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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!

Lila Downs
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Lila Downs has one of the world’s most singular voices and innovative approaches to music. A Mexican-American world music superstar, she is known for her opera-trained vocal range and her unique synthesis of indigenous Mesoamerican music with cumbia, soul, jazz and hip hop. Over the course of nearly a dozen albums, Downs has earned a Grammy Award and multiple Latin Grammys as she and her band create a cross-cultural expression. Downs’ newest album, Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo, affirms her outspoken artistic power.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or
Wed 9/27/17 8:00PM Lila Downs

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Among the most original forces in contemporary dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is renowned for its exceptionally talented dancers performing diverse, adventurous repertoire. Celebrating its 40th season, the “beloved, ever-changing but always virtuosic company” (Chicago Tribune) affirms its role in advancing the art of dance as it presents an international program of works by masterful choreographers including Crystal Pite, William Forsythe and Nacho Duato.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or
Tue 10/3/17 8:00PM Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends
Friday, October 6, 2017, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Beloved actor Bill Murray teams up with distinguished German cellist Jan Vogler to present a spirited evening of music and literature, for one night only. In this rare live appearance, Murray – as both singer and narrator – brings his charm and wit to songs by Foster, Gershwin, Mancini and Bernstein, as well as readings of classic American poetry and prose by Twain, Hemingway and Whitman, in dialogue with Vogler’s singing Stradivari cello.

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Fri 10/6/17 7:00PM Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends

An Evening with Ira Glass
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

As the creator, producer and host of the genre-defining program This American Life and editorial advisor to the immensely popular podcasts Serial and S-Town, Ira Glass is the driving force behind some of today’s most entertaining, humorous and heartfelt stories. A public radio institution, Glass captivates nearly four million listeners every week, proving that he is one of America’s most compelling storytellers. Named Time magazine’s Best Radio Host in America, Glass will mix stories live on stage using audio clips, music and video, providing a unique look into his creative process and revealing what it takes to create a truly great story.

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Sat 10/7/17 8:00PM An Evening with Ira Glass

<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

ODC/Dance: <i>boulders and bones</i>
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

San Francisco’s acclaimed modern dance group ODC/Dance presents its mesmerizing multimedia performance boulders and bones in Santa Barbara before making its headlining appearance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. “A colossal triumph of the imagination” (The Huffington Post), boulders and bones traces the shifting light, changing landscape and raw natural materials of an Andy Goldsworthy installation and transforms these images into an exploration of the process of creation. Co-choreographed by ODC artistic directors Brenda Way and KT Nelson, the movement is set to a live, driving electro-acoustic score composed by cellist Zoë Keating.

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Tue 10/17/17 8:00PM ODC/Dance: boulders and bones

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

J.D. Vance
Monday, October 23, 2017, 7:30pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Author of the gripping memoir Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance became “the voice of the Rust Belt” (The Washington Post) when his book exploded into the national political conversation during the last presidential election campaign. A proud product of Appalachia and Ohio, Vance made his way from the Marines to Yale Law School and into the Bay Area tech world. With a rare insider’s perspective from an often-forgotten corner of the country, Vance offers a powerful examination of how social policies and other factors affect some of the poorest communities in the U.S., providing a unique picture of the loss of the American dream and fascinating insight into how downward mobility really feels.

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Mon 10/23/17 7:30PM J.D. Vance

Friday, November 3, 2017, 7:30pm & Sunday, November 5, 2017, 2:30pm
Presented by Opera Santa Barbara

Single tickets on sale 8/14/2017

Manon is the epitome of French romantic opera, featuring glorious melodies, a large cast and orchestra and the most magnificent set of costumes Opera Santa Barbara has ever put on the Granada stage. The radiant Sarah Coburn, star soprano of the Seattle, Los Angeles and Vienna State Operas, makes her Opera Santa Barara and role debut as Manon. Harold Meers, who triumphed last season as Don Jose and is quickly becoming one of the most sought-afer tenors in the demanding French repertoire returns as the love-stricken Chevalier Des Grieux. The production is directed by Kristine McIntyre, one of the most formidable directorial talents on the American opera scene today.

Fri 11/3/17 7:30PM Manon
Sun 11/5/17 2:30PM Manon

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!

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

<i>Jersey Boys</i>
Monday, November 27, 2017, 7:30pm
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7:30pm

Presented by Theater League

Single Tickets on sale 9/5/2017... Subscriptions available now.

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

An Irish Christmas
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:30pm
Presented by Kerry Irish Productions Inc.

Tickets on sale 8/22/2017 at 10am!

As seen on PBS!

World champion dancers, Scott Doherty & Tyler Schwartz star in An Irish Christmas

Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season.

Thu 12/7/17 7:30PM An Irish Christmas

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

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, 2:00pm & 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

The Brian Setzer Orchestra's 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour
Monday, December 18, 2017, 8:00pm
Presented by The Granada Theatre Concert Series & SiriusXM

Returning for the second year in a row, original Stray Cat Brian Setzer brings his 19-piece orchestra to The Granada Theatre to whip up a huge dose of retro holiday cheer with his Christmas Rocks! Tour Monday, Dec 18th. The acclaimed show also features music from their latest Christmas album, Rockin’ Rudolph, their three other best-selling holiday albums, as well as original Brian Setzer hits. Consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, Setzer’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings are matched with the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s rockin' big-band horn arrangements—an unbeatable combination guaranteed to rock you into the holiday spirit!

Mon 12/18/17 8:00PM The Brian Setzer Orchestra's 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour

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

<i>Motown the Musical</i>
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7:30pm

Presented by Theater League

Single Tickets on sale 8/28/2017... 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.

Tue 1/9/18 7:30PM Motown the Musical
Wed 1/10/18 7:30PM Motown the Musical

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

Pilobolus Dance Theater
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Pilobolus is one of the world’s most beloved companies of dance illusionists, renowned for its mix of humor, invention and drama. Celebrated for its unique, diverse collaborations, Pilobolus’ highly-imaginative works combine athleticism, grace and jaw-dropping imagery, earning them critical acclaim as well as popular appeal. Their awards include the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography, and they have performed at high-profile cultural events such as the Academy Awards. Still evolving after 35 years, Pilobolus continues to blaze new trails while establishing a dance vocabulary all its own.

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Sun 1/28/18 7:00PM Pilobolus Dance Theater

Compagnie Accrorap/Kader Attou
Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

French-born Algerian choreographer Kader Attou, with his company Accrorap, is one of the foremost representatives of French hip-hop dance. Since the exciting emergence of breakdance in the 1980s, Attou, director of Centre Chorégraphique National de La Rochelle, has sculpted an aesthetic that blends street moves, Indian kathak and contemporary dance. Now decades into a celebrated career, he makes his West Coast debut with an introspective look at his journey so far, set to a stirring mix of crackling classical and electronic records. Performed by 11 exceptional hip-hop dancers who have honed their unique styles over the years, The Roots is a transformative evening-length performance that represents the heart of hip hop.

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Tue 2/6/18 8:00PM Compagnie Accrorap/Kader Attou

Cirque Éloize: <i>Saloon</i>
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Be transported to a dusty gathering place with Saloon, Cirque Éloize’s music-packed theatrical thrill ride inspired by the Wild West. A driving force in the circus art reinvention movement, the Montreal-based circus troupe has been creating award-winning cirque shows for nearly 25 years and ranks among the world’s leading contemporary circuses. In this acrobatic adventure, 11 top-level cast members will perform phenomenal physical feats set to live music featuring songs from Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Swing open the doors and rustle up some fun for the entire family.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or
Wed 2/7/18 7:00PM Cirque Éloize: Saloon

Mike Birbiglia
Friday, February 9, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

From the comedy mastermind behind My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes comes The New One, a hilarious blend of storytelling and stand-up in Mike Birbiglia’s honest, self-deprecating style. His 2016 film Don’t Think Twice was nominated for Best Comedy Feature Film by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and his film Sleepwalk with Me won the 2012 Audience Award at Sundance. In The New One, he approaches his comedy with the same heart, humor and hilarity we’ve come to expect.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or
Fri 2/9/18 8:00PM Mike Birbiglia

Cameron Carpenter
Monday, February 12, 2018, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

A superstar organist with tremendous technical prowess and a flamboyant persona to match, Cameron Carpenter has a rare gift for connecting with his audience. Just ask anyone who witnessed his thrilling Santa Barbara debut in 2016, when he performed an explosive program on his International Touring Organ. Returning with his monumental self-designed electric instrument, the Juilliard-trained genius combines his “ambition, visual flair, technological savvy, inclusive tastes and bold, boundary-breaking musicianship” (The Wall Street Journal) into a spectacle that leaves the audience as bedazzled as his Swarovski-studded shoes.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or
Mon 2/12/18 7:00PM Cameron Carpenter

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

<i>Kinky Boots</i>
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:30pm

Presented by Theater League

Single Tickets on sale in 8/28/2017... Subscriptions available now.

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

<i>The Barber of Seville</i>
Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:30pm & Sunday, March 4, 2018, 2:30pm
Presented by Opera Santa Barbara

Single tickets on sale 8/14/2017

This beautifully staged production of Rossini's comic masterpiece features vocal pyrotechnics and movie-star looks supplied by a stunning cast of Opera Santa Barbara newcomers. Rosina is Mexican mezzo-soprano Cassandra Zoe Velasco, an alumna of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists Program at LA Opera, who regularly appears at the Metropolitan Opera. Her beloved Lindoro is tenor Andrew Bidlack, an Adler Fellow at the San Francisoco Opera, whom Opera News named as one of their "top 25 brilliant young artists" in 2015. In the title role of Figaro, Opera Santa Barbara welcomes the dashing Alexander Elliott, fresh from debuts with the Dallas Opera, Opera Omaha and the Pittsburg Symphony. They also look forward to the Opera Santa Barbara debut of Peter Strummer, acclaimed specialist of the Italian buffo repertoire, as Figaro's nemesis, Dr. Bartolo. In charge of the comedic shenanigans is Pacific Opera Project's Artisitc Director Josh Shaw.

Fri 3/2/18 7:30PM The Barber of Seville
Sun 3/4/18 2:30PM The Barber of Seville

Companía Nacional de Danza
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 8:00pm
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 8:00pm

Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Founded in 1979, Madrid’s Compañía Nacional de Danza returns to Santa Barbara with a work that is a statement of its compelling artistic direction. Johan Inger’s Carmen is a visionary retelling of mythic and universal elements of passion and violence. Debuting in 2015, and winning the coveted Benois de la Danse prize for choreography in 2016, this contemporary Carmen tells the tale through the eyes of a child, with its heroine a courageous and modern woman, the mountains of Ronda reimagined as poor suburbs, the military now senior executives and the bullfighter recast as a movie star.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or
Tue 3/6/18 8:00PM Companía Nacional de Danza
Wed 3/7/18 8:00PM Companía Nacional de Danza

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

Buddy Guy
Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Whether blues guitar legend Buddy Guy is playing a lick behind his back, picking strings with his teeth, “singing with gentle menace or bending new curves into a blue note” (The New York Times), his electrifying live performances showcase his incendiary style that altered the direction of the instrument. A pioneer of electric blues, Guy’s name is as synonymous with the great generation of musicians he played with (Muddy Waters; Howlin’ Wolf) as with the rock titans he influenced (Jimi Hendrix; Eric Clapton). An American treasure with a career spanning six decades, his recent work is some of his richest music yet, confirming that “Guy is the greatest living Chicago bluesman, and one of the most influential guitar players ever” (Rolling Stone).

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or
Fri 3/16/18 8:00PM Buddy Guy

<i>A Chorus Line</i>
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:30pm
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:30pm

Presented by Theater League

Single Tickets on sale in 8/28/2017... Subscriptions available now.

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

Single Tickets on sale 8/28/2017... Subscriptions available now.

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

Kiss & Cry
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 3:00pm

Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

This ambitious show from Brussels-based theater company Charleroi Danses blurs the boundaries between artistic disciplines to create a “ravishingly beautiful” (The Boston Globe) piece about memory and love. An elegant pas de deux of dancing fingers on miniature landscapes, this extraordinary performance blends film, music and theater in brilliant and surprising ways. Unlike anything you’ve seen before, Kiss & Cry is a theatrical achievement that will leave you breathless.

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Sat 4/7/18 8:00PM Kiss & Cry
Sun 4/8/18 3:00PM Kiss & Cry

Joyce DiDonato, <i>mezzo-soprano</i>
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe with “a warmth in [her] voice that can intensify into fire” (The New Yorker). With her latest and most personal album, In War and Peace, DiDonato offers powerful interpretations of Baroque arias. Now, making her Santa Barbara recital debut, she will perform her exquisite rendition of Handel’s “Lascia ch’io pianga” along with her Rossini bel canto and other gems.

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Sun 4/15/18 7:00PM Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

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

An Evening with Anne Lamott
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7:30pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Profound, caring and hopeful, author Anne Lamott is known for addressing complex subjects like addiction, motherhood and faith with self-effacing humor and ruthless honesty. Her wisdom and forthrightness has made her an “icon of blessed imperfection [whose] classics like Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird have become handbooks for parents and writers whose lives lean toward the joyously messy” ( Lamott’s numerous works of fiction and memoir include Grace (Eventually), Traveling Mercies and Imperfect Birds. With her latest, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, Lamott ventures to explore where to find meaning in life.

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Tue 4/24/18 7:30PM An Evening with Anne Lamott

Mark Morris Dance Group: <i>Pepperland</i>
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris returns to Santa Barbara with Pepperland, a new evening-length work celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Created for the City of Liverpool’s season-long tribute to the groundbreaking album, Pepperland features Morris’ ingenuity and musicality and is accompanied live by a seven-piece chamber ensemble. An original score by Ethan Iverson intersperses arrangements of album favorites “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “A Day in the Life,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Within You Without You” and “Penny Lane” with six original Pepper-inspired pieces intended especially for Morris. Co-commissioned by UCSB Arts & Lectures, this colorful work is a must-see for dance and Beatles fans alike.

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Thu 5/10/18 8:00PM Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland

An Evening with Audra McDonald
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

A luminous soprano, Audra McDonald’s breadth and versatility is unparalleled. With “a voice that will make you believe in angels” (Tribune News Service), she is radiant on Broadway and the world’s great opera stages as well as in film and television. McDonald was a three-time Tony Award winner by age 28 for her performances in Carousel, Master Class and Ragtime, and her 2014 performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill earned her a sixth Tony award and made her the first person to win all four acting categories. McDonald recently shone as part of the star-studded cast in the live-action twist on Disney’s timeless classic Beauty and the Beast. She has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people and received a National Medal of Arts. Backed by a superb trio of musicians, McDonald presents her trademark mix of show tunes, classic songs from movies and pieces written expressly for her by leading contemporary composers.

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Tue 5/15/18 7:00PM An Evening with Audra McDonald

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