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[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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[Casa Magazine] Auferstehung (Resurrection)

May 24, 2013

Once in awhile during earth’s 26,000-year perambulation through the Milky Way galaxy, a select few humans are favored with special insights into the mystical concordance between belief and certainty. Gustav Mahler’s massive symphonic compositions, neglected for decades because of prejudice against his Jewish roots, were his personal apotheoses; a set of monumental pronouncements on the human condition, that languished unheard until Leonard Bernstein, another Jew, discovered and recorded them in the 50s and 60s. Mahler’s symphonies are now a de rigueur part of every major orchestra’s repertoire.


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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Resurrects Mahler

May 19, 2013

At 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Granada Theatre, we will have the final pair of concerts from the Santa Barbara Symphony's 2012-13 season

By Gerald Carpenter, Noozhawk Contributing Writer

The concerts, conducted by Nir Kabaretti, will also have the boon of a stunning collection of guest talents, including soprano Jennifer Black, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, the Santa Barbara Choral Society director Jo Anne Wasserman and Quire of Voyces director Nathan Kreitzer.

The object of all this massed musical might and skill is, of course, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C-Minor, "Resurrection".


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KDB 93.7FM interview with David Grossman and Jo Anne Wasserman

May 17, 2013


[Independent] Grand Finale of the Week

May 16, 2013

The Santa Barbara Symphony Performs Gustav Mahler’s “Resurrection”

By Joseph Miller, Independent

Music lovers will be thinking big this weekend — a full-body sonic immersion of Gustav Mahler’s great Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” Mahler loved to use a full orchestra, large choruses, and operatic soloists in his symphonies, and “Resurrection” is no exception.


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