Santa Barbara Symphony News

[Independent] Ted Atkatz Explores the Possibilities of Percussion

October 10, 2013

S.B. Symphony Season Opens with Rouse on October 12

By Tom Jacobs, Independent

People have preconceived notions about percussion. That’s Ted Atkatz’s lament, and he has a point. Most of us think of drums, cymbals, and their cousins as essentially rhythm instruments — ways of keeping the beat. But to the virtuoso percussionist and longtime Music Academy of the West instructor, who will be guest soloist for the opening weekend concerts of the Santa Barbara Symphony, that’s ridiculously reductive.

“To find the lyrical and linear side of percussion is a lifelong pursuit of mine,” Atkatz said in a recent interview. “There are so many nuances to be found.


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Board Announcement: Jennifer Gillon Duffy

September 25, 2013

Jennifer Gillon Duffy has joined the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association. She is a partner in the law firm of Fell, Marking, Abkin, Montgomery, Granet and Raney LLP, where she specialized in employment and family law matters. Ms. Duffy sang soprano with the Canticle A Cappella Choir and the Quire of Voyces. A Santa Barbara native, she earned her law degree from the University of San Francisco, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review and a judicial extern to the California Supreme Court.


[Scene Magazine] A Creative Community

September 20, 2013

Destination: Corner of State and Sola Streets, Santa Barbara

By Brett Leigh Dicks, News-Press Correspondent

Located on the corner of State and Sola Streets is the Santa Barbara Arts and Culture Center. The former home of Washington Mutual's mortgage division, in 2009 the building became the 13th acquisition of the Hutton Foundation, which, subsequently opened the building's doors to nonprofit arts tenants. The structure is now home to a range of performance arts-based organizations, making it one of the most creatively dynamic corners in Santa Barbara.


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Make a Difference: Video

September 02, 2013


[Noozhawk] ‘Symphony in the Garden’ Cultivates Growing Support with Celebration of 60th Anniversary

June 19, 2013

Michael and Anne Towbes host the Santa Barbara Symphony's afternoon fundraiser at their Montecito home

By Melissa Walker, Noozhawk iSociety Columnist

A "Symphony in the Garden" gathered more than 100 guests as part of the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the Santa Barbara Symphony at the beautiful home of Michael and Anne Towbes in Montecito.

"I've been a supporter of the Santa Barbara Symphony for many years, and I think that they continue to improve year after year and it's so great to see the quality of the symphony that we have here," Michael Towbes told Noozhawk. "We're so very fortunate to have our own symphony orchestra in Santa Barbara."

The event was not only an anniversary celebration but also an opportunity to acknowledge three donors who each contributed $60,000 this season — Marilynn Sullivan, Daniel Gainey for the Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation, and the William H. Kearns Foundation with Maxine Prisyon and Milton Warshaw.


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Board Announcement: 2013-2014 Board Officers

June 12, 2013

The Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association is pleased to announce the election of Paksy Plackis-Cheng as President of the Board for the 2013-2014 season.

The Symphony’s elected officers also include: Stefan Riesenfeld, Immediate Past President; Arthur Swalley, Vice President; David Chernof, M.D., Secretary; Brett Moore, Treasurer; Karen Kerns, Counsel; Susan Spector, Development Chair. The Executive Committee will be formed by the elected officers, Gene Sinser and Peter Schlueer, Members-at-Large. In addition, Ex-Officio Member, David Grossman, Executive Director and Ex-Officio Member, Maestro Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director.


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