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Araïza Headlines Santa Barbara Symphony Fundraiser at the Lobero Theatre on May 9

April 15, 2016

Santa Barbara, CA — Pianist and longtime Santa Barbara Symphony lecturer Saïd Ramón Araïza will perform and discuss works by Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, and others at the historic Lobero Theatre on Monday, May 9. Whimsically titled “The Muses, the Mud, the Music, and Your Mother,” the lively, hour-long presentation will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception outside the Lobero’s main entrance. Tickets cost $75, with proceeds benefiting the Santa Barbara Symphony and its award-winning Music Education Center.

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Four Elected to Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors

April 05, 2016

For Immediate Release: April 5, 2016

Contact: Tim Dougherty

Santa Barbara, CA — Four accomplished individuals have been elected to the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors. Each will serve a three-year term.

Don Gilman is an internationally recognized author, speaker, trainer, and executive coach. He 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. 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 latest book, Outsmarting V.U.C.A., is scheduled to be published in June. He is currently a board member for the Foundation for Girsh Park, the Coastal Housing Coalition, and the Institute of Management Consultants. Dr. Gilman serves on the Governance Committee for the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.

George Konstantinow is a consultant and analyst in healthcare information technology. Dr. Konstantinow earned a degree in biomedical engineering at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and conducted research as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center, where he pioneered medical imaging technology used in the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease. Having relocated to Santa Barbara in 1985, he worked in systems engineering at Hughes Aircraft and Delco Electronics, and later served as manager of information technology at Unisys, director of networking and telecommunications at Santa Barbara City College, and director of research and development with the ISERA Group. A member of various professional societies, Dr. Konstantinow sits on the Board of the Science and Engineering Council of Santa Barbara and of the IEEE Central Coast Section, with membership and fundraising activities focusing on scholarships and grants to pre-university and university-level science and engineering students. He is a Board director for Ensemble Theatre Company and also supports the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Dr. Konstantinow serves on the Education and Finance committees for the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.

Michelle Richardson is a senior vice president at Montecito Bank & Trust, where she oversees the Business Intelligence department and the Office of Project Management. She is also a member of the bank’s senior management committee. Ms. Richardson began working for Montecito Bank & Trust as a management consultant in December 2007 and went on to hold a succession of vice president titles there before being appointed to her current position in July 2015. Previously, she served as a vice president and senior business systems analyst at Pacific Capital Bancorp in Santa Barbara, and held controller and finance positions at General Dynamics’ California Technical Center and its antecedent, Delco Systems, both in Goleta. She began her career as a program controls analyst at the Santa Barbara Research Center, also in Goleta. Her volunteer efforts include the United Way, Angels Foster Care of Santa Barbara, and several local schools. Ms. Richardson holds a master’s degree in confluent education and organizational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from UC Santa Barbara. She serves on the Governance Committee for the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.

Robert W. Weinman is a retired physicist. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at Cornell University and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics at Caltech before pursuing postdoctoral studies in elementary particle theory at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Weinman spent his entire career at Northrop, joining the company as a research scientist and later serving as a section manager for the MX missile program. He was awarded consecutive National Science Foundation and Westinghouse fellowships in the early to mid-1960s. Dr. Weinman generously supports many performing arts organizations and cultural institutions regionally and beyond, including the Music Academy of the West, Camerata Pacifica, UCSB Arts & Lectures, Long Beach Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, the Los Angeles Opera, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Metropolitan Opera, and the Whitney Museum. He serves on the Artistic Planning Committee for the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.

Santa Barbara Symphony to Celebrate Area’s Intimate Bond with the Sea

March 16, 2016

Concerts on April 9 and 10 also will feature guest artist Timothy Chooi performing Tchaikovsky’s timeless Violin Concerto.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will celebrate the region’s shimmering coastal waters with a program titled “Sounds of the Ocean” at the historic Granada Theatre on April 9 and 10. Featured works will include Michael Torke’s uplifting Bright Blue Music, “Four Sea Interludes” from Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, and Claude Debussy’s enduring and influential La Mer. Also featuring wunderkind Timothy Chooi as a guest soloist on Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto, performances will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, April 9, and at 3 pm on Sunday, April 10. Tickets are now available.

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Santa Barbara Symphony Celebrates a Decade of Incisive Artistic Leadership by Nir Kabaretti

February 18, 2016

March 12 and 13 concerts marking the maestro’s 10th anniversary with the orchestra will feature works by Wagner, Hummel, and Brahms.

The Santa Barbara Symphony will mark the 10th anniversary of Maestro Nir Kabaretti's appointment as music director with a celebratory program of works by Wagner, Hummel, and Brahms at the Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara on March 12 and 13. Featuring a pair of masterworks performed as part of Maestro Kabaretti's Symphony debut a decade ago - Wagner's Die Meistersinger Overture and Brahms' Symphony No. 2 - as well as Hummel's crowd-pleasing Trumpet Concerto, which will showcase the remarkable talents of longtime orchestra principal Jon Lewis, the concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, March 12, and at 3 pm on Sunday, March 13. Tickets are now available.

"Brahms' Symphony No. 2 was the very first work I conducted in Santa Barbara, as it was one of my audition pieces in 2006 at the Arlington Theatre, and the Die Meistersinger Overture was the piece that launched my tenure as music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony," said Maestro Kabaretti. "I am especially looking forward to performing the Brahms again, this time with the many musicians who have joined our orchestra over the last 10 years, and in our musical home, the Granada Theatre. For this festive concert I wanted to have a soloist from our orchestra, so I'm very happy that Jon Lewis will play the Hummel Trumpet Concerto."

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The Santa Barbara Symphony to Play Rachmaninoff Program This February

January 16, 2016

The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor James Judd, will perform a pair of beloved masterworks by the famed Russian composer and virtuoso pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff at the historic Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara on February 13 and 14. Also featuring captivating Canadian pianist Ian Parker as a guest soloist, the program will include Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini and Symphonic Dances, considered by many to be the summary of his musical genius.

Performances will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, February 13, and at 3 pm on Sunday, February 14. Tickets are now available.

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Santa Barbara Symphony Will Perform World Premiere of Cristian Carrara’s ‘Machpelah’

December 14, 2015

Concerts on January 16 and 17 also will include Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Handel’s ‘Water Music,’ and Gabrieli’s ‘Sacrae symphoniae.’ 

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will present the world premiere of Machpelah, the newest work by brilliant young Italian composer Cristian Carrara, on Saturday, January 16, at the Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. Featuring guest artists Francesca Dego (violin) and Robert deMaine (principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic), the performance will take place at 8 pm, followed by an encore concert at 3 pm on Sunday, January 17. Tickets are now available.

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