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Acclaimed Violinist Philippe Quint to Perform the ‘Seasons’ of Vivaldi & Piazzolla with SB Symphony

February 24, 2017

Orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ and Piazzolla’s ‘The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’ in their entirety March 18 & 19. Concerts also will feature Haydn’s thrilling Symphony No. 101.     

Santa Barbara, CA — Russian-born violin virtuoso Philippe Quint – lauded for his “fervidly expressive” playing (San Francisco Chronicle) and “bravura technique” (The Times of London) – will showcase his formidable endurance in performances of Antonio Vivaldi’s timeless The Four Seasons and Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango masterpiece The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with the Santa Barbara Symphony on March 18 and 19. Conducted by Maestro Nir Kabaretti, and including Haydn’s dramatic Symphony No. 101 (“The Clock”), the concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, March 18, and at 3 pm on Sunday, March 19, in Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre. Tickets are now available.


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Santa Barbara Symphony to Premiere Leshnoff Clarinet Concerto for West Coast

January 31, 2017

Work was co-commissioned by the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. Concerts also will feature Schubert’s cherished ‘Unfinished’ Symphonyand Copland’s monumental Symphony No. 3.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will present the West Coast premiere of acclaimed composer Jonathan Leshnoff’s Clarinet Concerto – a work co-commissioned by the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra – at the Granada Theatre on Saturday, February 11. Featuring Santa Barbara Symphony Principal Clarinetist Donald Foster, the performance will take place at 8 pm, followed by an encore concert at 3 pm on Sunday, February 12. Tickets are now available.

The program also will include Schubert’s beloved “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8 and Aaron Copland’s powerful Symphony No. 3, with its famed Fanfare for the Common Man theme.


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Area Children to Perform Community Concerts

January 30, 2017

Featured musicians receive training through the Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center. 

Santa Barbara, CA — Local children will be the featured performers in two free community concerts presented in February by the Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center in partnership with the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD). String musicians in grades three through six will perform at 5:30 pm on Thursday, February 2, in the Marjorie Luke Theatre, and instrumentalists of all ages will perform at 7 pm on Thursday, February 23, in the San Marcos High School Auditorium. All performers are SBUSD students.

The February 2 concert will feature participants in BRAVO!, an afterschool program that provides hands-on instrument instruction to elementary students ages 9 to 12. The Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center is partnering with the SBUSD to administer the district program following its expansion last fall. The SBUSD Honor Band Concert on February 23 will feature BRAVO! musicians as well as students in junior high and high school.  


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Santa Barbara Symphony to Present Concerts for Young People on January 26 & 27

January 20, 2017

Free symphonic performances at the Granada Theatre will introduce area children to the wonders of orchestral music.

Santa Barbara, CA — In response to growing demand, the Santa Barbara Symphony will present four Concerts for Young People over two days at the Granada Theatre – a twofold increase over last year. Performances will take place at 10 and 11:30 am on Thursday, January 26, and Friday, January 27. Now in its sixth decade, the Concerts for Young People program is designed to introduce area fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders to the wonders of orchestral music through live interactive, kid-friendly symphonic performances and demonstrations. Attendance is free for students and teachers. A list of participating Santa Barbara Unified School District schools appears below.


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Don Gilman Named Vice President of Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors

January 17, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Don Gilman, an internationally recognized author, speaker, trainer, and executive coach, has been elected vice president of the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors. His appointment was effective January 1. 

Dr. Gilman, who was named to a three-year term on the Symphony Board last spring, currently serves as executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of Critical Thinking and as a senior faculty member at the American Management Association. He also heads Gilman Consulting Group, which specializes in executive coaching for leaders of high-tech companies. Previously, he served as director of strategic marketing at a division of Bosch, including more than two years at the firm’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, and held various management positions at Vetronix, Litton Guidance and Control Systems, and Delco Systems Operations. A Santa Barbara native and an alumnus of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, Dr. Gilman holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Westmont College, a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from UC Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in engineering management from West Coast University in Los Angeles, and a doctorate in organization change from Pepperdine University. His most recent book, Outsmarting V.U.C.A., will be published next month. He is currently a board member for the Foundation for Girsh Park, the Coastal Housing Coalition, and the Institute of Management Consultants. Dr. Gilman chairs the Governance Committee for the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.

“We are very excited and fortunate to welcome Don as our Board vice president. His leadership experience and deep ties to our community have led to him playing a key role on the Board, and will help propel the organization forward in the years ahead,” said Symphony Board President Arthur Swalley.

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s 64th season is underway. Complete program information is available online at www.thesymphony.org.


Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the Santa Barbara Symphony

January 09, 2017

Orchestra to perform live accompaniment for Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ at the Granada Theatre on January 28 and 29. Concerts also will feature Hindemith’s crowd-pleasing ‘Symphonic Metamorphosis.’ David Lockington will conduct.    

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor David Lockington, will provide stirring orchestral accompaniment to screened excerpts from Disney’s beloved Fantasia films at the Granada Theatre on January 28 and 29. Also featuring Hindemith’s richly colorful Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber as well as Maestro Lockington’s own Ceremonial Fantasy Fanfare, the performances will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, January 28, and at 3 pm on Sunday, January 29. Tickets are now available.

High-definition footage from both the original Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia 2000 will be shown. Accompanying repertoire will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 (with Donald Duck), and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (starring Mickey Mouse).          


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