Pixel Tracker

Thursday, March 21 , 2019, 1:19 am | Fair 49º


Guitar’s the Hero at Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2nd International Festival

Young performers, family opportunities are among the highlights of the March 21-29 strings fling.

The sounds of guitar music from around the world will fill the air in Santa Barbara next month during the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2nd International Guitar Festival.

“We are honored to share the festival stage with this year’s dedicated parties and sponsors,” Santa Barbara Symphony executive director John Robinson said last week. “We are truly working together ‘in concert’ to make the International Guitar Festival the highly anticipated event it has become for Santa Barbara.”

The weeklong celebration of the world-popular stringed instrument includes performances by noted musicians all over town.

Highlights of the March 21-29 festival include performances from the younger members of the community. Sixteen-year-old “wunderkind” guitarist Tim Callobre and the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony’s 13-year-old Sofiya Prykhitko will be accompanied by the full youth symphony at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido, on March 22.

On March 25, the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and actor John Cleese roll out their world premiere of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote: Words and Music from the Time of Cervantes.

“We don’t know quite what to expect,” Robinson explained.

Those who can’t make it to the evening events can catch the festival’s lunchtime series on the steps of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.

So why so much fuss over guitars?

According to Robinson, the instrument’s versatility helped make it popular all over the world.

“The guitar can speak to all sorts of audiences,” he said. The guitar can be traced back thousands of years as one of the earliest string instruments, in a family that has grown to include classical and electric guitars, the Indian sitar, the Japanese shamisen, the harp and the piano.

For local guitar pickup manufacturer Seymour Duncan, it was the instrument that inspired his career.

“Being involved in music has given me a chance to travel around the world,” he said.

Duncan is sponsoring “Guitar Hero: An Evening with the Legendary Leo Kottke” at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St., on March 24, as well as the family concert at The Granada, 1214 State St., at noon March 28 featuring the Brasil Guitar Duo. The Santa Barbara Symphony will be providing free tickets to the noon event to families through local youth agencies.

The festival closes out with the West Coast premiere of the LAGQ’s newly commissioned concerto “Interchange.” LAGQ member John Dearman described it as a confluence of four different styles of guitar music that interact — “something like a freeway interchange in L.A.” — and come together in the end.

Click here for more information on the festival and tickets to events.

Write to [email protected]

Support Noozhawk Today!

Our professional journalists work tirelessly to report on local news so you can be more informed and engaged in your community. This quality, local reporting is free for you to read and share, but it's not free to produce.

You count on us to deliver timely, relevant local news, 24/7. Can we count on you to invest in our newsroom and help secure its future?

We provide special member benefits to show how much we appreciate your support.

I would like give...
Great! You're joining as a Red-Tailed Hawk!
  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.