Community Access Tickets Provide Special “Aria” for MAW Opera


This article originally appeared in Voice Magazine’s June 24 issue.

Community Access Tickets have been increased for MAW’s production of the opera The Bartered Bride, due to generous support from the Santa Barbara Foundation.

“The Santa Barbara Foundation is proud to be associated with the Music Academy of the West’s Community Access Ticket Program for the second consecutive year,” related Ron Gallo, President and CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation, the exclusive Community Access Ticket Sponsor of the 2016 Opera, Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, “When a world-renowned cultural institutions recognizes the importance of and innovatively addresses the identification and nurturing of the audiences of the future, it matters mightily to all those who love the arts and who love community building.”

The Music Academy just released 300 additional $10 Community Access tickets for the opera, in addition to previously offered tickets meant to foster greater community involvement, during its 69th annual Summer School and Festival. The Festival offers over 200 masterclasses, recital, and concert programs; over 80 of which are free to the public, featuring the Summer School’s 140 incredibly talented fellows and nearly 70 exceptional faculty and guest artists.

Community Access Tickets are generously funded by the Walter J. and Holly O. Thomson Foundation, the Santa Barbara Foundation, Margaret Cafarelli and Jan Hill, and Patricia and Larry Durham.

The Community Access Initiative is anchored by $10 Community Access Tickets, which were made available on a first-come, first-served basis for all Festival events as of Saturday, June 11. Community Access seats are located in a variety of sections of each Summer Festival venue: Hahn Hall, Lehmann Hall, and Weinman Hall located on the Music Academy campus; and the Lobero and Granada theatres in downtown Santa Barbara.

Additionally, young people ages 7-17 accompanied by ticketed adults will be granted free admission to all events. 27 select performances and masterclasses will also be live streamed on free of charge.

One Community Access patron stated, “As a 30-year supporter of the Music Academy, I very much appreciate the reduced price tickets. I am so thankful that you allocated a few from sold-out events. As a 90-year old living on reduced assets, I was able to attend many more than I could have bought at regular prices.”


The Music Academy gratefully dedicates the 2016 Community Access Concerts in remembrance of Bareness Léni Fé Bland. Her passion for the arts and commitment to helping those in need in Santa Barbara continues to make a lasting trans-formative impact on our community. For info visit
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