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Summer School & Festival


This summer marks the 70


Anniversary of the Music Academy of the West,

one of the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals.

2017 Summer Fest i val June 12-August 5 Please visit for information about events and tickets.

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Nearly 2,000 of the world’s most promising young classical musicians applied for a full scholarship to study at the

prestigious Academy. Only 140 were selected for the program, where they will spend eight weeks learning from

internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors and soloists.

The public is invited to join in more than 200 Festival events, which include masterclasses, recitals and

concerts at the Academy’s scenic Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara.

Festival Highlights


n Monday, July 31, the Academy presents the 70


Anniversary Community Concert at Santa Barbara City College’s

oceanside La Playa Stadium—the largest classical music event in Santa Barbara’s history. Maestro Alan Gilbert of

the New York Philharmonic will conduct Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, featuring Music Academy superstar alumni

soprano Susanna Phillips and mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke, joined by tenor Joseph Kaiser and bass Morris Robinson

as soloists and the Los Angeles Master Chorale in the work’s iconic “Ode to Joy.” The event will close with a

stunning fireworks display over the ocean.

The opera event of the summer is a new production of Donizetti’s masterwork,

The Elixir of Love

, conducted

by world-renowned conductor and Academy alumna Speranza Scappucci and directed by Los Angeles-based James

Darrah. Overseen by Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne, the fully staged and costumed production takes place

at the historic Granada Theatre on July 27 and 29.

This summer’s

Academy Festival Orchestra Series

(five performances) brings conductors from the world’s most

prestigious stages to the podium at the historic Granada Theatre. Larry Rachleff returns this season to conduct the

first performances on June 24 and July 1. Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Edo de Waart,

conducts Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony on July 8. July 15, Mosher guest artist Matthew Aucoin conducts

Concerto Competition winners in a program featuring the world premiere of a concert suite from his own opera


. And on August 5, Alan Gilbert conducts the final concert starring the iconic soprano Renée Fleming.