The Santa Barbara Symphony with guest conductor Carolyn Kuan performs John Corigliano’s Academy Award-winning score for The Red Violin. The symphony is accompanied by François Girard’s mesmerizing film in totality, at the Granada Theatre (1214 State St. in Santa Barbara) on Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 17 at 3 p.m. The June 17 show features Canadian violinist Lara St. John as soloist.
Originally scheduled for January 20 and 21, these concerts were postponed in response of the disastrous debris flows in Montecito earlier that month. Tickets purchased for the originally scheduled concerts will be honored at these performances.
Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin states, “We view these concerts as another small step toward reclaiming a semblance of normalcy for our community…There’s something cathartic—exultant even—about returning to a program thought to be another casualty of the devastating mud flows in Montecito. And what a program it is: 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.”
Girard’s 1998 drama follows the complex history of a superb antique violin from its creation in 17th century Italy to an auction room in modern-day Montreal. The large ensemble cast includes Samuel L. Jackson and Greta Scacchi. Roger Ebert depicts The Red Violin as having “the kind of sweep and vision that we identify with elegant features from decades ago.” Violinist extraordinaire Joshua Bell performs the solos on the soundtrack, which received an Academy Award in 2000.
A violinist since age two, St. John made her first solo appearance with an orchestra when she was only four years old. She then made her European debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon six years later. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, as well as prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia/New Zealand.
The conductor of this event, Carolyn Kuan, has enjoyed successful relations with top-tier orchestras, opera companies, ballet companies, and festivals worldwide. She is the music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
The Santa Barbara Symphony was founded in 1953 on the belief that a special city should have a special orchestra. Consistently praised for its exceptional ability to present marvelous concerts, interact with the community, and provide advanced music education programs.