Saturday, July 21 , 2018, 3:48 am | Overcast 64º


Gerald Carpenter: Santa Barbara Youth Symphony to Salute Early Spring

Director Andy Radford will lead the ensemble in a Sunday afternoon concert at the Lobero

Santa Barbara Youth Symphony director Andy Radford
Santa Barbara Youth Symphony director Andy Radford

The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, conducted by its popular music director, Andy Radford, will offer its spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido.

The featured player at this concert will be Kassra Rafiee, a senior at Foothill High School in Ventura , who will play the solo part in the First Movement (allegro ma non troppo) of the Concerto in F-Major for Bassoon and Orchestra, Opus 75 by Carl Maria von Weber.

The rest of the program will consist of the Academic Festival Overture (Akademische Festouvertüre), Opus 80 by Johannes Brahms; the Sinfonia No. 4 in G-Major “Alla rustica” by Antonio Vivaldi and Movements I, II, and V of the Symphony No. 3 in D-Major, Opus 29, “Polish,” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

It’s impossible to overemphasize the beneficial effects of a large, friendly audience on budding young musicians in a situation like this. To be sure, most of them come equipped with loving, loyal relatives and friends who will applaud enthusiastically at any sound they manage to produce, but think how much more valuable the approval would be of a small contingent of (relatively) disinterested music lovers who just want to hear some good music played well enough to be appreciated for its own sake and not just for its intentions.

After all, these youngsters have to be able to do more than hold their instruments properly to get into this band; they have to demonstrate technical skill and musical insight in a fairly rigorous audition, and to show themselves capable of — and eager for — continuous improvement under instruction. If their music-making is still for the most part in the pre-professional stage, they are nevertheless offering a genuine musical experience to anyone who has ears to hear.

Tickets to the Youth Symphony concert are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and free for preschool-age children. Tickets are available through the Lobero box office at 805.963.0761.

— Gerald Carpenter covers the arts as a Noozhawk contributor. He can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through Stripe below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • 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.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >