Santa Barbara Symphony: ‘The Red Violin’

Posted on Jan 16 by SEASONS Magazine

Courtesy Santa Barbara Symphony.

Courtesy Santa Barbara Symphony.

Editor’s Note: We just received this Message from Santa Barbara Symphony

Due to the limited access to and through the Santa Barbara area for our musicians and patrons and the emotional impact of the fire and flooding in the Ventura, Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito areas, the Santa Barbara Symphony has decided to postpone this weekend’s The Red Violin concerts until June 16 and 17. Tickets purchased for the January 20 and 21 dates of The Red Violin are automatically transferred to the June dates. 

If you have questions, please call the Symphony Office directly at (805) 898-9386.

The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor Carolyn Kuan, will perform John Corigliano’s Academy Award-winning score for The Red Violin, accompanied by François Girard’s engrossing film in its entirety, at the Granada Theatre on Saturday, January 20, and Sunday, January 21.

Featuring Canadian violinist Lara St. John as soloist, the concerts will take place at 8 pm on January 20 and at 3 pm on January 21. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at or by calling 805/899-2222.

“What a way to start the new year! Lara St. John will remarkably recreate the demanding solo passages depicted on screen, in what amounts to a virtuosic two-hour concerto. We are very pleased to present this exciting pairing of film and live symphonic music,” says Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin.

Girard’s 1998 drama traces the intricate history of an exquisite antique violin from its creation in 17th century Italy to an auction room in modern-day Montreal. During the intervening centuries the instrument figures prominently in the lives of its owners in Austria, Oxford, and China during the Cultural Revolution. The large ensemble cast includes Samuel L. Jackson and Greta Scacchi.

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2017-18 season will continue February 17 and 18 with a tribute to Leonard Bernstein featuring guest soprano Lisa Vroman and singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society. Additional highlights include celebrated Ukrainian pianist Alexander Romanovsky performing Liszt’s first Piano Concerto, followed by Tchaikovsky’s affecting Symphony No. 5 (March 24 and 25); Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 6 (April 21 and 22); and a season-ending program uniting Santa Barbara Symphony Concertmaster Jessica Guideri with the acclaimed Anne Akiko Meyers for Vivaldi’s Double Violin Concerto (May 19 and 20).

The Granada Theatre is located at 1214 State St.. Complete season program information is available online at



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