Press Releases

Guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas to Serve as the Symphony’s Inaugural Artist-in-Residence

October 16, 2017

Virtuoso will perform at the Granada Theatre and participate in community programming during the coming season.

Santa Barbara, CA — Classical guitar virtuoso Pablo Sáinz Villegas, whose charismatic stage presence and formidable technique have dazzled audiences throughout much of the world, will headline a pair of concerts at the Granada Theatre and take part in multiple community outreach events as the Santa Barbara Symphony’s inaugural artist-in-residence during the 2017-18 season. Mr. Villegas, who captivated local audiences in a pair of electrifying concerts to conclude the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2015-16 season, will rejoin the orchestra for Joaquín Rodrigo’s sensuous Concierto de Aranjuez as well as Isaac Albéniz’s evocative Souvenirs of Spain at the Granada Theatre on November 18 and 19. He will also perform a solo concert at the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara on November 16, and present educational programs for area children at The Granada on January 18 and 19. Additional events are being planned.


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SB Symphony to Open New Season with a Spectacular All-Mozart Program and a Ballet World Premiere

September 26, 2017

Concerts on October 14 and 15 will feature a collaboration with State Street Ballet and renowned choreographer William Soleau.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will assemble singers and dancers from throughout the region for an extraordinary all-Mozart concert – including a ballet world premiere – to open its 2017-18 season on Saturday, October 14. Featuring Mozart’s miraculous final symphony and his famed Requiem, the latter augmented with a new work by renowned choreographer William Soleau, the concert will take place at 8 pm, followed by an encore performance at 3 pm on Sunday, October 15. Performances will take place at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street in Santa Barbara. Priced from $29, tickets can be purchased at thesymphony.org or through the Granada box office, (805) 899-2222.

“Pairing dancing with a Catholic mass is highly original to say the least,” said Maestro Kabaretti, entering his 12th season as the Santa Barbara Symphony’s music director. “There are cultures in which dance is an accepted, even integral, part of funeral rites, and inspired by that I thought it would be fascinating to have dancers join us for Mozart’s Requiem. The Requiem is Mozart’s last piece of music, and combined with his final symphony (the “Jupiter”) represents Mozart at his best. And for the first time ever, we have auditioned and selected chorus members specifically for this project.”


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Santa Barbara Symphony Single Tickets on Sale September 15

September 13, 2017

New season will open October 14 in collaboration with State Street Ballet and renowned choreographer William Soleau. Subscriptions remain available.

Santa Barbara, CA — Single tickets for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s highly anticipated 2017-18 season will go on sale at 10 am on Friday, September 15. The orchestra will present a total of nine compelling programs over the course of its coming season, which opens October 14 with an extraordinary all-Mozart concert featuring a ballet world premiere. Performances take place at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street in Santa Barbara. Priced from $29, tickets can be purchased at thesymphony.org or through the Granada box office, (805) 899-2222. Complete season program information is available online at thesymphony.org.

Priced from $65, subscriptions remain available and provide the best value. Subscribers save as much as 40 percent off single-ticket prices and receive special benefits throughout the season. To order subscriptions, visit thesymphony.org or call (805) 898-9386.

“We are very proud of this season’s program and expect demand for tickets to be quite strong. In fact, our first concerts of 2017-18 are already generating considerable excitement in the community,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin.


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Santa Barbara Symphony to Hold Youth Ensemble Auditions

July 24, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony will hold auditions for its Junior Orchestra and Youth Symphony at Santa Barbara Community Church on August 14, 16, and 19. Auditions for violinists will take place on Monday, August 14; auditions for violists, cellists, and bassists will take place on Wednesday, August 16; and auditions for wind, brass, and percussion players will take place on Saturday, August 19. To schedule an appointment, call 805-898-9526 or email kblakey@thesymphony.org.

“These ensembles offer exceptional instructional and performance opportunities for young instrumentalists,” said Dr. Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony. “Program participants invariably show remarkable growth as musicians and as individuals. I encourage families throughout the community to take part in the audition process.”


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Santa Barbara Symphony Volunteer Receives ‘MVP’ Award at Annual Conference

July 20, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Mary Jane Cooper, a longtime Santa Barbara Symphony volunteer, was honored with a Most Valuable Player Award at a luncheon held today as part of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras’ (ACSO) annual conference in Los Angeles. Ms. Cooper was recognized for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the Music Van, the Santa Barbara Symphony’s award-winning outreach program for area children.  

“Mary Jane Cooper personifies all the admirable qualities we see in so many of our volunteers – dedication to our community’s youth, a genuine love of music, a warmly engaging personality, and a generosity of spirit. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin.


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Don Gilman Named President of Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors

June 28, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Dr. Don Gilman, an internationally recognized author, speaker, and executive coach, has been elected president of the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors. He succeeds Arthur G. Swalley, who served as president for three years. Also elected to the Symphony Board’s executive committee were Pamela Johnston (secretary and development chair) and Kate Parker (member-at-large). Jon W. Greenleaf, who had been serving as secretary, was elected vice president. Christopher D. Harris and Stephen Erickson were re-elected treasurer and counsel, respectively.

“I am very excited to be working with such a talented and impressive group of individuals,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin. “Don Gilman is uniquely suited to build on the tremendous progress that the Santa Barbara Symphony has enjoyed under the steady leadership of Arthur Swalley. We are grateful for Arthur’s many contributions to the organization. The Symphony’s future looks very bright!”


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