UCSB Arts & Lectures recently announced its 2017-2018 season featuring more than 60 events. Included are 14 Santa Barbara debuts, two new series and two co-commissioned performances.
Highlights include beloved actor Bill Murray; today’s most sought-after opera diva Joyce DiDonato; The Daily Show host Trevor Noah; late-night satirical news show host Samantha Bee; illustrious pianist Lang Lang; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with renowned conductor Zubin Mehta; Mexican-American baladeer Lila Downs; and former Vice President Joe Biden.
The new season kicks off on Sept. 27, with Lila Downs.
“A&L’s 2017-2018 season of performances and public lectures unveils surprises and explores new ideas,” says Miller McCune Executive Director Celesta M. Billeci. “From opening week with Lila Downs, Lang Lang and Bill Murray, to month after month of fantastic performances and enlightening talks, Arts & Lectures is once again the place to be. This season, you’ll find old Friends and new faces. We are always eager to see favorites like Cirque Éloize, Pink Martini and Audra McDonald—but we also look forward to meeting pop culture dynamos Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee, along with former Vice President Joe Biden and other leading thinkers and change-makers. And, we are so thrilled to be able to present former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whose lecture was confirmed just after the brochure went to print.”
She continues, “New this year is the Speaking with Pico series, conversations between our beloved Pico Iyer and four innovative thinkers who represent some of the best creative minds of today. We are also proud to include a new Theater series featuring the brilliant and surprising Belgian production Kiss & Cry. I’d be remiss if I didn’t call out these phenomenal artists whom we are deeply grateful for the opportunity to host: the incomparable Israel Philharmonic
Orchestra with the great Zubin Mehta, superstar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza in an irresistible Carmen. To have artists of this caliber on our season is an honor and a delight.”
Subscriber orders are filled in the order received. Subscribe early for best available seating. Fri., Aug. 4 is the last day subscribers get first dibs on this season’s events before single tickets go on sale Sat., Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. For more information about Arts & Lectures, call 805/893-3535 or visit ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.
UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges the generous support of SAGE for its major corporate support of the 2016-17 season.