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Santa Barbara Symphony: Beethoven @ 250
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 7:00 PM PST
Category: Virtual Concerts & Programs

The Santa Barbara celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday with “Beethoven @ 250,” a unique chamber music performance of some of the most beloved works by the composer as well as some newly created arrangements of Beethoven classics. This performance will be recorded live on stage from the Music Academy of the West and delivered straight to audiences through the Symphony’s new digital streaming format. The Symphony’s presentation of Beethoven @ 250, “From Our Hearts to Your Ears!” will offer a new, personal take on the composer’s music and arrangements. Through state of the art audio recording and multi-camera work, this intimate performance gets “up close and personal” with symphony musicians, including concertmaster Jessica Guideri, principal trumpet Jon Lewis, clarinetist Juan Gallego, and principal cellist Trevor Handy. These symphony all-stars will be joined by guest performers including pianist Robert Koenig who serves as Chair of the UCSB Department of Music, and soprano Julia Metzler, among other special guests. Audiences will experience musical chemistry as they perform new adaptations of Beethoven’s music in unaccompanied solos and together in duos, trios, and quartets, in an intimate setting, hear Beethoven's homage to Mozart and enjoy personal reflections about Beethoven - his music and legacy - in the context of our time. Virtual tickets to Beethoven @ 250 start at just $43 per household with a series subscription and includes a one-time link that provides access to both the livestream and on-demand access for 30 days after the premiere broadcast. 


  • Nir Kabaretti, Santa Barbara Symphony Music & Artistic Director
  • Concertmaster Jessica Guideri
  • Principal trumpet Jon Lewis
  • Clarinetist Juan Gallego
  • Principal cellist Trevor Handy
  • Pianist Robert Koenig
  • Soprano Julia Metzler.

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