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Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra announces the return of MEE!   MEE are informative concert performances with Rob Kapilow  designed to enhance enjoyment of live classical music for all ages.

(This project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using funds
provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission).

Rob Kapilow was featured in an interview on KDB-FM regarding What Makes It Great? and Beethoven's Violin Concerto. Click HERE to listen!!

Rob was also featured in an interview on KDB-FM regarding FamilyMusik and Four Seasons. Click HERE to listen!


Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 7:30 pmMozart

What Makes It Great? 

Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony

W.A. Mozart
Symphony No. 41 in C Major (1788)

Take a trip to the fifth planet from the Sun with SBCO for our first Musically Engaging Experiences (MEE) concert of the year! Mozart's Symphony No. 1 in C Major was the last symphony that he composed, and also the longest. The work is nicknamed the Jupiter Symphony, but not by Mozart.

In an article about the Jupiter Symphony, Sir George Grove wrote that, "it is for the finale that Mozart has reserved all the resources of his science, and all the power, which no one seems to have possessed to the same degree but himself. Nowhere has he achieved more." Of the piece as a whole he wrote that, "It is the greatest orchestra work of the world which preceded the French Revolution." Mozart's music is a perfect example of the Classical style.

Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already coompetent on keyoard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Mozart develped a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed the light and graceful along with the dark and passionate. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music.

A lively Q & A will follow immediately after the performance. Great music rewards great listeners, and Rob Kapilow's What Makes It Great? is about great listening. For more Great information please click here


Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 4:30 pmGreen Eggs & Ham


Green Eggs & Hamadeus!

Robert Kapilow
Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs & Ham (1992)

W.A. Mozart
Serenade No. 13 for Strings in G Major, K. 525
"Eine kleine Nachtmusik"

The wacky world of Dr. Seuss comes alive in this fun concert! It is a merry, whiz-bang romp through the Seuss classic, Green Eggs & Ham. Included in this concert is Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik/Serenade for 13 Strings. Eine kleine Nachtmusik means "a little serenade" in German, and Mozart's composition is often called "a little night music." This little serenade completes the concert title of, "Green Eggs & Hamadeus!"

Kapilow offers a breath of fresh air in this concert - upbeat music with a touch of zaniness, including a little jazz, a little soul, folksongs and smatterings of other musical styles. Every time he turns around, Kapilow pulls a rabbit out of another hat. This is a dynamite show and there's never a dull moment!

For more information about FamilyMusik please click here.


Friday, April 18, 2014 at 7:30 pmRobert Schumann

What Makes It Great? 

Schumann's Piano Quintet 

Robert Schumann
Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 (1842)

Our second What Makes It Great? concert of the year features Schumann's exuberant Piano Quintet. It is considered one of his most important compositions and a major work of nineteenth-century Romantic chamber music. By pairing the piano with string quartet, Schumann virtually invented a new musical genre. The Quintet was composed in just a few weeks!!

Rob Kapilow will take you on a journey into what makes Schumann's Piano Quintet great, breaking it down into easily-digestible chunks and helping you to really get a handle on why this is such a fantastic piece of music. You will leave the concert with a true understanding of the musical details of the Quintet, having gained the ability to listen to it with a fresh and newly-educated ear! You willl know exactly what makes it great!!

Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 4:30 pmAyodele Casel


A Tap Dance Concerto  

Featuring Ayodele Casel, Dancer 

Robert Kapilow
Paddywak (2007)

Have you ever heard of a tap dance concerto? Rob Kapilow's composition, Paddywak, will introduce you to a whole new musical genre! Paddywak features Broadway star, Ayodele Casel. A native of New York, she is hailed by Gregory Hines as "one of the top young tap dancers in the world today." Casel has made quite a mark on the tap dance world! As a multi-talented tap dancer, choreographer, actor and photographer, Ayodele collaborated with Kapilow to produce this exciting show!!

Filled with complex rhythms that are spoken through the taps of Ayodele, this performance will surely give you a new understanding of music, rhythm, dance, and the orchestra. Come experience the lightning speed of Ayodele's fancy footwork enhanced by the talented musicians of Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. This is a show not to be missed!!


So, Who Is Rob Kapilow?

Rob KapilowFor almost 20 years, Rob Kapilow has brought the joy and wonder of classical music, and unraveled some of its mysteries, to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Characterized by his unique ability to create an "Aha!" moment for his audiences and collaboators, whatever their level of musical sophistication, Kapilow's work brings music into people's lives: opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people to listen actively rather than just "hear." For more information about Rob Kapilow please click here.

"An educator, motivational speaker, and game show host, all rolled up in one...Rob Kapilow's insightful and entertaining programs...often bring moments of revelation to even the most seasoned aficionados." - The Boston Globe

"A wonderful guy who brings music alive!" - Katie Couric, NBC's Today Show

"Rob's concerts, delivered with incredible enthusiasm and energy, are the perfect combination of education and entertainment." - Roberta Smith, Associate Director of Artistic Administration, Education, Tonoronto Symphony Orchestra

"If you think you don't like classical music, you haven't met Rob Kapilow!" - Kansas City Star

"This was a knockout combination of education and entertainment ... Hearing each song after Kapilow revealed its musical secrets was like meeting a celebrity just after reading his or her autobiography. He is smart, enthusiastic, and stunningly articulate. He has a remarkable ability to make genius understandable to a general audience."  -

"You could practically see the light bulbs going on above people's heads. The audience could decipher the music in a new, deeper way. It was the total opposite of passive listening." - Philadelphia Inquirer

"Kapilow gets audiences in tune with classical music at a deeper and more immediate level than many of them thought possible." - Los Angeles Times




Listen, Learn, Experience and Enjoy!

Listen to an interview with Rob HERE 

Listen to Part Two of the Interview HERE 


All concerts are at Hahn Hall

Music Academy of the West

1070 Fairway Rd.

Single Tickets $25

Children under 18 FREE with paying adult

Tickets via SBCO: (805) 966-2441


Purchase Your Tickets Here


Sat. Nov. 16th at 7:30 pmJupiter

What Makes It Great?

Mozart's Jupiter Symphony



Sun. Nov. 17th at 4:30 pmGreen Eggs


Green Eggs & Hamadeus




Fri. April 18th 7:30 pmPiano Keys

What Makes It Great?

Schumann's Piano Quintet




Sun. April 19th at 4:30 pmAyodele Casel


A Tap Dance Concerto


Purchase Your Tickets Here 





The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (SBCO) celebrates 34 years of exemplary music making with a mission that has remained the same over the years - to maintain a Chamber Orchestra in Santa Barbara that is of the highest artistic quality possible, to produce the finest music heard in Santa Barbara, and to perform well-known repertoire as well as music written in this century. 

Founded in 1978 by Jeffrey Evans, a conducting student, the Chamber Orchestra had humble beginnings as a community orchestra performing in coffee house and other venues in Santa Barbara. Five years later Heiichiro Ohyama became Music Director and the direction of the SBCO changed dramatically. Under Maestro Ohyama, the SBCO become an orchestra of professional musicians and his conducting and programming gifts have led the SBCO to be known among many as the best artistic producing organization in the Santa Barbara area. Critically acclaimed pianists such as Alessio Bax, Tong Il Han, Wu Han, Jerome Lowenthal, David Golub, Yefim Bronfman, and André Michel Schub, violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Mark Kaplan, and Kyoko Takezawa, and cellists Lyn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, and Carter Brey have appeared as guest soloists with the SBCO. Many Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra musicians have gone on to other exciting musical endeavors. Current and past SBCO musicians perform with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Symphony, St Louis Symphony, and Santa Barbara Symphony. 

Maestro Ohyama’s experience includes Artistic Director of the La Jolla Music Society's “SummerFest” from 1986-97, Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival from 1991-97, the Principal Chief Conductor of Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan from 1999-2004 and the Osaka Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2008. Maestro Ohyama was Music Director of the Nagasaki Music Festival from 2007-2009. He was also Professor of Music at University of California since 1973 to 2003. In 2005, he received the ‘Fukuoka City Cultural Prize’ and in 2008, ‘Outstanding Performance Award’ by the Japanese Government. 

With an orchestra comprising 30 musicians, the SBCO offers the community musically engaging experiences with its five-concert subscription series at the newly renovated Lobero Theatre, one of Santa Barbara’s architectural treasures. SBCO performs October through May, with an audience capacity of 600 per concert. The Chamber Players Series, a two-concert chamber music series, features Maestro Ohyama performing as violist with members of the SBCO, as well as guest artists. 



Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director supervises and directs all aspects of Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra’s operations and is responsible for the consistent achievement of the organization’s mission. The Executive Director will be the chief spokesperson for the Chamber Orchestra, holding the organization’s mission, vision and values as a guide while maintaining excellent relationships with SBCO’s Board, donors, and audience, as well as the Santa Barbara community with a goal of continuing the organization’s growth of donors and patrons. The scope of responsibility includes oversight of all aspects of the organization, including, budget, brand building & marketing, ticket sales and audience development, fund development, contract negotiations with musicians and venues, external relations, and the overall operational, financial, and administrative management. 


Send letter and resume, electronic submissions preferred, with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to: 


Ms. Laurie Dowling 

Arts Consulting Group, Inc. 

8581 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 406 

Los Angeles, CA 90069-4120 

Tel (323) 721.0141 ext. 7 

Cell (562) 547.6052 

Fax (323) 936.1196 


Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer





The Supper Club Experience

A special evening of delicious food and excellent music!

Before every concert, 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.

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.