Music Academy of the West launches its 75th anniversary festivities with a London Symphony Orchestra residency in Santa Barbara celebrating a multi-year intercontinental partnership
Three unique concerts will be led by Music Director Sir Simon Rattle
Music Academy alumni Keston Music Academy Exchange (MAX) fellows will perform with the London Symphony Orchestra in joint “All-Star” community concert
The strength and warmth with which Santa Barbara has welcomed the Orchestra is palpable. At the concerts I attended, cheers erupted after each piece with an enthusiasm rarely witnessed in London. The Orchestra has gone to great lengths to ensure it's playing something for everyone... at the family-friendly concert, children in the audience were transfixed.u201d
Lucy Thraves, Classical Music Magazine
We are proud to offer our community a first-time residency in Santa Barbara by Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO to launch our milestone 75th anniversary. Through this international exchange, we have offered our fellows impactful training and performance opportunities and unparalleled concerts on two continents.
Scott Reed, Music Academy of the West President & CEO
Ever since the LSO was in Santa Barbara in 2019, we have been eagerly anticipating our return. We always look forward to our collaboration with their talented fellows.
Kathryn McDowell, LSO Managing Director
A good partnership requires solid foundations, and mutual investment from all sides. You get the impression that this one has both: from the involvement and enthusiasm of the local community, to the LSO's genuine passion for education, to the diligence of the Academy Fellows.
Lucy Thraves, Classical Music Magazine
Ticket InformationNote: Subscription tickets for the Thursday, March 24 concert go on sale via CAMA (camasb.org). Subscription renewals begin in September. Individual tickets for the Thursday, March 24 concert will be $75 as a nod to the 75th anniversary. 100 $10 Community Access tickets will be available. 7-17s are free when accompanied by ticketed adults. For the Saturday, March 26 Family Concert, adult tickets are $10; children attend free. Tickets for the Sunday, March 27 75th Anniversary Community Concert will all be $10, and 7-17s are free. Individual tickets for all three concerts will be available on Tuesday, January 18 at Noon. The London Symphony Orchestra’s 2022 North American Tour is made possible through an intercontinental partnership with the Music Academy of the West.
The lead sponsors of the London Symphony Orchestra and Music Academy partnership are Linda and Michael Keston and Mary Lynn and Warren Staley. Additional support has been provided in remembrance of Léni Fé Bland.
About Music Academy of the WestMusic Academy of the West is a performance-based training center and incubator that empowers musicians to positively impact society. The Academy welcomes everyone from across all generations, cultures, and backgrounds to experience the transformative power of music. Based in Santa Barbara, California, the Academy presents the preeminent full-scholarship Summer School and Festival for classically trained fellows ages 18 to 34. They study and perform with more than 50 exceptional faculty and teaching artists, while forging close connections with the community. The Academy’s commitment to long-term collaborations and exchanges with leading orchestras and opera companies results in unparalleled mentorship and career-advancing prospects. The Innovation Institute spearheads entrepreneurial training and ventures through seminars, residencies, and the Alumni Enterprise Awards, substantial grants given annually for a wide range of creative projects. Launched in 2018, Sing!, a free, after-school choral program for local elementary students inspires personal growth and expression. For more information, please visit musicacademy.org.
About the London Symphony OrchestraThe London Symphony Orchestra is built on the belief that extraordinary music should be available to everyone, everywhere. From orchestral fans in the concert hall to first-time listeners across the UK, Europe and the world. The London Symphony Orchestra was established in 1904, as one of the first orchestras shaped by its musicians. Since then, generations of remarkable talents have built the LSO’s reputation for uncompromising quality, and inspirational repertoires. Today, the LSO is ranked among the world’s top orchestras, with a family of artists that includes Music Director Sir Simon Rattle, Principal Guest Conductors Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth, and Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas. In March 2021 it was announced that Sir Antonio Pappano will take up the role of Chief Conductor of the LSO from September 2024. For more information, please visit lso.co.uk.
About Sir Simon Rattle
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