:30pm & Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:30pm
Presented by Theater League

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KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Tue 2/20/18 7:30PM KINKY BOOTS
Wed 2/21/18 7:30PM KINKY BOOTS

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by CAMA

Single tickets on sale 9/22/2017

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields returns with famed Music Director and Violinist Joshua Bell. As one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, the Academy is renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music. Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era, and his restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests are almost unparalleled in the world of classical music.

Wed 3/14/18 8:00PM Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:30pm & Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:30pm
Presented by Theater League

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Winner of the Best Musical Tony® Award and the Pulitzer Prize, A CHORUS LINE celebrates those dedicated singer/dancers who make up the ensemble of a Broadway musical, moving them up front and center stage to tell their special tales of love and passion. Marvin Hamlisch’s sensational score propels the story with songs like “What I Did For Love” and “The Music In the Mirror”, along side Michael Bennett’s breathtaking choreography.

Recommended for mature audiences.

Tue 3/20/18 7:30PM A CHORUS LINE
Wed 3/21/18 7:30PM A CHORUS LINE

Liszt & Tchaikovsky
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:00pm & Sunday, March 25, 2018, 3:00pm
Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Single tickets on sale 9/15/2017

Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra has delighted audiences of all ages since its premiere in 1946. Liszt’s innovative first Piano Concerto showcases the bravura of pianist Alexander Romanovsky. This considerable program also includes Tchaikovsky’s spectacular Symphony No. 5.

Sat 3/24/18 8:00PM Liszt & Tchaikovsky
Sun 3/25/18 3:00PM Liszt & Tchaikovsky

San Francisco Symphony
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by CAMA

Single tickets on sale 9/22/2017

Founded in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony is among the country's most artistically adventurous and innovative arts institutions. Michael Tilson Thomas is Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, and Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to conducting the world’s leading orchestras, MTT is also noted for his work as a composer and a producer of multimedia projects that are dedicated to music education and the reimagination of the concert experience. He has won eleven Grammys® for his recordings, is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and is a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time; his flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as an American master. The Grammy® Award-winner, also named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.

Wed 3/28/18 8:00PM San Francisco Symphony

<i>LET IT BE</i>
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 7:30pm
Presented by Theater League

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Relive the past from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road, with favourite hits including Hard Day's Night, Day Tripper, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Twist and Shout, Get Back, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Strawberry Fields, and imagine the reunion that never was…

Wed 4/4/18 7:30PM LET IT BE

Mahler 6
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:00pm & Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3:00pm
Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Single tickets on sale 9/15/2017

Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 exerts an almost hypnotic hold on listeners. Brooding and combative in mood, it is relentlessly compelling, yet astonishingly life-affirming. This immensely powerful work for nearly 100 players is truly orchestral in scope, presenting ample opportunity for listeners to revel in its sonic glories. This is symphonic music at its best!

Sat 4/21/18 8:00PM Mahler 6
Sun 4/22/18 3:00PM Mahler 6

Violin Fest
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 8:00pm & Sunday, May 20, 2018, 3:00pm
Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Single tickets on sale 9/15/2017

Award-winning violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, teams up with Santa Barbara Symphony Concertmaster Jessica Guideri for a program of violin treasures, including Vivaldi’s arresting Double Violin Concerto. Ms. Meyers will also be featured in Barber’s lyrical Violin Concerto. The season ends in dramatic fashion with Scheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov’s magnificent romantic suite based on the tales of One Thousand and One Nights.

Sat 5/19/18 8:00PM Violin Fest
Sun 5/20/18 3:00PM Violin Fest