Upcoming Events

<i>Rhapsody in Blue</i>
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony
Nir Kabaretti , Conductor
Jeffrey Biegel, Piano

The 65th Anniversary Season begins with a program every bit equal to the occasion, beginning with the folk- and gospel-infused American Rhapsody. Chart-topping recording artist Jeffrey Biegel, next takes to the piano for George Gershwin’s wonderfully intoxicating Rhapsody in Blue, and opening weekend concludes with Berlioz’s epic Symphonie Fantastique.

Sat 10/20/18 8:00PM Rhapsody in Blue
Sun 10/21/18 3:00PM Rhapsody in Blue

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 4:00pm
Presented by CAMA
Daniel Harding, Conductor

Two of the nation’s most prestigious classical music institutions come together to mark a shared Centennial as CAMA opens its 100th anniversary season with a performance by the dynamic Los Angeles Philharmonic, which is also celebrating its own century of excellence in 2018/2019, having performed well over 250 concerts in Santa Barbara for CAMA over the past century. On the podium will be British conductor Daniel Harding, who was mentored by both Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado and has since enjoyed a quintessentially meteoric career as one of the world’s most sought-after conductors. Masaot/Clocks without Hands by contemporary Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth was first performed by the Vienna Philharmonic – under the baton of Daniel Harding.

All ticket holders for the Los Angeles Philharmonic are invited to CAMA's Red Carpet Reception from 3PM-4PM on 10/28/18, one hour prior to the concert. Complementary beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served in the lobby and in the Miller McCune Founders room. The event will feature exhibits of CAMA over the past 100 years, a CAMA film historical review, and will kickoff CAMA's Centennial Season.

Sun 10/28/18 4:00PM Los Angeles Philharmonic

<i>La Boheme</i>
Friday, November 9, 2018, at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 2:30pm

Presented by Opera Santa Barbara

Opera Santa Barbara launches their 25th anniversary season with Puccini’s beloved story of love, friendship and loss. Omer Ben Saedia directs and Kostis Protopapas conducts a classic production from Des Moines Metro Opera. The cast features rising stars Eleni Calenos as Mimi and Nathan Granner as Rodolfo in their OSB debuts, company favorite Luis Alejandro Orozco as Marcello, and 2017-18 Chrisman Studio Artist Elle Valera as Musetta.

Subscription packages including performances of Eugene Onegin (March 1 & 3, 2019) and The Crucible (April 26 & 28, 2019) at the Lobero Theatre are available! For subscriber savings call the Granada Theatre Box Office at (805) 899-2222.

Fri 11/9/18 7:30PM La Boheme
Sun 11/11/18 2:30PM La Boheme

<i>The Rite of Spring</i>
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, November 18, 2018, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony
Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Ensemble Theatre Company Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director
State Street Ballet William Soleau, Co-Artistic Director

Ensemble Theatre and State Street Ballet join the symphony for this landmark program marking the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s Faustian parable The Soldier’s Tale paired with his ballet The Rite of Spring, a work that changed the course of 20th-century music.

Sat 11/17/18 8:00PM The Rite of Spring
Sun 11/18/18 3:00PM The Rite of Spring

<i>Holiday Pops</i>
Saturday, November 24, 2018, 1:00pm: FREE Family Concert*
Saturday, November 24, 2018, 8:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Holiday Pops Free Family Concert*
General admission tickets available November 1st, 2018 from the Granada Theatre Box Office.
Santa Barbara Youth Symphony
Andy Radford, Youth Symphony Conductor

Holiday Pops
Nir Kabaretti , Conductor
Capathia Jenkins, Vocals

In the spirit of the season, bring your family and guests “Home for the Holidays” Thanksgiving Day weekend. Prepare to be delighted and warmed by your favorite holiday classics in a program curated and led by the Santa Barbara Symphony’s celebrated Music and Artistic Director, Nir Kabaretti.

*Just for the young and the young at heart, an abbreviated Family Matinee program will be performed at 1:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the Granada Theatre Box Office starting Thursday, November 1st at 10am on a first-come first-serve basis only. There is a 4 ticket per household limit.

Sat 11/24/18 8:00PM Holiday Pops

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by CAMA
Avi Avital, Mandolin


Founded in 1968 as an artistic outlet for the recording industry’s most gifted musicians, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has spent the ensuing five decades methodically burnishing its reputation as one of the world’s top ensembles. A musical force in his own right, “Explosively charismatic” (The New York Times) virtuoso mandolin soloist Avi Avital has emerged as one of the foremost ambassadors for his instrument. This concert will see them team up for an all-Vivaldi program, including two of the Venetian Baroque master’s concertos for two violins; of course, no Vivaldi program would be complete without The Four Seasons, his beloved collection of violin concertos, to be performed with Avital on mandolin.

While there is no ticket fee, tickets are required, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. CAMA season subscribers have priority and first option for reserving seats. The public will have the opportunity to reserve no-cost tickets starting Friday, September 28, 2018.

There is a 2 ticket limit per household. Seating is assigned and not general admission. The age limit is "junior high age or older."

Tue 12/11/18 8:00PM Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

New Year’s Eve Pops
Monday, December 31, 2018, 8:30pm -10:30pm
Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony
Bob Bernhardt, Guest Pops Conductor

Join Santa Barbara’s most festive and elegant New Year’s Eve tradition! Our beloved guest pops conductor Bob Bernhardt will lead the orchestra in a rousing program of classics and popular favorites.

Mon 12/31/18 8:30PM New Year’s Eve Pops

Itzhak Perlman
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7:00pm
Presented by CAMA
Itzhak Perlman, Violin
Rohan De Silva, Piano

Cultural icon, virtuoso, transcendent superstar – when the subject is violinist Itzhak Perlman the superlatives stack up quickly, yet somehow fail to give a full account of his status, talent, and near-universal appeal. His numerous accolades include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Kennedy Center Honor, the National Medal of Arts, and a Medal of Liberty. Maestro Perlman (Co-Chair of the CAMA Centennial Honorary Artist Council) returns for his 6th CAMA concert appearance going back 50+ years to when he first performed for CAMA as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1967 at age 21. He’ll be joined by acclaimed pianist Rohan De Silva, a Best Accompanist honoree at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and a longtime Perlman collaborator.

Tue 1/15/19 7:00PM Itzhak Perlman

<i>Pictures at an Exhibition</i>
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony
Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Jessica Guideri, Violin
Trevor Handy , Cello

Brahms’ daring Double Concerto for Violin and Cello ingeniously combines the sonority and range of both instruments. Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is a musical succession of striking tableaus, followed by Maurice Ravel’s hypnotic and seductive work, Boléro.

Sat 1/19/19 8:00PM Pictures at an Exhibition
Sun 1/20/19 3:00PM Pictures at an Exhibition

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 8:00pm
Presented by CAMA
Nicholas McGegan, Music Director
Rachel Barton Pine, Violin

Renowned as an interpreter of a wide range of classical music, English-born conductor Nicholas McGegan was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for “services to music overseas” by Queen Elizabeth in 2010. He has served since 1985 as Music Director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, establishing it as the leading period performance ensemble in the United States. The Philharmonia is dedicated to capturing the spirit and distinctive sound of music from the Baroque to the early Romantic periods using authentic instruments and stylistic conventions. American violinist Rachel Barton Pine, the youngest-ever gold medal winner of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, will join the orchestra for the rarely performed Violin Concerto in D major of violinist Franz Clement (one of Beethoven’s closest friends, for whom he composed his own Violin Concerto in D major).

Tue 2/5/19 8:00PM Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Beethoven’s Triple
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, February 17, 2019, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony
Nir Kabaretti , Conductor
Paul Huang, Violin
Ani Aznavoorian, Cello
Gilles Vonsattel, Piano

Co-commissioned by the Santa Barbara Symphony, Schwantner’s enchantingly delicate Chasing Light sets the stage for Beethoven’s unique and expansive Triple Concerto. Robert Schumann’s Symphony No.3 is a musical landscape inspired by the history and spirit of Europe’s mighty Rhine river.

Sat 2/16/19 8:00PM Beethoven’s Triple
Sun 2/17/19 3:00PM Beethoven’s Triple

Russian National Orchestra
Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 8:00pm
Presented by CAMA
Mikhail Pletnev, Conductor
George Li, Piano

The Russian National Orchestra was founded by Mikhail Pletnev in 1990 as a courageous demonstration of artistic freedom during the Soviet regime and has risen to the pinnacle of the classical music world; it was selected recently as one of the world’s top orchestras by a panel of international critics. The RNO will perform a special all-Rachmaninoff program celebrating the 100th Anniversary of his arrival in America in 1918, when he took up permanent US residence for the rest of his life (and performed twice for CAMA at the Lobero in 1929 and 1941). The all-Rachmaninoff program will include his ever-popular Second Piano Concerto featuring Tchaikovsky Competition silver medalist George Li.

Wed 2/27/19 8:00PM Russian National Orchestra

Anne-Sophie Mutter, <i>violin</i>
Friday, March 8, 2019, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures
with Lambert Orkis, piano

Anne-Sophie Mutter is a musical phenomenon: For 40 years, the German violin marvel has been a fixture on the international stages of the world’s major concert halls, making her mark on the classical music scene as a soloist, mentor and visionary. A four-time Grammy Award winner, the supreme virtuoso’s artistry embraces tonal richness, transcendent expression and profound musicianship.

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Fri 3/8/19 7:00PM Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

<i>Amadeus Live</i>
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, March 17, 2019, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony
Dirk Brossé, Conductor
Santa Barbara Symphony Chorus
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

Amadeus – The Film Accompanied by Live Orchestra

Experience the motion picture Amadeus on HD screen while Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live by the Santa Barbara Symphony and chorus. Winner of eight Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Milos Foreman’s sumptuous Amadeus is an aural and visual treat for all the senses.

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, nudity and language.

Amadeus Live is a production of Avex Classics International

Sat 3/16/19 8:00PM Amadeus Live
Sun 3/17/19 3:00PM Amadeus Live

Philharmonia Orchestra
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 8:00pm
Presented by CAMA
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor

Local favorite Esa-Pekka Salonen, former music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, returns to Santa Barbara for the third time as principal conductor of London’s world-class Philharmonia Orchestra. This will be Salonen’s 14th appearance as conductor for CAMA over the past 25+ years – 11 concerts with the LA Phil from 1993 to 2008 followed by 3 concerts with the Philharmonia – more than any other conductor in the 100-year history of CAMA! Fittingly, he’ll lead the Philharmonia in a performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s Romantic tone poem Verklärte Nacht – originally a string sextet later arranged for string orchestra – as well as Anton Bruckner’s expansive Symphony No.7.

Wed 3/20/19 8:00PM Philharmonia Orchestra

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Friday, April 5, 2019, 8:00pm
Presented by CAMA
Thomas Søndergård, Conductor
Olga Kern, Piano

Since its founding in 1891, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has played an integral role in the musical life of its namesake country, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament building in 2004. Known originally as the Scottish Orchestra, the ensemble was awarded Royal Patronage in 1977. Today the orchestra is led by the brilliant Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård serving his first season as music director. The RSNO program will feature symphonies by Sibelius and Prokofiev and also will celebrate Rachmaninoff’s 100th Anniversary in the US with a performance of his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Russian-American piano soloist Olga Kern, the first woman to receive the Gold Medal at the prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Competition, back in 2001.

Fri 4/5/19 8:00PM Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Verdi’s <i>Requiem</i>
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony
Nir Kabaretti , Conductor
Colleen Daly, Soprano
Harold Meers , Tenor
Luca Dall’Amico , Bass
Community Chorus

Best known for his operas Aida, Rigoletto, and La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi’s powerful Requiem combines the drama of opera and the thrill of outstanding symphonic writing. In the words of Johannes Brahms, “Only a genius could have written such a work.”

Sat 4/13/19 8:00PM Verdi’s Requiem
Sun 4/14/19 3:00PM Verdi’s Requiem

Silkroad Ensemble
Friday, April 26, 2019, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Heroes Take Their Stand

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble will perform the world premiere of a bold new project,Heroes Take Their Stands. This evening-length multimedia program tells the stories of five heroic figures from diverse cultures – from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Elektra of Greek mythology, to Arjuna of Hindu epic poetry – capturing the drama of the moral borderland between conflicting values, and asking, “What does it mean to take a stand in a moment of moral uncertainty? What does an everyday hero look like? And how can an ordinary person make a difference?” Arts & Lectures is thrilled to be the lead commissioner on this new project with the renowned Silkroad Ensemble and its collaborating partners, including Bharatanatyam dancer/choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy (working with Colin Jacobsen) and puppeteer/filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian (working with Kayhan Kalhor).

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Fri 4/26/19 8:00PM Silkroad Ensemble

Bell-Isserlis-Denk Trio
Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

In a joint performance by a standout trio of virtuosic performers, three longtime friends and collaborators come together to offer an unparalleled evening of music. Violinist Joshua Bell, British cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk are not only among today’s most notable musicians, but also compelling ambassadors who have defined what it means to be a classical musician in the 21st century. Together, these masters at the top of their crafts bring bravura, beauty and “magical intimacy” (The Strad, U.K.) to a program rich in Romantic melody and color.

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Tue 5/7/19 7:00PM Bell-Isserlis-Denk Trio

<i>Romeo & Juliet</i>
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony
Nir Kabaretti , Conductor
Leann Sandel-Pantaleo, Mezzo-Soprano

Shakespeare’s immortal tragedy Romeo and Juliet has inspired many masterful scores and Tchaikovsky’s is perhaps the most emotionally resonant of them all. Next: Elmer Bernstein’s eclectic, post-Romantic Songs of Love and Loathing before concluding the 65th Anniversary season in high style with Antonín Dvorák’s euphoric Symphony No. 8.

Sat 5/11/19 8:00PM Romeo & Juliet
Sun 5/12/19 3:00PM Romeo & Juliet