It is easy to recognize accomplishments in musical performances, but a true milestone is giving back to the community alongside spectacular shows and renowned musical experiences. The accomplishments of the Community Arts Music Association (CAMA) and the Santa Barbara Symphony have only ever been matched with incredible work for people of all ages and backgrounds in the form of music education programs. Both organizations pride themselves on not only being a part of Santa Barbara but also engaging with its community.
One of the oldest arts organizations in Santa Barbara, Community Arts Music Association is unveiling its season program celebrating 100 years of incredible musical performances. CAMA’s mission has always been to add to the city’s cultural life and it has achieved this not only by bringing world-renowned classical artists and orchestras to Santa Barbara, but also through its constant focus on music education programs for all ages. The centennial season includes performances from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and many more.
For its 65th season, Santa Barbara Symphony is honoring the time it committed to the community as it grew into the innovative symphony for which it is now known. Founded in 1953, the symphony has always had artistic excellence in mind while working towards making world-class music an integral part of the Santa Barbara community. Along with this, it founded its award-winning Music Education Center to serve more than 10,000 students a year with both in-school and extra-curricular programs. Among the concerts of the upcoming season are performances of “Pictures at an Exhibition,” “Amadeus Live” and “Romeo & Juliet.”
Originally published in the Winter 2019 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.