Santa Barbara Symphony News

[Casa Magazine] Charlie Chaplin’s Masterpiece

January 09, 2015

City Lights will screen as it was originally intended--with full symphony orchestra--when UCSB Arts & Lectures and the Santa Barbara Symphony co-produce a pair of concerts Saturday, January 17th at 8pm and Sunday, January 18th at 3pm at the Granada Theatre.

Chaplin, the comic actor of extraordinary imagination, celebrated film director, and co-founder of United Artists Studio, once won an Academy Award for music composition. In his film City Lights Chaplin developed the art form of the film score as complementary to the on-screen action in a way that accerlated the story and increased the comedy, a unique style that has come to be known as Chaplinesque. Even though Chaplin cound neither read nor write music, he worked with many of Hollywood's best musicians to create some of the first complete & specific scores for film.


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[Montecito Journal] Pops music

January 08, 2015

The Granada was bursting at the seams when the Santa Barbara Symphony hosted its annual New Year's Eve Pops concert with pianist Michael Chertock and clarinetist Donald Foster.

As the talented musicians vied with the sounds of popping champagne corks, noise-makers and the rustle of party hats, conductor Bob Bernhardt, making his fourth consecutive appearance, took them through their paces with the two-hour program split equally between Boston Pops works from the time of Arthur Fiedler, who wielded his baton in the Massachusetts city for 50 years, and multi-Oscar winning composer John Williams, winner of 21 Grammy Awards, as well as four Golden Globes.


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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony to Ring In New Year with Pops Concert

December 30, 2014

The Santa Barbara Symphony's New Year's Eve Pops Concert — from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Granada Theatre — is an island of, maybe not tranquility, but certainly sweetness and mellowness, in the middle of an evening famous for its noise: the eye of the social hurricane that is New Year's Eve.


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[Scene Magazine] New Year’s Eve in rhapsodic blue

December 26, 2014

The Santa Barbara Symphony's annual New Year's Eve concert includes Gershwin's great 'Rhapsody in Blue,' with piano virtuoso Michael Chertock

One time each year, and in the waning hours of one year before it yields to the next, the Santa Barbara Symphony has made a habit of going pops. And that's a good thing.

During the rest of the symphony's season, the focus remains on the serious business of concert music and classical traditions, with a few light-hearted touches along the way. But the symphony's now 20-plus-year tradition of putting on the New Year's Eve ritz — early enough to allow for later "Auld Lang Syne-ing" — is the orchestra's way of dipping into the stuff of pops programming, mixed in with sneaky touches of the deeper, more sophisticated stuff for good symphonic measure. Normally staid and proper patrons of the symphonic arts are known to cut loose and misbehave on this night, while the band plays on.


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[Independent] Santa Barbara Symphony Rings in New Year

December 24, 2014

Annual Pops Concert Closes Out 2014 with Rhapsody in Blue

Disguised in sparkly New Year’s Eve costumes as crowd-pleasing programs of light fare, the Santa Barbara Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Pops concerts are actually stimulating sources of thought-provoking party music. Taking an approach that’s grounded in the history of the orchestral “Pops” repertoire in America, and of the groundbreaking Boston Pops in particular, Maestro Robert Bernhardt illustrates and emphasizes what’s interesting about a wide range of musical styles, even as he teases the festive audience with goofy puns and witty allusions.


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Santa Barbara Symphony Appoints New Executive Director

December 18, 2014

For Immediate Release
Press Contact:  Kelly Kapaun/Juliana Minsky, 805/687-3322

Santa Barbara, CA, December 18, 2014 – After an extensive nationwide search, the Santa Barbara Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of David Pratt as its new Executive Director. Pratt will assume his duties on March 2, 2015. David Pratt, a native of Australia, has over 15 years of successful management experience in leadership roles across the performing arts, film, and entertainment sectors in the United States and Australia. Prior to joining the Santa Barbara Symphony, Pratt acted as Executive Director for the Savannah Philharmonic, where he delivered substantial increases in audience numbers, donations, and corporate support, producing annual surpluses above targets and introducing new and engaging programs and events.

“After a thorough strategic planning and search process, the Santa Barbara Symphony is thrilled to welcome David Pratt as our new Executive Director,” said Arthur Swalley, Santa Barbara Symphony Board President. “We are proud to bring in a great new leader to build on our current artistic and operational excellence. Even more importantly, Mr. Pratt is uniquely qualified to lead the Symphony in our next stages of growth. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Pratt to the Symphony family.”


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