The Santa Barbara Chamber Players

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 Inaugural 2023 Concert Series

Our conductor, Emmanuel Fratianni, is a Santa Barbara resident. He has led over 70 orchestras world-wide, most notably the San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore, Dallas and Detroit symphonies, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Beijing Opera and Performing Arts Orchestra.

He is an award-winning composer whose scores for video games have been performed by some of the finest and most recorded orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Photo courtesy of Todd Rosenberg Photography

Our April 2023 concert will provide an exciting, and rare, opportunity for our community and will be performed in Santa Barbara.  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 has generously offered to play the piece with the Santa Barbara Chamber Players Orchestra as part of a select few advance concerts across the nation. 

Purchase tickets here: SBCP Presents Borodin, Schifrin, and Elgar

We are a 501(c)(3) organization, and your donation may be tax deductible.

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.

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