Joshua Bell & The Academy at the Granada Theatre: This is violinist Joshua Bell’s first tour at the helm of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, one of the most respected orchestras of the last three decades. Bell, who conducts from the concertmaster’s chair, will also play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 in this all-Beethoven evening. The Coriolan Overture and the Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 round out this challenging program. This concert will be a real test of the Granada’s acoustics, and is not to be missed. Friday, April 27, 8 p.m. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
New York Philharmonic at the Granada Theatre: Alan Gilbert conducts what is arguably the world’s greatest orchestra in a program that includes Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Dvorák. Yefim Bronfman joins as soloist on the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37. Gilbert considers Bronfman to be one of the most important pianists of his generation, and compares working with him to the experience of playing viola in a quartet with Pinchas Zukerman. “The challenge,” he said, “is to remember to conduct, because his playing is so absorbing.” Thursday, May 10, 8 p.m. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.
Camerata Pacifica at the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall: Camerata Pacifica has April and May concert dates remaining in their current season. On Friday, April 13, the program includes two works by contemporary Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng — Hot Pepper, for Violin and Marimba and Melodies of a Flute, for Flute Violin, Cello, and Marimba. The Melodies of a Flute is a world premiere. In May, Camerata presents another world premiere, Soliloquy by Jake Heggie, along with works by Mozart, Haydn, Franck, and Duruflé. Friday, April 13, 1 and 7:30 p.m; Friday, May 18, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Call 884-8410 or visit cameratapacifica.org.
Pierre-Laurent Aimard. At the Lobero Theatre, Monday, March 26.
Primavera — UCSB Festival of Contemporary Arts and Digital Media. At various locations on UCSB campus, Monday, April 2-Sunday, April 15.
Jonathan Biss. At the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, Tuesday, April 3.
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. At the Lobero Theatre, Tuesday, April 3.
Yo-Yo Ma. At the Granada Theatre, Thursday, April 5.
Kronos Quartet. At UCSB’s Campbell Hall, Thursday, April 12.
CAMA presents the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. At the Granada Theatre, Wednesday, April 18.
Santa Barbara Symphony and Santa Barbara Choral Society. At the Granada Theatre, Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22.
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. At the Lobero Theatre, Tuesday, May 1.
Claudio Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea. At UCSB’s Lotte Lehman Concert Hall, Friday-Sunday, May 4-6.
Santa Barbara Symphony. At the Granada Theatre, Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13.