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Laguna Blanca Senior Ian Bankhead Invited to Perform with Santa Barbara Symphony

Ian Bankhead, a senior at Laguna Blanca School and a member of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, had the honor of playing with the Santa Barbara Symphony for its May concerts.

After hearing Bankhead play at a private reception last year, Santa Barbara Symphony Maestro Nir Kabaretti asked if Bankhead would like to play with the Santa Barbara Symphony.

As a senior project, Bankhead researched and prepared for Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, an extraordinarily difficult piece to perform, and one that is seldom played at the high school level.

Following his audition with the symphony during rehearsal week, Kabaretti made the decision that Bankhead’s level of performance was worthy of joining the orchestra for the May concerts. The performance was so personally meaningful for Bankhead that he skipped his high school prom on Saturday night in order to be in attendance for the performances.

After auditioning for 15 schools, including Julliard, Bankhead was accepted to every single one of them. He has chosen to attend Rice University’s Shephard School of Music.

— Kelly Kapaun is a publicist representing the Santa Barbara Symphony.

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