KIDS PLAYING NICELY : Santa Barbara Youth Symphony faces down Bach, Dukas, Elgar and Hanson without blinking

Santa Barbara has supported a training orchestra for gifted young musicians for over 50 years. The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony’s present incarnation celebrates 35 consecutive seasons under the wing of the Santa Barbara Symphony. With a professional musician as its conductor (Andrew Radford, principal bassoon of the Santa Barbara Symphony) the Youth Symphony has carved a permanent niche in the infrastructure of this city’s exuberant arts life. … Rebecca Shasberger (daughter of Westmont College’s Adams Chair of Music and Worship, Michael Shasberger) played two movements from Edward Elgar’s E minor Cello Concerto stylishly and from memory. more

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