70th Anniversary Community Concert

Ticket Information


Tickets will go on sale Saturday, May 13, at 10 am at musicacademy.org, and in person at the Music Academy Carsey Ticket Office, 1070 Fairway Road, from 10 am-4 pm.

After May 13, the Ticket Office will be open during its regular business hours: Mon-Fri, 1-4 pm, or call 805-969-8787. 


General admission tickets (bleacher seating, first-come, first-served) are $10 each. Tickets ordered at musicacademy.org may be self-printed or displayed on your mobile device at the entrance to the venue. Tickets will not be mailed.


Young people ages 7-17 receive a FREE general admission ticket when accompanied by a ticketed adult; these tickets may also be ordered in advance online, via phone, or in person.

Santa Barbara City College faculty, administration, and students may order one free general admission ticket per person (show current ID at the entrance). 


$100 reserved tickets on the field of the stadium, including premiere parking adjacent to the La Playa Stadium, also go on sale Sat, May 13, at 10 am online at musicacademy.org and in person at the Carsey Ticket Office. (see hours above)

Music Academy of the West Council of Contributors members will have priority access to Premiere Reserved tickets, and will receive ticket ordering instructions by mail in April. To become a member of the Council of Contributors, please call 805-695-7916.


As Santa Barbara’s largest classical music event in history, more than 7,000 $10 and free tickets will be offered to enjoy the New York Philharmonic at Santa Barbara City College’s La Playa Stadium. The historic concert will mark Alan Gilbert’s final appearance as New York Philharmonic Music Director.

Maestro Gilbert will conduct Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, featuring Music Academy superstar alumna soprano Susanna Phillips (‘02,’03), mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke ('02), tenor Joe Kaiser, and bass Morris Robinson as soloists in the work’s iconic “Ode to Joy,” and closing with a stunning fireworks display over the ocean.

The Monday, July 31 concert will begin promptly at 7:30 pm, with gates opening at 6 pm.

Fireworks are scheduled at 9:15, deployed from a barge in the Pacific Ocean, viewable from the waterfront and La Playa Stadium. 

Program is subject to change.

The 70th Anniversary Community Concert will be dedicated in remembrance of Léni Fé Bland.

The concert is made possible in partnership with the Santa Barbara City College Foundation, Santa Barbara City College, and the city of Santa Barbara.

The Music Academy of the West’s partnership with the New York Philharmonic has been made possible through the generosity of Lead Sponsors Linda and Michael Keston.