Festival of the week

The 1st Annual Santa Barbara Guitar Festival

Worn out from the S.B. Film Festival’s relentless party scene? Well, brace yourself, because there is now officially a festival season in Santa Barbara and we are smack in the middle of it. Beginning on Friday, February 9 and continuing through Sunday, February 18, the Santa Barbara Symphony will be sponsoring a guitar festival.

The kickoff events are two concerts by the Westmont College orchestra with renowned classical guitarist Patrick Anderson, one on Friday at Victoria Hall Theater (33 W. Victoria St.), and another on Saturday at El Montecito Presbyterian Church (1455 E. Valley Rd.). For Valentine’s Day, the festival will present a champagne and chocolate candlelight concert at the Presidio Chapel (123 E. Canon Perdido St.) featuring Pablo Sáinz Villegas.

The biggest events planned for the festival are concerts at the Lobero Theatre on Thursday, February 15 and Friday, February 16; and at the Arlington on Saturday and Sunday. Thursday’s show is a recital by the esteemed Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, who will be in residence throughout the week. Friday brings in jazz legend Jim Hall with dazzling bassist Dave Holland in a joint production with the Jazz at the Lobero series. Finally, the S.B. Symphony will play host to the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet at its Arlington concerts during the weekend in a program that includes the “Concierto Andaluz” by Joaquín Rodrigo.

So suck it up, don your best duds once again, and help inaugurate yet another excellent cultural offering in Santa Barbara.  — Charles Donelan

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