Upcoming Events



Shostakovich: <i>The Year 1905</i>
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 7:30pm
Presented by Music Academy of the West
Academy Festival Orchestra

Larry Rachleff, Conductor

IVES: "Decoration Day" from A Symphony: New England Holidays
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905

Tickets may also be available from the Music Academy of the West at (805) 969-8787 or online through their website.

Sat 6/29/19 7:30PM Shostakovich: The Year 1905


<i>Viennese Connections</i>
Saturday, July 6, 2019, 7:30pm
Presented by Music Academy of the West
Academy Festival Orchestra

Matthias Pintscher, Conductor

MATTHIAS PINTSCHER: Towards Osiris: Study for Orchestra
ZEMLINSKY: Sinfonietta
BRAHMS / ORCHESTRA SCHOENBERG: Piano Quartet in G Minor

Tickets may also be available from the Music Academy of the West at (805) 969-8787 or online through their website.

Sat 7/6/19 7:30PM Viennese Connections


<i>Voyager Family Concert</i>
Friday, July 12, 2019, 6:00pm
Presented by Music Academy of the West
London Symphony Orchestra

Elim Chan, Conductor

Written by Gareth Davies and Victor Craven, from an original idea by Gareth Davies
Voyager film directed and created by Victor Craven

Including excerpts from:
STRAUSS: Also sprach Zarathustra
JOHN ADAMS: Short ride in a fast machine
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5
HOLST: “Jupiter” from The Planets
MESSIAEN: Les offrandes oubliées
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 10
IVES: The Unanswered Question
JOHN WILLIAMS: Flying Theme from E.T.

Tickets may also be available from the Music Academy of the West at (805) 969-8787 or online through their website.

Fri 7/12/19 6:00PM Voyager Family Concert


London Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, July 13, 2019, 7:30pm
Presented by Music Academy of the West
London Symphony Orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas, Signature Festival Conductor, LSO Partnership; LSO Conductor Laureate
James Ehnes, Violin

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS: Agnegram
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto
BARTOK: Concerto for Orchestra

Tickets may also be available from the Music Academy of the West at (805) 969-8787 or online through their website.

Sat 7/13/19 7:30PM London Symphony Orchestra


Jennifer Higdon's Opera <i>Cold Mountain</i>
Friday, August 2, 2019, 7:30pm
Sunday, August 4, 2019, 2:30pm

Presented by Music Academy of the West
Vocal Institute Fellows
Academy Festival Orchestra

Daniela Candillari, Conductor
James Darrah, Director
Evan Bravos Inman, Annaliese Klenetsky Ada, Talin Nalbandian Ruby, Sangmoon Lee Teague, Andrew Zimmerman Veasey

Based on Charles Frazier’s epic Civil War novel, Ada and Inman’s saga in the mountains of North Carolina reveals the damage of a nation divided. This exclusive new production by Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon is a West Coast premiere.

Tickets may also be available from the Music Academy of the West at (805) 969-8787 or online through their website.

Fri 8/2/19 7:30PM Jennifer Higdon's Opera Cold Mountain
Sun 8/4/19 2:30PM Jennifer Higdon's Opera Cold Mountain


Dvorak's Seventh Symphony
Saturday, August 10, 2019, 7:30pm
Presented by Music Academy of the West
Academy Festival Orchestra

Marin Alsop, Conductor

JENNIFER HIGDON: blue cathedral
HINDEMITH: Mathis der Maler
DVORÁK: Symphony No. 7


Tickets may also be available from the Music Academy of the West at (805) 969-8787 or online through their website.

Sat 8/10/19 7:30PM Dvorak's Seventh Symphony


<i>Festa Italiana</i>
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

The Santa Barbara Symphony opens its 66th season with a burst of energy courtesy of the great Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi. The overture to his mid-career masterpiece La Forza del Destino covers a range of emotion, but is ultimately propulsive and exhilarating. Critically acclaimed violinist Francesca Dego next performs Niccolò Paganini’s demanding Violin Concerto No. 1. Written during a three-month sojourn in Rome in 1880, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s fantasy Capriccio Italien offers a richly descriptive portrait of Italy. This delightful Italian-themed program concludes with Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, which radiates irresistible joy and affection.

Subscription packages are available through the Santa Barbara Symphony website or by calling (805) 898-9386.




Sat 10/19/19 8:00PM Festa Italiana
Sun 10/20/19 3:00PM Festa Italiana


Kabaretti Conducts Mozart & Mahler
Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, November 17, 2019, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Croatian soprano Lana Kos is increasingly in demand at top opera houses worldwide. Making her Santa Barbara debut, she will lend her powerful voice to a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s joyous religious motet Exsultate Jubilate. The recipient of several prestigious honors, including a Pulitzer Prize, contemporary composer Julia Wolfe draws inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres. Her virtuosic Fuel was inspired by the renowned chamber orchestra Ensemble Resonanz, as well as the sounds of transport and harbors. Gustav Mahler’s wondrous Symphony No. 4 is the most accessible of his works. Warm and lyrical, it combines deliberate simplicity with a wealth of invention.

Subscription packages are available through the Santa Barbara Symphony website or by calling (805) 898-9386.




Sat 11/16/19 8:00PM Kabaretti Conducts Mozart & Mahler
Sun 11/17/19 3:00PM Kabaretti Conducts Mozart & Mahler


Holiday Pops
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 8:00pm
Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

(Special Holiday Add-On)

In the spirit of the season, prepare to be delighted by your favorite holiday classics in a program led by guest conductor Andy Einhorn featuring Broadway star and singer Christiane Noll.

Subscription packages are available through the Santa Barbara Symphony website or by calling (805) 898-9386.




Sat 12/7/19 8:00PM Holiday Pops


New Year's Eve Pops
Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 8:30pm
Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

(Special Holiday Add-On)

Celebrating the music of Carole King, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and More.

Subscription packages are available through the Santa Barbara Symphony website or by calling (805) 898-9386.




Tue 12/31/19 8:30PM New Year's Eve Pops


"Eroica" Symphony
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 8:00pm
Sunday, January 19, 2020, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Israeli pianists Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg have thrilled audiences and critics alike on five continents. This performance will see them perform a new concerto based on Johannes Brahms’ G Minor Piano Quartet Op. 25. Created expressly for the duo, this remarkable piece of music is the work of contemporary Austrian composer Richard Dünser, who combined Brahms’ two original versions of the quartet. Honoring Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the symphony will close the evening with the intensely emotional Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”. This piece stands as a landmark achievement and one of the composers most celebrated works. In the words of the late American composer William Flanagan, “The appearance of no single work has so completely and irretrievably altered the face of art.”

Subscription packages are available through the Santa Barbara Symphony website or by calling (805) 898-9386.




Sat 1/18/20 8:00PM "Eroica" Symphony
Sun 1/19/20 3:00PM "Eroica" Symphony


Reif Conducts Tchaikovsky & Mozart
Saturday, Februay 15, 2020, 8:00pm
Sunday, February 16, 2020, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Hailed as one of his generation’s most promising conducting talents, German-born Christian Reif has impressed critics with his phenomenal poise and interpretive prowess. He will lead a program that opens with a work by another musical Wunderkind, Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer Michael Gilbertson. Continuing in a youthful vein, rising cellist Thomas Mesa will perform Tchaikovsky’s stunningly brilliant Variations on a Rococo Theme. Composed at the end of his life, La Clemenza di Tito reveals the full flower of Mozart’s mature genius. There is no mistaking the program’s concluding work – the Viennese master’s timeless and captivating Symphony No. 39

Subscription packages are available through the Santa Barbara Symphony website or by calling (805) 898-9386.




Sat 2/15/20 8:00PM Reif Conducts Tchaikovsky & Mozart
Sun 2/16/20 3:00PM Reif Conducts Tchaikovsky & Mozart


<i>An American in Paris -</i> The Film Accompanied by Live Orchestra
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8:00pm
Sunday, March 22, 2020, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

The iconic musical An American in Paris was inspired by George Gershwin’s jazz-infused orchestral treasure of the same name, and the Santa Barbara Symphony has combined the two for an unforgettable program of music and film! Gershwin’s evocative and vivid An American in Paris is arguably the finest musical love letter ever penned to a city, while director Vincente Minnelli’s Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Gene Kelly has lost none of its insouciant charm. Come hear the Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, provide live accompaniment to a screening of one of the world’s greatest movie musicals.

Subscription packages are available through the Santa Barbara Symphony website or by calling (805) 898-9386.




Sat 3/21/20 8:00PM An American in Paris - The Film Accompanied by Live Orchestra
Sun 3/22/20 3:00PM An American in Paris - The Film Accompanied by Live Orchestra


Carpenter Plays Poulenc & Saint-Säens
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 19, 2020, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Cameron Carpenter is an organist like no other. A former child prodigy, he has made an unlikely career of re-imagining the instrument while methodically dismantling the musty stereotypes that have long attended it. Known for his musical brilliance and flamboyant performances, he continues to push the boundaries of organ technique to breathtaking heights. Among other distinctions, Mr. Carpenter is the first solo organist ever nominated for a Grammy Award. For this program, he will perform Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Timpani, as well as Camille Saint-Säens’ Symphony No. 3. Additionally, prepare to be delighted by the first two movements of Claude Debussy’s mesmerizing Nocturnes.

Subscription packages are available through the Santa Barbara Symphony website or by calling (805) 898-9386.




Sat 4/18/20 8:00PM Carpenter Plays Poulenc & Saint-Säens
Sun 4/19/20 3:00PM Carpenter Plays Poulenc & Saint-Säens


Beethoven's 250th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, May 16, 2020, 8:00pm
Sunday, May 17, 2020, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

The Symphony closes the season with a celebratory tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven, an artist who is arguably the defining figure in the history of Western music. Inspired by Beethoven’s epic benefit concert of December 1808, which saw premieres of his Fourth Piano Concerto and Choral Fantasy, this program will also include his C major Mass in all its glory. Join Maestro Kabaretti and the Santa Barbara Symphony as they combine forces with pianist Alessio Bax, four talented vocal soloists, the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Quire of Voyces for an unforgettable 250th.

Subscription packages are available through the Santa Barbara Symphony website or by calling (805) 898-9386.




Sat 5/16/20 8:00PM Beethoven's 250th Birthday Celebration
Sun 5/17/20 3:00PM Beethoven's 250th Birthday Celebration