Nestled in the foothills of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Bowl is a premier example of 1930s WPA Craftsman-style architecture and melds decades of music and vistas in ways no other open-air venue in America can.
When this $12,000,000 campaign phase of the Bowl's $22,000,000 Renovation and Restoration Master Plan is completed in 2008, the early 20th century grace will remain but rest firmly on 21st century underpinnings.
Although the new improvements will be first-class and in keeping with the distinctive architectural style, the American Classic Campaign is not about cosmetics. Every element is necessary for Santa Barbara's beloved Bowl not only to maintain its place as one of America's finest outdoor concert venues but also to be able to continue to attract top-tier, world-class artists. Changing industry standards require serious support for advances in lighting, sound, staging and all areas of production..
Santa Barbara Bowl History and Information
For the first time, the Bowl's acoustics will be enhanced sufficiently to accommodate major symphony orchestras and opera stars in concert.
The centerpiece of the campaign is the Pavilion. This new on-stage structure will enable top-tier acts to play the venue. The stage has been completely rebuilt and the new stage housing - The Pavilion - will hold approximately 30 percent more weight, thus accommodating more lighting, associated sets, props, lifts and "video walls" that are becoming an increasingly important part of every major act today.
The three-walled, permanently covered Pavilion will protect artists and their equipment from the elements, in addition to mitigating neighborhood sound issues for certain areas immediately adjacent to the Bowl. The Pavilion will serve as a proper sound reverberation chamber, enhancing the Bowl's natural acoustics to provide concert hall quality - characteristics necessary to attract major symphony orchestras and premier vocalists.