Symphony News

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 christine@thesymphony.org.


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Season Opener is the “Perfect Introduction to Classical Music” with Superstar Chopin Pianist

September 25, 2014

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

“Fliter plays with such grace and heartfelt sincerity... if an artist cannot engage your emotions in the oft-recorded, oft-heard music then they might as well go away and breed chickens. Fliter, by whatever magical means, touches the heart.” – Gramophone

Santa Barbara, CA, September 25, 2014 – Maestro Nir Kabaretti leads the Santa Barbara Symphony and special guest artist Ingrid Fliter in the powerful introduction to the 2014-2015 Season, designed to reconnect the classics to people who love music. The Season opens with possibly the perfect introduction to classical music, including Rachmaninoff and Chopin – both works that are easily accessible to new audiences. The “Rachmaninoff and Chopin” concerts will be held in The Granada Theatre on Saturday, October 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 19 at 3 p.m.


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Ralphs Community Contributions Program

August 18, 2014

If you shop at Ralphs, here's your opportunity to support the Santa Barbara Symphony through the Ralph's Community Contributions Program.

When you shop at Ralphs and swipe your Ralphs card, a percentage of your purchase is donated to the Symphony!

How to Enroll

IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED YOUR REWARDS CARD ONLINE

1.      Log in to www.ralphs.com

2.      Click on ‘Create an Account’

3.      Follow the 5 easy steps to create an online account

4.      You will be instructed to go to your email inbox to confirm your account

5.      After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your email, return to www.ralphs.com and click on ‘my account’ (you may have to sign in again first).

6.      View all your information and edit as necessary

7.      Link your card to your organization by clicking on:

a. Community Rewards

b. Edit my community contribution and follow the instructions

c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name

IF YOU ARE ALREADY AN ONLINE CUSTOMER

1.      Log in to www.ralphs.com

2.      Click Sign In

3.      Enter your email address and password

4.      Click on ‘My Account’ (In the top right hand corner)

5.      Click on Account Settings

6.      View all your information and edit as necessary

7.      Link your card to your organization by clicking on:

a. Community Rewards

b. Edit my community contribution and follow the instructions

c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name


Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director David Grossman Submits Resignation

August 08, 2014

David Grossman, executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association, has announced his decision to resign from his position effective Oct. 31 to pursue new professional opportunities.

The Board of Directors supports Grossman in his decision to end his 3½-year tenure and thanks him for his dedicated service to the symphony.

The symphony board and its Executive Committee are working with Grossman to execute a well-thought-out leadership transition. The process will allow a broad executive search, which will put a leader in place to continue implementing the objectives of the symphony’s Strategic Plan.

Among these are maintaining and growing the symphony’s excellent artistic product led by our beloved music and artistic director, Nir Kabaretti; nurturing our unique Education Center, which actively involves over 4,000 children continuously throughout the school year; and building a strong Board of Directors and staff to ensure the symphony’s operational excellence and financial sustainability.

The Board of Directors recognizes and highly values the integrity, professionalism and dedication that Grossman brought to the symphony during his tenure. The Santa Barbara Symphony wishes Grossman continued success in all of his future endeavors.