Upcoming Events

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

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

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

<i>The Red Violin</i>
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

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

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.

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 https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
Mon 2/12/18 7:00PM Cameron Carpenter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
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

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 Akiko Meyers
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

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 An Evening with Anne Akiko Meyers
Sun 5/20/18 3:00PM An Evening with Anne Akiko Meyers