The Santa Barbara Chamber Players (“SBCP”) was created during the pandemic when local musicians joined together to play for each other as live performances were cancelled throughout the region. Our goal is to share our love of music with the community, inspiring and creating space for the next generation of musicians, bridging the gap between professional and educational music events with affordable high-quality live performances. All concerts will be presented with local musicians taking advantage of the deep pool of talent in the Santa Barbara area.
The SBCP’s first concert, on January 28, 2023 in Santa Barbara, featured Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7, a beautiful but lesser-known work by the composer, Aaron Copland’s popular Appalachian Spring, and the ethereal Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel.
Our April 2023 concert provided an exciting and rare opportunity. In 2017, five-time Grammy winning composer Lalo Schifrin wrote his Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra for Gene Pokorny, principal tuba for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Pokorny will perform the concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the Summer of 2023, and he generously offered to play the piece with the Santa Barbara Chamber Players Orchestra as part of a select few advance concerts across the nation.
Our conductor, Emmanuel Fratianni, is a Santa Barbara resident. Maestro Fratianni has conducted orchestras around the world including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico National Symphony and the Beijing Opera, and Performing Arts Orchestra, among others. He is an award-winning composer, with his music for video games recorded by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and London Symphony.
The Santa Barbara players aim to provide low-cost tickets for all concerts and complementary tickets for K-12 students. Please support our mission by donating. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, and your donation may be tax deductible.
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SBCP acknowledges the generous support of The Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts, a field of interest fund of the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, and the Music Academy.