Tickets will not be sold at the event.

70th Anniversary Community Concert features New York Philharmonic in final performance of Alan Gilbert’s tenure, Academy Festival Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and alumni soloists in Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” followed by fireworks

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Santa Barbara, CA — In the fourth summer of its innovative partnership with the New York Philharmonic, the Music Academy of the West looks forward to presenting the orchestra in the largest classical music event in the city of Santa Barbara’s history, which is now officially sold out. 6,500 $10 and free tickets have been sold for the performance on Monday, July 31, at Santa Barbara City College’s ocean-side La Playa Stadium.

This historic 70th Anniversary Community Concert will mark Alan Gilbert’s final appearance as New York Philharmonic Music Director. Maestro Gilbert will conduct Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, featuring superstar Music Academy alumna soprano Susanna Phillips (‘02,’03), alumna mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke (’02), tenor Joe 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 Music Academy Festival Orchestra opens the concert under the baton of Joshua Gersen performing Gabriela Lena Frank’s Three Latin American Dances in a nod to Santa Barbara’s annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebration.

The 70th Anniversary Community Concert will be dedicated in remembrance of Léni Fe Bland, and will be made possible in partnership with the City of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College. 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. Audio generously provided by Meyer Sound.


A 10-minute fireworks display at approximately 9:15 pm will take place off the Leadbetter Beach coast following the Music Academy of the West's 70th Anniversary Community Concert at SBCC's La Playa Stadium. Please keep those affected by loud noises and fireworks safe during this time, particularly pets.


There is a professional, amplified sound system provided by Meyer Sound. You will be able to hear well from any seat. Similar Meyer Sound LEO Family reinforcement systems have been used for the New York Philharmonic’s own concerts in the park series, and are permanently installed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Meyer Sound systems also are heard at Radio City Music Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York as well as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Musikverein in Vienna.

Because Meyer Sound systems are designed for absolutely linear sound reproduction, the sound carried to the audience through the loudspeakers is the same as captured by the microphones, with no added coloration or distortion.



Concert Information

Gates open to La Playa Stadium at 6 pm on Mon, July 31. The program will begin at 7:30 pm with a performance of Three Latin American Dances by Gabriela Lena Frank by the Academy Festival Orchestra conducted by Joshua Gerson. The New York Philharmonic, under the direction of Alan Gilbert, will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, closing with a stunning fireworks display over the ocean. There will be no intermission.


All $10 tickets, SBCC tickets, and 7-17s Free tickets are general admission.

General admission seating is in the La Playa Stadium bleachers, first-come, first-served, beginning at 6 pm.

Stadium Access

The most convenient general admission access is from the top of La Playa Stadium across from the Campus Book Store. Visit - Main Campus. More limited access is available at the field level of the Stadium. Pedestrians should enter via the East Campus Entrance, or on Loma Alta Drive from Cliff Drive, or Shoreline Drive.

Bleacher Seats

Most of the stadium seats are bleachers without backs. You are welcome to bring seat cushions or stadium seats to place on the bleachers. Coolers will not be permitted in the stadium.


•          11 Waterfront lots, including Leadbetter Beach

•          14 Downtown Public Parking Lots

•          SBCC Campus Pershing Lot and West Campus Lots open to public

Note: There is no access to public parking from Loma Alta Drive. Do not enter Loma Alta Drive to find public parking. The southbound on/off ramps to US Highway 101 at Castillo Street will also be closed for the duration of this project. Motorists headed southbound may detour at the US Highway 101 off ramps at West Carrillo Street or Garden Street. Local traffic near Castillo Street will detour onto State Street or Garden Street.

Free Santa Barbara Trolleys

Free Santa Barbara Trolleys will be running along Shoreline Drive, Cabrillo, and State Street from 6-7:30 pm and 9-10:30 pm. Look for any Downtown-Waterfront Shuttle stop location marked by signs to board or exit the Trolley. The drop-off for La Playa Stadium is at Harbor Way and Shoreline Drive.

Handicap Seating and Parking

There are two areas of handicap seating available. On the field level of the Stadium, or at the top of the Stadium. Handicapped passengers arriving by car may be dropped off on Loma Alta Drive at Lot 2C to access the field-level handicap entrance.

Handicap parking is available in Lot 1B and 2C with a disabled parking placard or license plate from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A state-issued placard or license plate is necessary to access handicap parking. Large buses and shuttle buses will drop off handicapped passengers at Lot 2C at field level. Smaller buses and shuttle buses also have the option to drop-off at Lot 1B at the entrance at the top of the stadium via the East Campus entrance from Cliff Drive. Bus parking is not available. Buses may return for pick up after 9:30 pm. Companions dropping off passengers should proceed immediately to public parking.  Visit - Main Campus. For further information about handicap parking or seating, please call the Music Academy Ticket Office at 805-969-8787, Mon-Fri, 9 am-5:30 pm.

Premiere Reserved Seating Access

The Premiere Reserved entrance to La Playa Stadium is accessed from parking lots 2C and 3 on the field level. Premiere Reserved tickets are assigned seats (folding chairs with backs) on the field of the stadium in front of the stage. Food and Beverages are not allowed on the stadium field during the concert. Complimentary concessions and non-alcoholic beverages will be available at the Premiere Reserved Hospitality Tent from 6 pm-7:15 pm prior to the concert inside the Stadium gates. Alcohol is strictly prohibited on the SBCC campus.

Premiere Reserved Parking

Premiere Reserved parking is accessed from Loma Alta Drive via Cliff Drive or Shoreline Drive in Lots 2C, and 3. Your Premiere Reserved Parking Passes are necessary for entrance – please have your Parking Pass ready to display. Parking Passes will arrive via US Mail prior to the concert date. You may exit the parking lots north on Loma Alta drive at all times. Exiting south toward Shoreline Drive will only be available after the fireworks conclude at 9:30 pm.

Visit - Main Campus.

Ridesharing Drop-Off

The ridesharing drop-off and pick-up station will be located in the 1A East Campus Lot, where the map indicates “Drop-Off” in front of the Administration Building. Visit - Main Campus.


Biking is encouraged, and a convenient way to get to the Stadium. Hundreds of bike racks are available for secure bike parking.


Please dress comfortably, and bring a jacket or warm layers for evening temperatures and possibly breezes or wind. Shoes should be appropriate for climbing stairs.

Amplified Sound

There is a professional, amplified sound system provided by Meyer Sound. You will be able to hear well from any seat.

Food and Beverages

Food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed into the bleacher area of the stadium. Bags will be checked at stadium entrances. Coolers will not be admitted into the stadium.

Concessions will be available prior to the concert at the top of La Playa Stadium.

Additional Stadium Policies

Smoking and illegal substances are strictly prohibited. Alcohol is strictly prohibited on the SBCC Campus and on all beaches and Waterfront Parking Lots.

Cellular phones are permitted, but must be silenced during the concert.

All pets are prohibited, unless they are service animals.

California state law prohibits the possession or control of any firearm (including but not limited to any facsimile firearm), deadly weapon, explosive device, fireworks, nunchakus, metal knuckles, shuriken, billy club, sap, or any other deadly weapon or prohibited knife and/or knives while on the property of the Santa Barbara City College campus, except as required in the lawful course of business or as authorized by the Director of Security.

Exiting by Car during the Concert

Shoreline Drive will be closed from Loma Alta Drive to Castillo Street from 7:15-9:30 pm. Access by car out of the Leadbetter East and West Lots will only be possible before 7:15 pm and after 9:30, except in a case of emergency. Should you need to exit the area by car between 7:15-9:30 pm, please go north from the stadium toward Cliff Drive.


A 10-minute fireworks display at approximately 9:15 pm will take place off the Leadbetter Beach coast following the Music Academy of the West's 70th Anniversary Community Concert at SBCC's La Playa Stadium. Please keep those affected by loud noises and fireworks safe during this time, particularly pets.

About the Music Academy of the West
The Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted, young, classically trained musicians. At its ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, the Academy provides these musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Admission to the Academy is strictly merit based, and fellows receive full scholarships (tuition, room, and board). The Academy’s distinguished teaching artists roster has included famed soprano Lotte Lehmann, composers Darius Milhaud and Arnold Schoenberg, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, pianist Jeremy Denk, and current Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne. Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Many enjoy careers as prominent solo artists. In 2014 the Music Academy entered into a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, resulting in unprecedented training and performance opportunities for Academy fellows, and Summer Festival residencies for Philharmonic musicians.

The Music Academy of the West cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences, presenting more than 200 public events annually, many of them free of charge. These include performances by faculty, guest artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera. The 2017 Summer School and Festival us currently running through August 5 at the Academy’s scenic Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara. For more information, visit


Released: July 28, 2017


Kate Oberjat

Director of Marketing and Communications

Music Academy of the West



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