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The Santa Barbara Symphony
updated: Oct 22, 2011, 9:15 AM
Celebrating nearly 60 years of great music, the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra
Association was founded on the belief that a special city deserves a special orchestra.
The Symphony is celebrated for its unique ability to deliver brilliant orchestral concerts
while maintaining a strong commitment to education and community engagement. With
audiences almost twice the size of any orchestra in the Santa Barbara area, the Santa Barbara
Symphony is, according to Mayor Helene Schneider, "A jewel in Santa Barbara's crown."
In addition to a full concert season with internationally acclaimed artists and conductors,
the Symphony is dedicated to providing opportunities for local youth to experience and
participate in music while building self-esteem and community.
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These programs include:
• The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony: Three programs which take students from
their first experience with a string instrument in the String Workshop, into beginning
ensemble playing in the Junior Strings, and finally performing with the Youth
Symphony, a 65-70 member performing youth orchestra open to students aged 12-20
throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties;
• Junior Strings Orchestra: Prepares young musicians for admission to the Youth
• Strings Workshop: A weekly after-school string program in Goleta public schools
that offers small group instruction to students in grades 4 through 6;
• The Music Van: A beloved mobile music classroom filled with orchestral
instruments that makes annual visits to 3rd grade classrooms throughout Santa
• Concerts for Young People: A free performance that comes with interactive
curriculum introducing students in grades 4, 5, and 6 of Santa Barbara County to a
live orchestral experience.
• Musical Mentors: Provides local schools with the unique opportunity to interact
with distinguished professional guest artists from the Symphony's concert season.
2011-2012 Concert Season
"Once in a generation a cellist makes an irrefutable claim to the Elgar Concerto. …Lynn
Harrell took possession of the piece and won both the audience's undivided attention and a
standing ovation that recalled him to the stage four times." -The Boston Globe
On October 22nd & 23rd, the Symphony kicks off its 2011-12 Season Fantastique at The
Granada, with virtuoso cellist Lynn Harrell performing Edward Elgar's last major work,
Cello Concerto. The program also includes Berlioz masterpiece Symphonie Fantastique, and
Trompa Lontana by beloved American composer John Adams. Champagne will be served to
audience members at the Symphony's season opening concerts and Santa Barbara's classical
music station, KDB 93.7 FM, will simulcast the second half of the Saturday night concert, beginning at 9 p.m.
For more information about the 2011-12 Season and to purchase subscriptions, call the
Santa Barbara Symphony Office at (805) 898-9386 or go online to www.thesymphony.org
Student tickets are available for $10 with valid student ID.
How to Get Involved
The Santa Barbara Symphony is always looking for volunteers who love music and are
excited about sharing the Symphony's programs with the community. Or, if you would like
to make a donation to support the Symphony's great concerts and important music education
programs for the youth in our community, find out more at www.thesymphony.org.
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