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: Brandon, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Roosevelt, Open Alternative, Cleveland, Harding, McKinley, Monroe, Hollister, Isla Vista, Coastline Academy, Franklin, Adams, Solvang, Providence, SB Charter, Notre Dame, St. Raphael, La Cañada, Crestview, Santa Barbara Community Academy, Vieja Valley, Foothill, Washington, Kellogg, Monte Vista, El Montecito, Mountain View, Hope, Marymount, Oak Valley, Knox School, Santa Ynez Christian, Los Berros, La Honda, Olive Grove Charter, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Montessori Center, Laguna Blanca, The Howard School, Adelante Charter, Garden Street Academy, Waldorf and El Camino.
For more information, visit thesymphony.org or call 805/898-9386.