January 11, 2017
Director of Communications
As the Music Academy’s largest community event to date, and the city of Santa Barbara’s largest classical music event in history, 7,000 $10 and free tickets will be offered to enjoy the return of the New York Philharmonic on Monday, July 31, at Santa Barbara City College’s ocean-side La Playa Stadium. The historic 70th Anniversary Community Concert will mark Alan Gilbert’s final appearance as New York Philharmonic Music Director. Maestro Gilbert will conduct Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, featuring Music Academy superstar alumna soprano Susanna Phillips (‘02,’03), tenor Joe Kaiser, and bass Morris Robinson as soloists in the work’s iconic “Ode to Joy.” The event will close with a stunning fireworks display over the ocean.
The 70th Anniversary Community Concert will be dedicated in remembrance of Léni Fe Bland, and will be made possible in partnership with the city of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College and the SBCC Foundation. The Music Academy of the West’s partnership with the New York Philharmonic has been made possible through the generosity of Lead Sponsors Linda and Michael Keston.
Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider said, “The Music Academy’s vision and leadership to bring this historic event to Santa Barbara is unprecedented. Our city is already known for its excellent arts and cultural offerings, but this will create even more awareness about the attractive events that are taking place here year round.”
SBCC President Anthony E. Beebe added, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for members of our Santa Barbara Community. Santa Barbara City College is thrilled to host this event, which will be accessible for all.”
"The SBCC Board is grateful to the New York Philharmonic and the Music Academy of the West for collaborating with SBCC to present this extraordinary event for our local community. “ Marsha Croninger, President of the SBCC Board of Trustees.
Live streaming continues for the fourth season, after having reached more than 150,000
people around the world in 2016 via Facebook Live and the Academy’s YouTube channel.
The Academy will live stream up to 20 events during the 2017 Summer Festival. The
live stream archive available at musicacademy.or includes masterclasses, performances,
and competitions recorded in multiple venues in Santa Barbara.