Press Releases

S.B. Symphony Subscription Sales Underway

July 15, 2016

Local choruses will unite for a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to open the season October 15.

Santa Barbara, CA — Subscription sales have begun for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2016-17 season, which will open in thrilling fashion October 15 with a performance of Beethoven’s jubilant and inspiring Symphony No. 9 featuring several local choruses and popular soloists at the Granada Theatre. The orchestra will present a total of nine programs over the course of its 64th season, including a pair of non-subscription concerts. Series packages start at $62.

“Next season we highlight our ties to the community and abroad with a series of fantastic collaborations, beginning with the very first concert,” said Symphony General Manager Susan Anderson. “And as audiences have come to expect, our own fabulous musicians will be in exceptionally fine form. Come join us.”

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S.B. Symphony Director David Pratt Named Queensland Symphony Chief Executive

July 07, 2016

Santa Barbara, CA — David Pratt, who spearheaded a remarkable turnaround as executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony, positioning the organization for a new era of fiscal well being, has been appointed chief executive of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia. He will assume his new position in September.

Named executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony in December 2014, Mr. Pratt began serving in his current role the following March. Under his leadership the organization overcame a significant budget shortfall and has posted impressive institutional gains. Annual giving and single-ticket sales are up 12 and 20 percent, respectively, and subscription sales are on the rise.

“David’s organizational talent and energy have had a transformative influence on the Santa Barbara Symphony,” said Board President Arthur Swalley. “In his short time with us, he has refocused our efforts on key strategic metrics, including cost-effective marketing, development processes, financial controls, and expanded education programming. We are grateful for the critical work he has accomplished. Our Symphony is now in excellent shape with great potential moving forward.”

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Free ‘Hands On!’ Music Festival Will Encourage Participants to Explore, Listen, and Play

April 25, 2016

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony invites community members of all ages to experiment with orchestral instruments, dance on a massive keyboard, and enjoy other musical fun at the first-ever “Hands On!” Music Festival, a free celebration in front of the Lobero Theatre on May 22. The event also will include music-oriented crafts with Santa Barbara Museum of Art staff, entertaining musical software, a photo booth, and a short program featuring instrumentalists from the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Junior Orchestra.

Activities will take place from noon to 4 pm, followed by the final concert of the 2015-16 season by the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony in the Lobero Theatre. Admission to the performance also is free.

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Santa Barbara Symphony to Close out Season with Spanish Guitar Great Pablo Sáinz Villegas

April 20, 2016

May 14 and 15 performances will feature concerto by prolific film composer – and one-time local resident – Elmer Bernstein, as well as works by Weber, Bruckner

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will conclude its 2015-16 season with a pair of exhilarating concerts featuring classical guitar virtuoso Pablo Sáinz Villegas at the historic Granada Theatre on May 14 and 15. Mr. Villegas will showcase his charismatic stage presence and formidable technique on Elmer Bernstein’s “superbly crafted and often inspired” (Gramophone) Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra. Also including Weber’s rousing Der Freischütz Overture and Bruckner’s popular “Romantic” Symphony No. 4, the concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, May 14, and at 3 pm on Sunday, May 15. Tickets are now available.

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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.