Symphony News

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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Santa Barbara Symphony Appoints Anderson Interim GM

October 15, 2014

The Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Anderson to the post of Interim General Manager. Anderson currently serves as Director of Operations and Artistic Administration for the organization. During the Symphony’s search process for an Executive Director, Anderson will continue in her current position while also taking responsibility for the organization’s day-to-day operations.

“The Santa Barbara Symphony has an outstanding and talented team of professionals in all areas,” said Board President Arthur Swalley. “With Susan’s extensive background and steady leadership, the decision to invite her to lead the team in the interim was an easy one.”

Amadeus: Live in Concert

October 09, 2014

Join Ensemble Theatre Company and the Santa Barbara Symphony for an evening of music and theater in honor of Léni Fé Bland.

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Tickets to performance start at $175. VIP Sponsorships available. Please contact Christine Hollinger at 805-898-0316 or

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