Symphony News

Board Announcement: 2013-2014 Board Officers

June 12, 2013

The Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association is pleased to announce the election of Paksy Plackis-Cheng as President of the Board for the 2013-2014 season.

The Symphony’s elected officers also include: Stefan Riesenfeld, Immediate Past President; Arthur Swalley, Vice President; David Chernof, M.D., Secretary; Brett Moore, Treasurer; Karen Kerns, Counsel; Susan Spector, Development Chair. The Executive Committee will be formed by the elected officers, Gene Sinser and Peter Schlueer, Members-at-Large. In addition, Ex-Officio Member, David Grossman, Executive Director and Ex-Officio Member, Maestro Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director.


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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Salutes Silver Screen

May 10, 2013

By Gerald Carpenter, Noozhawk Contributing Writer
The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony will hold its final concert of the 2012-13 season at the unusual time of 7:30 p.m., on the unusual day of Friday and in the somewhat unusual venue of First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave.

The young musicians will be led by their music director, Andy Radford, and the featured soloist will be Dos Pueblos High School senior and cellist Laura Baldwin.

The program is bound to please. We’ll hear Franz Joseph Haydn’s Concerto No. 1 in C-Major for Cello and Orchestra, Hob. VIIb/1; two selections from the film scores of John Williams (the main theme from The Empire Strikes Back and the “March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark); and carrying on the theme of movie music, the Symmphonic Suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s score for the now-forgotten Soviet film Lieutenant Kijé (1934).


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Painting the Seasons with the Santa Barbara Symphony

May 03, 2013

This past April’s concerts featuring the live work of Scenic Artist Jett Green were a memorable and much celebrated experience. Ms. Green’s works came to life before our eyes and were met with instant acclaim by those in attendance.


[Music! Sounds of Santa Barbara] Nir Kabaretti – A Grand Finale for Season 60

May 01, 2013

By Brett Leigh Dicks, Music! Sounds of Santa Barbara

When the Santa Barbara Symphony closes out its 60th season this month, with two performances at the Granada Theater on May 18th and 19th, it will do so in grand style. In performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” as its final presentation, the program will afford its esteemed conductor, Nir Kabaretti, the opportunity to highlight his command of both symphonic and operatic repertoires. Mr. Kabaretti joined the Santa Barbara Symphony in 2006 as the orchestra’s Musical Director and two years later also assumed the role of Artistic Director since which he has infused the orchestra with a vibrancy second to none. Born in Israel, Kabaretti began piano lessons at the age of six and later studied piano and conducting at The Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. He continued his education at the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Upon his graduation in 1995, Kabaretti began working as coach and chorus master at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He served as personal assistant to Zubin Mehta for a period, who subsequently lauded him as “a conductor with immense musicality and warm personality.” Over the years Kabaretti has collaborated with the likes of Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman and Salvatore Licitra. Never one to rest of his laurels, when the current season of the Santa Barbara Symphony wraps up, he heads to Switzerland for the Festival d’Opéra Avenches, before turning his attention to the next season in Santa Barbara which gets underway in September. At some point, he may even be afforded the opportunity to catch his breath.


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[News-Press] Pictures at a symphonic exhibition

April 22, 2013

By Josef Woodard, News-Press Correspondent

In the continuing saga of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 60th anniversary season, last weekend at The Granada, the April symphonic showers brought on at least a couple of deviations from norms and expectations. For one, music director Nir Kabaretti was taking the month off, passing the baton to the very fine Hungarian-born guest conductor Gregory Vajda. He presided sturdily over a program all about “seasons” — Vivaldi’s evergreen crowd-pleaser “The Four Seasons” and Alexander Glazunov’s palatably pictorial lark, “The Seasons,” also a four-part calendar soundtrack.

On the subject of pictorialism in the concert hall, the larger quirk of this stop on the concert program calendar was the literal “action painting” sideshow. During the Glazunov piece, veteran Hollywood scenic and matte painter Jett Green took on the brave, stunt-like task of rapidly creating four separate loose, broad-stroked landscape paintings, live and onstage, under duress and a strict deadline (or deadlines — four of them within an hour’s time).


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[Scene Magazine] Seasonal Work

April 12, 2013

This weekend’s Santa Barbara Symphony concert is all about ‘Seasons’

By Josef Woodard, News-Press Correspondent

As the Santa Barbara Symphony continues on the path of its celebratory 60th anniversary season this weekend at The Granada, the “seasonal” theme runs hot. Vivaldi’s ever-popular set of “The Four Seasons” concertos is in the center ring, with young violinist Nigel Armstrong taking the dramatic soloist role.

Off to the side of expected fare, we’ll experience Russian composer Alexander Glazunov’s 1899 piece “The Seasons,” with the extra-musical touch of a live, onstage painting interpretation by Jett Green. Ms. Green’s resume leans heavy on Hollywood connections, and on matte paintings and effects wizardry through her work with Industrial Light and Magic and Dreamworks. This weekend, to the tune of Glazunov, she will create paintings anew onstage, projected behind the orchestra.


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