Press Releases

Santa Barbara Youth Symphony & Junior Orchestra Will Present Free Concerts November 12 & 13

November 08, 2016

Santa Barbara, CA — Two Santa Barbara Symphony youth ensembles featuring orchestral musicians from throughout the region will present free concerts in Santa Barbara on November 12 and 13. The Junior Orchestra, which features young musicians from Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria, will perform at 3 pm on Saturday, November 12, in the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall. The Youth Symphony, whose accomplished members hail from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, will perform works by Brahms, Mussorgsky, and others at 4 pm on Sunday, November 13, in the Lobero Theatre.


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Santa Barbara Symphony Begins Season with New Musician Agreement

October 18, 2016

Union members ratify three-year labor contract, paving the way for long-term artistic and fiscal growth, say Symphony officials.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony and its unionized musicians have agreed on a new labor contract. The American Federation of Musicians Local 308, which represents the Symphony’s 76 performers, voted to approve the deal following negotiations over the summer. The union ratification was announced Friday.

“With difficult labor negotiations plaguing the industry in recent years, it is both remarkable and telling that we came to an understanding so quickly and collegially,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Board President Arthur Swalley. “We regard our musicians as family and hold them in high esteem. We are very proud of the manner in which the process unfolded.”


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Santa Barbara Symphony Launches Communitywide Music Education Programs

October 03, 2016

Orchestra is partnering with three area school districts to provide hundreds of community children with unique instructional opportunities.

Santa Barbara, CA — Further cementing its status as a music education leader in the region, the Santa Barbara Symphony has launched a pair of instructional programs that will collectively serve some 285 area public elementary school students during the current school year. The effort includes an expansion of BRAVO!, the Santa Barbara Unified School District’s (SBUSD) afterschool music education program, as well as a new violin program in the Hope Elementary School District.

“As part of the Symphony’s overall efforts to address a growing need in the community, these new programs are in effect making the case for quality music instruction in our schools, and the message is clearly resonating with parents and educators alike,” said Dr. Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony. “The resulting learning experiences will add immeasurably to students’ development, and are perfectly aligned with the Symphony’s mission to provide the community’s youth with dynamic educational opportunities. We are proud to help families invest in their children’s future through music.”


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Local Choruses to Unite with S.B. Symphony for Monumental Performances of Beethoven’s Ninth

September 15, 2016

Symphony’s season-opening concerts at the Granada Theatre October 15 and 16 will include singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UCSB, Quire of Voyces, and San Marcos High School.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will assemble singers from throughout the region for grandly thrilling performances of Beethoven’s jubilant and inspiring Symphony No. 9 at the Granada Theatre on October 15 and 16. Also featuring Rapture, a shimmering orchestral work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse, the season-opening concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, October 15, and at 3 pm on Sunday, October 16. Tickets are now available.

The performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its rapturous choral setting of Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” will feature singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UCSB, Quire of Voyces, and San Marcos High School, as well as soloists Jeanine De Bique (soprano), Nina Yoshida Nelson (mezzo), Benjamin Brecher (tenor), and DeAndre Simmons (bass).


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Santa Barbara Symphony Single-Ticket Sales Will Begin September 15

September 08, 2016

Maestro Nir Kabaretti has designed nine compelling programs to entertain and inspire, including Vivaldi, a new commission, and scenes from Disney’s ‘Fantasia.’ Symphony will bring together singers from across Santa Barbara to glory in Beethoven’s Ninth to open the season October 15.

Santa Barbara, CA — Single-ticket sales for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s highly anticipated 2016-17 season will begin Thursday, September 15. The orchestra will present a total of nine programs over the course of its 64th season, which opens October 15 with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 featuring singers from throughout the region. All performances will take place at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street in Santa Barbara. Tickets can be purchased through the Granada box office, (805) 899-2222.


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Santa Barbara Symphony Seeks Co-Investors to Expand Afterschool Music Education Program

August 04, 2016

New partnership with Santa Barbara Unified School District’s BRAVO! program will create more learning opportunities for area elementary students.

The Santa Barbara Symphony is seeking additional funding partners for a proposed expansion of BRAVO!, the Santa Barbara Unified School District’s (SBUSD) afterschool music education program for public elementary students in grades five and six. Under the plan, the Symphony – in a new operational partnership with the SBUSD – will augment district teaching staff and extend the program’s hands-on instrument instruction to fourth-grade students. The Symphony also will assume greater responsibility for administering the program, including managing teaching artists.


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