Sundays With the Symphony

By Steven Libowitz   |   July 16, 2020

The Santa Barbara Symphony next episode of its live streamed series is the first to feature its former concertmaster of a decade, the almost unbearably charismatic fiddler Gilles Apap. Curated and hosted by Music and Artistic Director Nir Kabaretti, the 30-minute broadcast, produced by local videographer David Bazemore, features an interview and performance of Fritz Kreisler’s Schön Rosmarin by the virtuosic violinist, plus current symphony cellist Paula Fehrenbach teaming with Brian Head for the guitarist’s arrangement of Villa-Lobos’ Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5; mezzo soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen singing “The Card Aria” from Bizet’s Carmen with Joshua Quinn on piano; and the Israeli pianists Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg – who last appeared at the Granada just this past January – performing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Movement I. The episode will be screened live at 3:30 pm on July 19 and can also be accessed via the Symphony website at A follow-up watch party will be presented on the Symphony’s Facebook page ( at 7 pm.


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