Music & artistic director Nir Kabaretti conducts the Santa Barbara Symphony. (Courtesy photo)

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s (SBS) latest episode of Sundays with the Symphony will be broadcast live at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 14. Curated and hosted by music & artistic director Nir Kabaretti, viewers will enjoy 30 minutes of carefully selected classical music performances and personal messages from a roster of talented musicians.

Designed to connect the local community to the individuals who dedicate their lives to bringing community members together through music and share a love of Santa Barbara and its symphony, the episode can be accessed on the SBS website,

Sunday’s broadcast, produced by local videographer and storyteller David Bazemore, features performances by area residents including Natasha Kislenko playing Mozart’s “Variation on Salve Tu, Domine” by Paisiello; and Dana Jackson’s performance of Francisco Migone’s “Valsa Choro, a Brazilian Waltz for Bassoon.”

The program also includes the 2nd movement of the “Samuel Barber Sonata” (as played by the late Geoffrey Rutkowski, principal cellist for the SBS, with Giuseppe Modugno on piano).

Rounding out the episode, former SBS Youth Orchestra member Cody Westheimer showcases a video presentation of his composition “Free Range Composing Episode 4: Ellwood – Musical Adventures;” and guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas performs an arrangement for guitar of the iconic American musical “West Side Story” (part of the symphony’s Mudslide Benefit concert).

Sundays with the Symphony connects the community with the music and musicians they love even while live performances have been paused due to COVID-19. Each program showcases members of the SBS family, from local residents, youth orchestra alums, members of the symphony, and classical music superstars, with some message from staff and board, and supporters.

“These are challenging times, and it has been almost four months since we had our last concert at the Granada Theater,” said Kabaretti. “We miss our Santa Barbara Symphony family very much, and creating programming like this allows us to show that we are still here, working hard to connect with our patrons, donors, musicians, and students in new ways.”

For more information on the Santa Barbara Symphony and its programs, visit