CAMA Season Lineup Announced: Shows in Granada and Lobero in Santa Barbara

Wait, what do I hear? Is it the sound of five different orchestras coming to Santa Barbara? The Community Arts Music Association (CAMA) has just announced its 2022/2023 concert season. This season’s impressive lineup includes orchestral concerts in the International Series at the Granada Theater, as well as chamber music and recitals at the Lobero Theater.

International Series

Starting the international series is the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The CBSO started strumming, fiddling and beating in the 1920s and hasn’t stopped since. They rose to international stardom after conductor Simon Rattle took over in 1980. More recently, they welcomed Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as musical director, after her time with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Another CBSO highlight is the British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, whose music you may recognize after its performance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The CBSO will perform on October 10.

The Romeros in the Vatican | Credit: Courtesy

The next step is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, directed by Riccardo Muti. The CSO has been led by Muti for nearly 13 years, although his tenure ends in 2023. You won’t want to miss this talented orchestra whose music has been heard in hundreds of concert halls around the world and performed over 150 times at the Symphony Center in Chicago. The CSO performs on January 25.

The third concert is given by the Filharmonie Brno from the Czech Republic. Created in 1956, this orchestra has been led by Dennis Russell Davies, artistic director and conductor, for more than half a century. The CAMA concert will feature an all-Czech program of works by Martinů, Janáček and Dvořák. The Filharmonie Brno performs on February 13.

Fourth is the Curtis Symphony Orchestrawhich one to New York Times described as an “otherworldly ensemble and professional level of sophistication”. Founded in 1920, this orchestra has always been one of America’s greatest musical institutions. They will perform on May 18.

The final performance of the international series is the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which has been labeled “America’s most important orchestra – period”. A special highlight of their performance will be the cellist Gabriel Cabezas and his solo inspired by reflections on climate change. You can catch them on May 28.


Beginning the Masterseries at the Lobero Theater is the Juilliard String Quartet. Founded in 1946, this quartet has found its place in history by linking a deep respect for the classics while championing new works. They occur on October 24.

Next is the French pianist Helene Grimaudwho will play Robert Schumann Kreisleriana, Op.16 as well as works by Silvestrov, Debussy, Satie and Chopin. She was recognized by the French government with admission to the National Order of the Legion of Honor for her impact on classical music. It occurs on December 7.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti | Credit: Todd Rosenberg Photography

Third, Los Romeros: The Romero Guitar Quartet, “The Royal Family of the Guitar”, a group of Spanish guitarists who fled the fascist regime of Generalisimo Franco to finally find themselves in Santa Barbara. Discover the three generations of these artists on March 4.

To finish, Augustin Hadelich performs as a solo violinist in several pieces by Bach, a piece by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and a piece by Eugène Ysaÿe. Hadelich was appointed Musical America 2018 “Instrumentalist of the Year” and won a 2016 Grammy Award for “Best Classical Instrumental Solo”. Don’t miss his performance on April 24.

Series subscriptions are on sale now through the CAPA office; call (805) 966-4324 or email [email protected]. Single tickets for the international series and masterseries will go on sale on September 9. See

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Corina C. Butler