Symphony News

Area Children to Perform Free Concert on May 1

April 10, 2017

Featured musicians receive training through the Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center.  

Santa Barbara, CA — Local elementary students in grades four through six will present a free band and string concert at 6 pm on Monday, May 1, in the Marjorie Luke Theatre. The musicians are participants in BRAVO!, an afterschool program that provides hands-on instrument instruction to children ages 9 to 12. The Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center is partnering with the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) to administer the program following its expansion last fall. The May 1 performance will be the final BRAVO! concert of the current school year.


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Celebrated Pianist Lilya Zilberstein to Perform Famed Grieg Piano Concerto with the SB Symphony

March 27, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Internationally renowned pianist Lilya Zilberstein will perform Edvard Grieg’s dramatic and fiercely compelling Piano Concerto in A Minor with the Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor Christian Arming, at the Granada Theatre on April 15 and 16. Also featuring Festina lente by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, as well as Jean Sibelius’ majestic Symphony No. 5, the concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, April 15, and at 3 pm on Sunday, April 16. Tickets are now available.

“We realize we’re stretching boundaries a bit in describing this as a Scandinavian program, as Estonia is usually regarded as a Baltic nation. That said, Arvo Pärt’s beautifully ethereal Festina lente nicely complements the Grieg and Sibelius compositions, and we’re confident audience members will thoroughly enjoy the combination,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin. “Together these three works will make for powerful concert experiences, all the more so given our two wonderful guest artists, Lilya Zilberstein and Christian Arming, both of whom are very much in demand all over the globe.”


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Pamela Johnston Elected to Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors

March 19, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Pamela Johnston, a digital technology executive who has held senior leadership positions at a succession of high-profile firms throughout the United States and abroad, has been elected to the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.

Ms. Johnston simultaneously earned undergraduate degrees in music (oboe performance) and mechanical engineering at the University of Cincinnati before completing an MBA at Harvard Business School. After brief stints as a structural engineer at General Motors and as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group, she was named manager of corporate strategy at Motorola near Chicago, and went on to hold positions with the company in Florida and Hong Kong. She later served as vice president at PulsePoint Communications, Shipper.com, Level 3 Communications, Yahoo, and DIVX. From 2008 to 2011, she served as both general manager and chief operating officer at Recycler.com. Most recently, Ms. Johnston served as senior vice president of client services at CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction). She currently heads her own Santa Barbara-based consulting firm, whose clients have included Lynda.com, Pandora.com, and Blurb.com.  


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KZSB 1290 AM Interview with Violinist Philippe Quint

March 17, 2017


[Noozhawk] Symphony Forecasts Two Sunny ‘Seasons’

March 16, 2017

The Santa Barbara Symphony, conducted by Maestro Nir Kabaretti, plays this month's concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 18, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, in the Granada Theater. Internationally celebrated violinist Philippe Quint will solo in a pair of concerted works.

For reasons which will be immediately made clear, the concerts will bear the motto, "The ‘Seasons’ of Vivaldi and Piazzolla."

The program contains three works:

» The first four concertos from Antonio Vivaldi's Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione (1723), known as "The Four Seasons."

» Astor Piazolla's four-movement quasi violin concerto, The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (1964-1970), arranged for orchestra by Leonid Desyatnikov.

» Franz Josef Haydn's Symphony No. 101 in D-Major, "The Clock" (1793-1794).

Having provided this list, I have just about come to the end of my usefulness. Vivaldi and Haydn do not stand in need of promotion, and possess a luminous transparency that makes a mockery of any scholarly exigesis.


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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony to Present Free Concert on March 5

March 02, 2017

Ensemble’s second outing of the season will take place at the Lobero Theatre and include works by Sibelius, Kabalevsky, Wolf-Ferrari, and others.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, whose accomplished members hail from throughout the region, will present a free concert at the Lobero Theatre on Sunday, March 5. Featuring Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, theme music from the long-running television series Doctor Who, the first movement of Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto in C Major, and the overture from Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret, the performance will begin at 4 pm. The Lobero Theatre is located at 33 East Canon Perdido Street in Santa Barbara.

Consisting of some 80 musicians ages 12 to 18 from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony is the capstone program of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s award-winning Music Education Center, which organizes outreach activities for area children of all ages. The ensemble is led by Music Director Andy Radford, principal bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Symphony, and members are selected through audition. The March 5 performance will feature a solo turn by 16-year-old violinist Francis Pan of Goleta.


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