Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

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 SBCO Enrichment Series

 Tuesday, April 4, 2017; 7:30 pm

 University Club

Back by popular demand, noted radio host Alan Chapman will join several members of the Chamber Orchestra for an intimate evening of music and related discussion, including a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s exuberant String Quartet No. 3 in D major. Participating musicians will include the inestimable Maestro Heiichiro Ohyama.

Mr. Chapman hosts and produces three regular programs on Classical KUSC, the nation’s largest and most-listened-to public radio and non-profit classical music station. Currently a member of the music theory faculty at Colburn Conservatory, he can be heard globally as host of Delta Airlines’ in-flight classical channel. Well known as a pre-concert lecturer, Mr. Chapman has been a regular speaker on the L.A. Philharmonic’s Upbeat Live series since its inception in 1984. He also is active as a composer/lyricist, appearing frequently in cabaret performances with his wife, soprano Karen Benjamin.

Ticket Info


  • Guest Host: Alan Chapman
  • Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44 No. 1

Made Possible By:

  • Concert Sponsor: Chaucer's Bookstore
  • Guest Host Sponsor: Lois S. Kroc
  • Reception Sponsor: Richard B. & Connie L. Kennelly

Video: Maestro Ohyama Discusses the Concert

 Wine and dessert reception included with ticket.

Schumann Squared


 SBCO Lobero Performance Series

 Tuesday, May 16, 2017; 7:30 pm

 Lobero Theatre

A double helping of Robert Schumann will bring the season to a memorable close. We welcome back dazzling Italian pianist Alessio Bax for Schumann’s intensely expressive Piano Concerto in A minor, followed by a stirring orchestral performance of the remarkably triumphant Symphony No. 2 in C.

Praised for his lyrical playing, insightful interpretations, and extraordinary technique, Mr. Bax has appeared as a soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal philharmonic orchestras, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle. Last season he embarked on successful tours of South America and Asia, and returned to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for engagements in New York and on tour, among other highlights. According to Gramophone magazine, “His playing quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity.”

Ticket Info


  • Soloist: Alessio Bax
  • Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54                 
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61  

Made Possible By:

Video: Maestro Ohyama Discusses the Concert

Performance Venues

Lobero Theatre

Lobero Theatre, 33 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara CA 93101. Box Office: 805-963-0761. Google Map Directions .

Mural Room, Santa Barbara Courthouse

Mural Room, Santa Barbara Courthouse 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Google Map Directions   

All Saints- by-the-Sea

All Saints-by-the-Sea, 83 Eucalyptus Ln, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Google Map Directions ► 

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (Fleischmann Auditorium); 2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.  Google Maps Directions

University Club of Santa Barbara

University Club of Santa Barbara. 1332 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, 93101. Google Directions ►


Click on cover to view in filp-book. Newsletter Fall 2016

SBCO Newsletter Fall 2016

Seating Chart

Audio Samples

May 17th, 2016 Clip from Beethoven's "Emperor" with Alessio Bax