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Performances

2019 – 2020 Season

Kristin Chenoweth

Wed, Oct 2 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

In this intimate evening, the treasure of stage and screen shows off her sparkling demeanor as she performs standards and classics from Broadway to Hollywood.
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Sankai Juku

Fri, Oct 4 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

With its sublime visual spectacles and deeply moving theatrical experiences, Tokyo’s Sankai Juku will perform the U.S. premiere of one of its strongest works, Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land.
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Fleck/Hussain/Meyer

Sat, Oct 19 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

This trio of musical masters and genre-benders move with ease among the worlds of classical, bluegrass and North Indian music, crossing sonic borders in an alchemical evening of magic.
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Chucho Valdes and Band

Sun, Oct 20 / 7:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

A protean performer and a singular force in music, Chucho Valdés revisits an exceptional early experiment pairing a piano jazz trio with batá drums, sacred instruments used in Santeria rituals.
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Z.E.N. Trio

Tue, Oct 22 / 7:00 PM / HAHN HALL

An enthralling piano trio of electrifying performers, the Z.E.N. Trio is made up of three standout solo musicians who captured the music world’s attention as BBC New Generation Artists.
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Ensemble Mik Nawooj

Fri, Nov 1 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Oakland’s innovative 10-piece hip-hop orchestra – two MCs, winds, strings, piano, drums and a lyric soprano – brings its cutting-edge stylings to renditions of Wu-Tang Clan and original songs.
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Farruquito

Tue, Nov 5 / 7:00 PM / ARLINGTON THEATRE

Andalusian flamenco royalty Farruquito blends fiercely stunning and intricate rhythmic foot patterns with elegant and expressive body movements and a masterful ensemble of dancers, singers and musicians.
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Dance Theatre of Harlem

Wed, Nov 6 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Celebrate 50 years of Dance Theatre of Harlem, the beloved, multiethnic company of 17 dancers performing a forward-thinking repertoire and presenting a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century.
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Danish String Quartet

Tue, Nov 12 / 7:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

A spectacular opportunity to witness our beloved Danes performing with 50 sparkling voices from their homeland.
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Danish String Quartet

Wed, Nov 13 / 7:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

The Nordic lads who’ve captured the hearts of Santa Barbara’s music lovers perform a profound evening of classical masterworks by Bach, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
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Sergio Mendes & Bebel Gilberto

Sun, Nov 17 / 7:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Celebrate 60 years of bossa nova with Sérgio Mendes, one of Brazil’s most internationally-renowned artists of all time, and Bebel Gilberto, a thrilling vocalist steeped in the genre.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Thu, Nov 21 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Iconic septet Preservation Hall Jazz Band delivers an immersive concert experience drawing on music from their recent album, So It Is, and cinematic visuals from the new documentary A Tuba to Cuba.
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Pink Martini

Sun, Dec 8 / 7:00 PM / ARLINGTON THEATRE

Pink Martini performs festive holiday songs from around the globe, from timeless classics to rarely heard gems, creating infectiously joyous music that will have you dancing in the aisles.
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Tommy Emmanuel

Sat, Dec 14 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Widely acknowledged as the international master of the solo acoustic guitar, Tommy Emmanuel will be joined by special guests to revisit his recent album, Accomplice One.
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Itzhak Perlman

Tue, Jan 21 / 6:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Itzhak Perlman’s special 75th birthday celebration is a uniquely personal multimedia experience that finds the violin virtuoso sharing stories from his life and career and performing with longtime pianist Rohan De Silva.
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Jon Boogz & Lil Buck

Wed, Jan 22 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Two of today’s most exciting artists join forces in a soul-stirring program of jaw-dropping dexterity, multimedia scenography and a stellar cast of movement artists, live musicians and a powerful spoken-word artist.
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Martha Graham Dance Company

Fri, Jan 24 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Martha Graham’s company showcases masterpieces by the mother of American modern dance alongside new works inspired by her legacy in a collection that makes bold statements about female power.
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Sat, Jan 25 / 7:00 PM / HAHN HALL

Firebrand Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinksaja returns with her frequent collaborator cellist Jay Campbell in a program spanning from the 11th century to a world premiere commissioned by A&L.
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Ranky Tanky

Sun, Jan 26 / 7:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Charleston’s high-spirited Ranky Tanky is a dynamo quintet mixing the lowcountry traditions of their West African ancestors with dynamic doses of jazz, gospel, funk and R&B.
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Black Violin

Tue, Jan 28 / 7:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

The classically-trained string duo Black Violin, plus a drummer and a DJ, is a one-of-a-kind mash-up of classical, hip hop, rock and R&B group with a message.
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Hanzhi Wang, accordion

Sat, Feb 1 / 4:00 PM / HAHN HALL

A 2017 Young Concert Artists First Prize Winner, accordionist Hanzhi Wang’s unconventional embrace of keyboard repertoire makes her an enthralling stand-out among today’s rising classical stars.
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Chris Thile

Tue, Feb 4 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist with a broad outlook that encompasses classical, rock, jazz, bluegrass and just about everything else.
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Daniil Trifonov, piano

Fri, Feb 7 / 7:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

With “playing that can only be described as a visceral experience” (The Washington Post), Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov makes his dazzling Santa Barbara debut in an all-Bach program anchored by “The Art of Fugue.”
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FLIP Fabrique

Sun, Feb 9 / 6:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Bringing the best in contemporary circus from Quebec to Santa Barbara, these expert jugglers, high flyers, aerialists and acrobats create a Blizzard that promises to blow away everything in its path.
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Sammy Miller

Thu, Feb 13 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Evangelists of swing, drummer Sammy Miller and his six-piece Congregation draw on a century of American songs, spreading joy throughout the world through their globally conscious music.
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Cirque Eloize

Tue, Feb 18 / 7:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Montreal’s Cirque Éloize blows into town with an elegant new work to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Hotel channels Art Deco-era Hollywood glamor with a combination of acrobatics, theater, dance and live music.
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Milos and Friends

Sun, Feb 23 / 4:00 PM / HAHN HALL

A young star who has revitalized the role of the guitar in classical music, Miloš makes his long-awaited Santa Barbara debut, joined by a string quartet and double bass.
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Grupo Corpo

Tue, Feb 25 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Brazil’s leading contemporary dance troupe Grupo Corpo returns with a phenomenal double bill of two works that showcase the 21-member group’s extraordinary range.
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Rosanne Cash w/ John Leventhal

Wed, Mar 4 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

With an iconic sound that transcends country, pop, rock and blues, Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal, her partner in life and music, summon powerful material, rich with history, heartache, strength and humanity.
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The Wood Brothers

Fri, Mar 6 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Grammy-nominated experimental roots trio The Wood Brothers combines soulful vocals, rich harmonies, unwavering grooves, a kaleidoscopic array of influences and exemplary musicianship into a must-see live show.
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West-Eastern Divan Ensemble

Sat, Mar 7 / 4:00 PM / HAHN HALL

The renowned West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, founded by conductor/pianist Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian scholar/author Edward Said, brings together outstanding young Palestinian and Israeli musicians. The ensemble, created by violinist Michael Barenboim (Daniel’s son) in honor of the orchestra's 25th year, extends the orchestra’s youthful energy, unique personality and profound message in an intimate chamber formation.
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Buddy Guy

Sat, Mar 7 / 7:00 PM / ARLINGTON THEATRE

Three blues legends – a pair of guitar heroes and a revered harmonica player – come together for an unforgettable night of music.
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Lyon Opera Ballet

Wed, Apr 1 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

France’s world-renowned Lyon Opera Ballet performs the West Coast premiere of its revolutionary program featuring three major woman choreographers – Maguy Marin, Lucinda Childs and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
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Lyon Opera Ballet

Thu, Apr 2 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

France’s world-renowned Lyon Opera Ballet performs the West Coast premiere of its revolutionary program featuring three major woman choreographers – Maguy Marin, Lucinda Childs and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
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Yamato

Sat, Apr 4 / 3:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Marking Yamato’s 25th anniversary, this thrilling, high-energy kaleidoscope of sound takes their virtuosity, strength, spirit and sheer endurance to a new level in a tremendous blend of skill, physicality and discipline.
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Yefim Bronfman, piano

Tue, Apr 7 / 7:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

This exquisite concert sees Yefin Bronfman, “a pianist... who can seemingly play anything” (The New York Times) performing with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, the orchestra’s principal string players, in a radiant program that includes Schumann’s sparkling, exuberant Piano Quintet in E-flat Major.
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DakhaBrakha

Thu, Apr 9 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

DakhaBrakha’s self-proclaimed “ethno-chaos” music has one foot in the urban avant-garde and the other in ancient Eastern European village culture.
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Jennifer Koh, violin

Wed, Apr 15 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

This multimedia theatrical collaboration between celebrated violinist Jennifer Koh and composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière incorporates Korean pansori to recount a personal story of the impact of immigration.
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Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers

Thu, Apr 16 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Pakistan’s acclaimed Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers perform riveting interpretations of qawwali, an ancient Sufi improvisational vocal tradition that dates back more than seven centuries.
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Brooklyn Rider

Tue, Apr 21 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Iconoclastic Brooklyn Rider’s new program focuses on Beethoven’s Opus 132 and newly-commissioned responses to the masterwork from five women composers including Pulitzer Prize-winners Caroline Shaw and Du Yun.
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Stile Antico

Sat, Apr 25 / 7:00 PM / TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH

The three-time Grammy-nominated group Stile Antico is one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles, renowned for vibrant and expressive performances of Renaissance polyphony.
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Gautier Capucon & Yuja Wang

Mon, Apr 27 / 7:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Incandescent pianist Yuja Wang returns in an exceptional duo alongside the dazzling French cellist Gautier Capuçon, her close friend and source of inspiration.
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Jon Batiste and Stay Human

Fri, May 1 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Following his life-affirming Santa Barbara debut last season Jon Batiste is back with the full force of his band, pounding the keys in a high-octane night of pure musical joy.
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Circa

Sat, May 2 / 3:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Straight from the score and onto the stage, Mozart appears amid a storm of powder, tumbling and twirling as daredevil artists and an accordionist fuse physical comedy and mischievous antics in this family show with a circus twist.
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Ephrat Asherie Dance

Thu, May 14 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

A New York-based b-girl with extensive training in ballet and modern dance, Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie returns with her company, revealing and exploring the complexities of street dance forms.
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