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Courtesy of Santa Barbara Symphony

The Santa Barbara Symphony has announced its 2015-2016 seasons, beginning October 17, 2015 and running until May 15, 2016. The lineup will include theatrical and dance collaborations, a world premiere, and a special program celebrating Maestro Nir Kabaretti’s 10th year of involvement with the Symphony.

On Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, the Symphony kick starts its new season with the sensational Carmina Burana, a concert featuring Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture #3? and Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.” The concert will culminate with a show-stopping performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, during which the Symphony will be joined by both State Street Ballet and Santa Barbara Choral Society.

The Symphony will continue its season with other spectacular performances, including The Shakespeare Experience (Nov. 14-15); the New Year’s Eve Pops Concert (Dec. 31), showcasing favorites from stage, screen, and Broadway; Virtuosos of the Orchestra, which will feature the U.S. premiere of Italian composer Cristian Carrara’s Machpelah (Jan. 16-17); Piano of Rachmaninoff with guest conductor James Judd (Feb. 13-14); Sounds of the Ocean (Apr. 9-10), a nod to Santa Barbara’s intrinsic relationship to water; and an unforgettable season closer May 14-15.

Special to the 2015-2016 is Kabaretti’s 10th anniversary with the Symphony. In honor of this occasion, the Symphony is putting on a celebratory concert called A Decade of Kabaretti on March 12 and March 13. The concert will include two of the beloved masterpieces from Kabaretti’s first concerts as Music Director. Described by conducting legend Zubin Mehta as “a conductor of immense musicality,” Kabaretti will continue the legacy he set forth back in 2006 in impressive fashion.

“As I treasure the last ten years of exciting musical moments here in Santa Barbara, I feel very fortunate and privileged to be part of this musical family,” says Music and Artistic Director Nir Kabaretti. “I look forward to welcoming music fans to our 2015-16 season, as we play together with outstanding artists who, with their talent and passion will turn every concert into an unforgettable event.”

For more information on the Symphony’s 2015-2015 season, click here. To purchase subscriptions, call the Symphony office at 805/898-9386 or click here.

—Tiffany Taing

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