Santa Barbara Symphony Performs Beethoven’s Triple

Posted on Feb 14 by SEASONS Magazine

Courtesy Santa Barbara Symphony.

The Santa Barbara Symphony continues their 65th Anniversary season with a performance of Beethoven’s Triple, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, on Saturday, February 16 at 8  p.m. and Sunday, February 17 at 3 p.m. at The Granada Theatre.

The evening begins with Joseph Schwantner’s enchantingly delicate Chasing Light, a work the Symphony co-commissioned more than ten years ago. The work was made possible through the Ford Made in America Program, which helps to bring new work from internationally recognized composers to orchestras that normally otherwise not have such an opportunity.

The evening continues with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, which first debuted in 1804, and is Beethoven’s only concerto completed for more than one solo instrument. The Symphony’s performance will feature three stellar musicians with a rich history of performing locally: violinist Paul Huang and cellist Ani Aznavoorian, both of Camerata Pacifica, and pianist Gilles Vonsattel, who regularly performs with the celebrated ensemble. 

Closing the evening will be Robert Schumann’s popular five-movement Symphony No.3, which is said to have been inspired by the history and spirit of Europe’s mighty Rhine river. The piece, also known as the “Rhenish” Symphony,  is the last work composed by Schumann and features five-movements instead of the usual four. The “extra” fifth movement was inspired by a procession Schumann and his wife Clara had seen near the Cologne cathedral.

Join the Santa Barbara Symphony for this triad of distinct and masterful performances at The Granada Theatre. For tickets click here or call the Granada Box Office at 805/899-2222.

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