Press Releases

Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director David Grossman Submits Resignation

August 08, 2014

David Grossman, executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association, has announced his decision to resign from his position effective Oct. 31 to pursue new professional opportunities.

The Board of Directors supports Grossman in his decision to end his 3½-year tenure and thanks him for his dedicated service to the symphony.

The symphony board and its Executive Committee are working with Grossman to execute a well-thought-out leadership transition. The process will allow a broad executive search, which will put a leader in place to continue implementing the objectives of the symphony’s Strategic Plan.

Among these are maintaining and growing the symphony’s excellent artistic product led by our beloved music and artistic director, Nir Kabaretti; nurturing our unique Education Center, which actively involves over 4,000 children continuously throughout the school year; and building a strong Board of Directors and staff to ensure the symphony’s operational excellence and financial sustainability.

The Board of Directors recognizes and highly values the integrity, professionalism and dedication that Grossman brought to the symphony during his tenure. The Santa Barbara Symphony wishes Grossman continued success in all of his future endeavors.


Santa Barbara Symphony Announces Election of New President, Board

July 16, 2014

The Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association is pleased to announce the election of Arthur Swalley as president of the Board of Directors for the 2014-15 season.

The symphony’s elected officers include David Chernof, vice president; Brett Moore, treasurer; Fred Wudl, secretary; Karen Kerns, counsel; and Susan Spector, development.

Endeavoring to make classical music both accessible and exceptional, Music Director Nir Kabaretti and the Santa Barbara Symphony have enjoyed a prolonged period of successful growth, raising the bar both in terms of the quality of performances and its mission to continue being an indispensable part of the community.

“I am honored to assume the board presidency, and the timing couldn’t be better,” Swalley said. “A quick glance at our website shows that our 2014-15 season is one of the most innovative and exciting in many years. I look forward to working with Maestro Nir Kabaretti and our many collaborative partners to continue raising the level of the classical music experience in Santa Barbara.”


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Santa Barbara Symphony’s Maestro Nir Kabaretti to also Lead Southwest Florida Symphony

May 21, 2014

Kabaretti to continue as Music and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony

Santa Barbara, CA, May 21, 2014 – The Santa Barbara Symphony is proud to announce that Maestro Nir Kabaretti has been chosen by the Southwest Florida Symphony to lead its orchestra. Kabaretti will continue to serve as the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music and Artistic Director.

After an extensive international search, the Southwest Florida Symphony chose five finalists, including Kabaretti, for the position of Music Director and Conductor. Maestro Kabaretti was ultimately chosen through polling the Southwest Florida Symphony’s musicians, through audience polls and recommendations made by the selection committee and Symphony administrative staff. The Southwest Florida Symphony feels strongly that the organization will benefit from Maestro Kabaretti’s international and regional orchestra experience, forward thinking and strong artistic leadership.

“As Maestro Kabaretti’s star continues to rise, we’re proud that he continues to call the Santa Barbara Symphony home” said David Grossman, Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director. “Now with his second Music Directorship, we can look forward to Maestro Kabaretti’s more frequent presence with us here in the United States.”


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Santa Barbara Symphony, Musicians Union Ratify Three-Year Labor Contract

December 13, 2013

By Kelly Kapuan, Publicist

The Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association and the American Federation of Musicians-Local 308 are very pleased to announce that a new three-year collective bargaining agreement has been ratified, taking them through the 2015-16 season.

Several key concerns were addressed within the new agreement, including the negotiation of modest wage and travel increases commensurate with financial planning, while being reflective of the musicians' priorities. Important clarifications were also achieved regarding auditioning and hiring procedures, as well as calculations pertaining to overscale and doubling fees.

While electronic media remains a significant topic of discussion both locally and nationally, an agreement was reached to allow more flexibility, while staying within the union’s national policies.

“With many orchestras experiencing disruptions to their seasons and futures, we are proud to have come to a successful agreement such as this with good will and good spirit,” said David Grossman, executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. “During negotiations, both sides supported a measured approach, recognizing the need to balance financial realities with the symphony’s goal of continued growth in artistic excellence. This new contract affirms our ongoing desire to work collaboratively toward the shared goal of elevating the Santa Barbara Symphony’s impact to our patrons, sponsors and the community at large.”

Donald Foster, chairman of the Musicians Committee of the SBSO, added: “From the start, a spirit of togetherness ensued, with both sides putting artistic quality, professional integrity and basic fiscal responsibility at the forefront. The musicians are confident that this three year agreement speaks volumes about how the Santa Barbara Symphony continues to stand out as one of the great California symphony orchestras."


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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Welcoming Spring with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Dynamic Guest Artists and Multimedia Experience

April 03, 2013

Concerts feature acclaimed international guest conductor Gregory Vajda virtuoso violinist Nigel Armstrong, and a live, onstage painting by Hollywood scenic artist Jett Green

"...conductor Vajda soars." –The Oregonian

On Saturday and Sunday, April 13th and April 14th, the Santa Barbara Symphony 60th Anniversary Season continues with acclaimed Guest Conductor Gregory Vajda leading the orchestra in Vivaldi’s best known work. The Four Seasons, a set of four concertos, ingeniously molds together depictions of delightfully characteristic weather reports. In tune with the season’s theme is Glazunov’s colorful ballet The Seasons, performed as acclaimed Hollywood scenic artist Jett Green paints live onstage, with her creations projected on a screen. The “Four Seasons” concerts will be held in The Granada Theatre on Saturday, April 13th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 14th at 3 p.m.

“We welcome the changing seasons and this powerful showing of the ‘next generation’ of classical talent with dynamic Gregory Vajda, who has fast become a sought-after conductor on the international scene, and prodigy Nigel Armstrong,” said David Grossman, Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director. “This is the perfect opportunity for first-timers and our most sophisticated patrons to appreciate one of the most beloved symphonic works of all time, and to experience the excitement of special effects master and painter Jett Green interpreting Glazunov’s The Seasons live, onstage.”


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