Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2022-23: world premieres, Beethoven monodrama, orchestra’s 60th anniversary

Posted on: July 12, 2022

The Santa Barbara Symphony in California has announced seven 2022-23 subscription concerts, beginning in October with Orff’s Carmina Burana in a performance led by Music Director Nir Kabaretti and featuring State Street Ballet. Also planned during the season are three world premieres: local composer and preservationist Cody Westheimer’s Wisdom of the Sky, Water, Earth, a orchestral and visual homage to the region’s Chumash heritage; Jonathan Leshnoff’s Concerto Grosso, commissioned for orchestra’s 60th anniversary; and Ted Nash’s Transformation. In addition to standard repertoire, the season will include Elmer Bernstein’s Toccata for Toy Trains concert suite (arr. Peter Bernstein); a multimedia tribute to composer John Williams; Miguel Del Aguila’s Concerto for Violin El; and Ella Milch-Sheriff’s Beethoven-themed monodrama The Eternal Stranger in a staging by Jonathan Fox, on a program also featuring Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Symphony No. 4.