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Famed London Symphony Orchestra To Headline Montecito's Music Academy Of The West Summer Season

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The London Symphony Orchestra will perform three concerts in Santa Barbara as part of a Music Academy Of The West residency.

One of the world’s most famous orchestras is coming to the South Coast this summer for a nearly week long residency. The London Symphony Orchestra is acclaimed for its classical music performances. But, it’s also famous for the soundtrack music for some of the most famous movies of all time, including “Star Wars” and “Raiders Of The Lost Ark.” The orchestra is part of the Music Academy Of The West’s Summer Festival, which kicks off on Monday.

Scott Reed is President, and CEO of the Music Academy. The Academy attracts some of the world’s best professional musicians to help train the next generation of classical artists. But, the region’s classical music lovers get the benefit of having the institution in our backyard.

As part of its residency, The London Symphony Orchestra will do a trio of public concerts. The first is a family event on July 12th, at the Granada Theater. To encourage the community to come, adult tickets are just $10 each, and kids tickets are free. The follow night, the orchestra will do a more traditional classical concert, also at the Granada. The third concert is the big one: The London Symphony will perform live on Sunday, July 14th at the Santa Barbara Bowl, again with adult tickets only $10 dollars each. The Music Academy’s President, and CEO says the low cost tickets are intended to get the community out to enjoy classical music.

While the London Symphony Orchestra is one of the biggest highlights of the season, it’s only part of a summer full of concerts and master classes.

The Music Academy has more than 170 events scheduled over an eight week period. The season officially begins Monday, and runs through August 10th.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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