Symphony News

Students Take Musical Journey Through Santa Barbara Symphony’s Concerts for Young People

January 21, 2015

Last Thursday, nearly 2,600 elementary school students from all over Santa Barbara County took a musical journey with the Santa Barbara Symphony as a part of its Concerts for Young People.

Guest conductor Dirk Brossé and guest trumpet soloist Jon Lewis explored the influential role of the trumpet on many genres of music, including jazz, mariachi, liturgical and symphonic.

Students traveled through the history of music in a live performance conducted by Brossé. The two one-hour concerts were provided free by prior arrangement and were performed at the Granada Theatre.

For over 50 years the Santa Barbara Symphony has been introducing fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders to the wonders of the orchestra through Concerts for Young People. This program is child-friendly and allows for interaction between students and the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra. Concerts for Young People are free to both students and teachers.

For more information or to help support the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music Education programs, click here or call Amy Williams at 805.898.8785.


Santa Barbara Symphony Names New Concertmaster

January 09, 2015

The Santa Barbara Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of American violinist Jessica Guideri as its new concertmaster.

She will make her debut at the “Chaplin: ‘City Lights’” concerts, co-presented with UCSB Arts & Lectures, at the Granada Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18.

“After a thorough search, the Santa Barbara Symphony is thrilled to welcome violinist Jessica Guideri as our new concertmaster,” Music Director Nir Kabaretti said. “We are excited to work with such an accomplished musician who will assist in leading the orchestra.”


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Santa Barbara Symphony Appoints New Executive Director

December 18, 2014

For Immediate Release
Press Contact:  Kelly Kapaun/Juliana Minsky, 805/687-3322

Santa Barbara, CA, December 18, 2014 – After an extensive nationwide search, the Santa Barbara Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of David Pratt as its new Executive Director. Pratt will assume his duties on March 2, 2015. David Pratt, a native of Australia, has over 15 years of successful management experience in leadership roles across the performing arts, film, and entertainment sectors in the United States and Australia. Prior to joining the Santa Barbara Symphony, Pratt acted as Executive Director for the Savannah Philharmonic, where he delivered substantial increases in audience numbers, donations, and corporate support, producing annual surpluses above targets and introducing new and engaging programs and events.

“After a thorough strategic planning and search process, the Santa Barbara Symphony is thrilled to welcome David Pratt as our new Executive Director,” said Arthur Swalley, Santa Barbara Symphony Board President. “We are proud to bring in a great new leader to build on our current artistic and operational excellence. Even more importantly, Mr. Pratt is uniquely qualified to lead the Symphony in our next stages of growth. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Pratt to the Symphony family.”


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Santa Barbara Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Pops Concert — From Broadway to Hollywood

December 09, 2014

Ring in 2015 with the Santa Barbara Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Pops Concert!

On Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Granada Theatre, the symphony presents special guest conductor Robert Bernhardt. Back by popular demand, Bernhardt will conduct an array of favorites from Broadway, Hollywood and much more.

Bernhardt is in his 33rd season as the principal pops director of the Louisville Orchestra, music director emeritus of the Chattanooga Symphony and a favorite at the Boston Pops — America’s premier Pops orchestra. Party hats and noisemakers will be available for all.


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Thanks for coming out to 1st Thursday: After Hours!

December 05, 2014

We had so much fun at the Downtown Organization's 1st Thursday: After Hours event hosted by the Granada Theatre this month. Our award-winning Music Van was there for everyone to try out various orchestral instruments, and it was a huge hit! We even had a spontaneous jam session!

Thanks everyone for coming out and making some music with us!


Discover the Life of Beethoven

November 04, 2014

Maestro Nir Kabaretti leads the Santa Barbara Symphony and special guest artist Caroline Goulding through the life of Ludwig Van Beethoven, from his early days as a student studying with Haydn, through one of his greatest masterpieces, the Violin Concerto, in the November concert.

“Beethoven: Student to Master” will be held in The Granada Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16.

Kabaretti will guide us on a journey from the work that inspired Beethoven through some of his most influential and popular works. Kabaretti opens with Haydn’s Overture to Armida, followed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, and finally, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, which rounds out the evening with one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire.

“In this concert we will explore the life and inspiration behind some of Beethoven’s most notable pieces,” Kabaretti said. “Young violinist Caroline Goulding will breathe life into one of Beethoven’s greatest masterpieces, the Violin Concerto.”


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