Press Release

The SBCO proudly presents its May 2013 concert


Sweet 1700's
May 14, 2013
Lobero Theatre


The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra 2012-2013 season grand finale features music from the 18th century Classical Period, situated between the Baroque and Romantic eras. This period sought to emulate the ideals of Classical Greece. Classicism emphasized well-articulated formality, structural clarity and order, but included brighter contrasts and an element of simplicity.

Alessio Bax, an audience favorite, will be joining SBCO as the featured piano soloist. Mr. Bax is praised for creating "a ravishing listening experience" with his lyrical playing, insightful interpretations and dazzling facility. "His playing quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity," says Gramophone magazine, leading to "an out-of-body experience" (Dallas Morning News). Since taking first prizes at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition and the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, Bax has won audiences across the globe.

Jason Vieaux

Rossini — L'Italiana in Algeri: Overture
Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, D. 485


 Mozart — Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491




For full program notes please click here.




Tickets on sale now for the March 17th Concert 

"Celebrating Music of the British Isles"  

Featuring Alessio Bax, Piano 

Frank Bridge -  An Irish Melody, H.86"

Frederick Delius -  Intermezzo from Fennimore & Gerda - Prelude from Irmelin 

Felix Mendelssohn -  The Hebrides, Op. 26 (Fingal's Cave)

Johannes Brahms-   Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

The concert is dedicated to the memory of our late Board Member and colleague, Lee Johnson 

Generously underwritten by Jo Beth Van Gelderen

Soloist Alessio Bax is generously underwritten by Ambrecht and Associates




The Supper Club Experience

A special evening of delicious food and excellent music!

We invite you and your friends to enjoy the Supper Club, a delicious hot supper served buffet-style. Supper Club is a great place to make new friends, chat with current friends, and engage with other chamber music aficionados. We look forward to meeting you!

Food and beverage service starts at 6:00pm to give you plenty of time to get into the concert hall for the 7:30pm concert. 

Make your reservation now by calling the SBCO office at: 966-2441 or click HERE to reserve online using your credit card.

Get Involved and Keep the Music Playing!


The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra depends more upon donations from individuals than any other source of income. Ticket sales alone do not cover the wonderful music provided by Maestro Ohyama and our world-class musicians. Please join us and help support this local treasure by calling: 966-2441.


The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra relies on its Volunteers to help create an unforgetable experience for our patrons. If you would like to help craft that unique musical experience, please contact us.