Santa Barbara Symphony Presents Free Concerts for Young People

Posted on Jan 25 by SEASONS Magazine

Courtesy of Santa Barbara Symphony

Courtesy of Santa Barbara Symphony.

The Santa Barbara Symphony presents four Concerts for Young People at the Granada Theatre (1214 State St.) in hopes of introducing children to the wonders of the orchestra. The event takes place over two days, with two performances on Thursday, January 26 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and two on Friday, January 27 at the same times.

The Concerts for Young People program has been a tradition for more than 60 years and the program is specifically designed to give kid-friendly symphonic performances and demonstrations.

Each program is 45 minutes long and is comprised of works by Beethoven, Elgar and more. Holly Radford, a 17 year old violinist, Santa Barbara resident and member of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony is featured as the soloist for Pablo de Sarasate’s “Zigeunerweisen.” David Lockington, renowned music director of the Modesto and Pasadena symphonies, is the guest conductor for the Santa Barbara Symphony throughout all four Concerts for Young People.

“The goal is to encourage children to actively engage with the music, so that they’re creating imagery in their minds as they listen. We view music, particularly classical music, as a vitally important developmental tool for young students. Learning potential aside, attendees always enthusiastically enjoy these concerts,” says Dr. Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony.

The list of Santa Barbara Unified School District schools that will attend the Concerts for Young People include: BrandonOur Lady of Mount CarmelRooseveltOpen AlternativeClevelandHardingMcKinleyMonroeHollisterIsla VistaCoastline AcademyFranklinAdamsSolvangProvidenceSB CharterNotre DameSt. RaphaelLa CañadaCrestviewSanta Barbara Community AcademyVieja ValleyFoothillWashingtonKelloggMonte VistaEl MontecitoMountain ViewHopeMarymountOak ValleyKnox SchoolSanta Ynez ChristianLos BerrosLa HondaOlive Grove CharterLos OlivosSanta YnezMontessori CenterLaguna BlancaThe Howard SchoolAdelante CharterGarden Street AcademyWaldorf and El Camino.

For more information, visit or call 805/898-9386.

—Lauren Bennett


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