SB Symphony and State Street Ballet Present Stravinsky’s Firebird

Posted on Feb 7 by SEASONS Magazine

Even the most expensive pair of headphones will never fully capture the largest crescendo or the most delicate diminuendo— there’s simply nothing quite like witnessing a live production of great classical music, especially with Santa Barbara Symphony. On Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, Santa Barbara Symphony teams up with State Street Ballet for a production of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird, the orchestral masterpiece which sky-rocketed Stravinsky to international fame more than 100 years ago, at the Granada Theatre. The concert will feature the world premiere of William Soleau’s Firebird choreography under the direction of Rodney Gustafson, and a grand moment for harpist Michelle Temple as she opens with Debussy’s Sacred and Profane Dances for solo harp and string orchestra.  The Symphony will follow with Brahms’ memorable Third Symphony, with Firebird as the powerful finale.These concerts mark the 60th Anniversary of Santa Barbara Symphony.
“We reunite with the magnificent talents of the State Street Ballet to bring to life the work that launched Stravinsky’s career,” says Nir Kabaretti, the Symphony’s music and artistic director. “We welcome Santa Barbara to experience the power of dance set to a live orchestra.”

Conductor Nir Kabaretti,  c/o Santa Barbara Symphony

Conductor Nir Kabaretti, courtesy of Santa Barbara Symphony

Soleau’s choreography will highlight the drama and joy of Stravinksy’s crowning achievement. Soleau’s last collaboration with Santa Barbara Symphony premiered to rave reviews and a full house.

“I have always loved this music and am excited to create new choreography for this collaboration between the Symphony and the State Street Ballet,” Soleau says. “It is an honor for me to work again with Nir Kabaretti to bring this iconic work to life.”

Each concert is preceded by a lecture called “Music Behind the Music,” held one hour before the concert for any ticket-holder looking for more insight into the evening’s musical offerings.

Saturday’s concert begins at 8 p.m. and Sunday’s at 3 p.m. Buy tickets online here or at the door. For more information, call 805/898-9386.
Rest-assured, we’ll all be whistling the Firebird’s main theme next week.
-Chelsea Joy


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