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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


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


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


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


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


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