Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, brings its 2016-17 season to a memorable close with a festive celebration of Paris featuring Grammy Award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey at the Granada Theatre (1214 State St.) on May 13 and 14.
In addition to Saint-Saëns’ dramatic first Cello Concerto, the program includes Mozart’s grandly charming Symphony No. 31 “Paris,” Liszt’s Les preludes, and George Gershwin’s richly evocative An American in Paris. Concert times are 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 14.
“We are delighted to highlight these four composers’ storied ties to the City of Lights,” says Maestro Kabaretti, now in his 11th season as the Santa Barbara Symphony’s music director. “Soloist Zuill Bailey has had a long, fruitful relationship with the Santa Barbara Symphony, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him on hand for these concerts. A fitting conclusion to a spectacular season!”
Widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world, Bailey has been featured with symphony orchestras across the nation and has countless collaborations to his name. Bailey also recently received a 2017 Grammy Award (Classical Instrumental Solo category) for his performance of Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway with the Nashville Symphony.
Tickets can be purchased at granadasb.org or by calling 805/899-2222.
—Victoria Tai Murphy