Led by one of the foremost masters of mariachi music, José Hernández, Mariachi Sol de México returns for a festive celebration of Mexico’s Christmas traditions. Experience holiday magic in a performance that includes elements of Las Posadas alongside traditional Christmas carols. Mariachi Sol de México has performed for five U.S. presidents and shared the stage […]
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The first jazz performer since Esperanza Spalding to win the prestigious Best New Artist category at the Grammys, Samara Joy embraces the great tradition of such singers as Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald. Her 2022 recording Linger Awhile, filled with gloriously reimagined versions of American songbook standards, won the Grammy for Best Jazz […]
The world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company, the Trocks dances en travesti with razor-sharp wit and breathtaking pointe work, performing polished works that span the classical ballet canon. Founded in New York City in 1974, and now celebrating its landmark 50th anniversary season, the company has grown from its roots in off-off Broadway to a […]
Celebrate more than 75 years of Limón Dance Company with this program of new and reconstructed works highlighting choreographer José Limón’s unique contributions to dance. In addition to Limón’s classic solo, Chaconne, the evening features Danzas Mexicanas, Missa Brevis, which incorporates dancers from Santa Barbara Dance Theater and Migrant Mother, a new commission by contemporary […]
Zlatomir Fung, cello Benjamin Hochman, piano The youngest musician ever to win First Prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, Zlatomir Fung is poised to become one of the preeminent cellists of our time. Astounding audiences with his boundless virtuosity and exquisite sensitivity, the 24-year-old has already proven himself a star among the next […]
Your Brain on ChatGPT: How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything How will Artificial Intelligence and robotics change the way we work, earn a living, fight wars, solve problems – even what it means to be human? As CEO of The Atlantic and former editor-in-chief of Wired, Nicholas Thompson has had unparalleled access to the tech […]
Marine biologist, policy advisor and writer Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is co-founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities, and co-creator of the podcast How to Save a Planet. Her forthcoming book, What if We Get It Right? offers answers to the crucial question: What would the future look […]
The most revered label in jazz recording celebrates 85 years of unforgettable music with a tour by a distinguished quintet. Pianist Gerald Clayton, former music director of the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour, has organized a new ensemble to express the heart and soul of jazz, Blue Note style. Fresh off an outstanding release featuring […]
Dr. Abraham Verghese’s instant New York Times bestseller, The Covenant of Water, was released in May to widespread critical acclaim and was named Oprah’s Book Club pick. One of the most masterful literary novels published in recent years, the book is the long-awaited follow-up to Verghese’s previous novel, Cutting for Stone, which topped the New […]
Celebrated blues legend Taj Mahal brings his glorious voice and virtuosic multi-instrumentalism to this uniquely powerful evening of new world music. A musical innovator, cultural ambassador and winner of the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, Taj Mahal’s long career touches on every imaginable strand in the fabric of roots music. Joining the […]
An invaluable advocate for living composers, Leila Josefowicz has premiered dozens of new works for violin including concertos written expressly for her by John Adams, Esa Pekka-Salonen and many others. Josefowicz’ program illuminates the path to contemporary music that travels through expressionism. Works by Debussy and Szymanowski transport us to a lush, harmonic fantasy world, […]
Titan of contemporary dance and creator of the Gaga movement language Ohad Naharin brings his powerhouse Tel Aviv-based company back to Santa Barbara with MOMO. Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet’s Landfall and Philip Glass’ Metamorphosis provide the slow-simmering musical backdrop to this daring new work. MOMO has two souls, with separate yet conjoined narratives running […]