Santa Barbara Symphony News

Santa Barbara Symphony to Present New Year’s Eve Pops Concert

December 07, 2016

Aerial performance troupe Cirque de la Symphonie will accentuate program of enduring favorites at the Granada Theatre.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor Bob Bernhardt, will usher in the year 2017 with a rousing New Year’s Eve pops concert at the historic Granada Theatre. Featuring an appearance by the spellbinding aerial performance troupe Cirque de la Symphonie, and a program of popular classics mixed with Broadway and film favorites, the performance will begin at 8:30 pm. Tickets are now available.

Musical selections will include themes from Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, and Mission Impossible, as well as beloved works by Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Sousa, Mozart, and Debussy. Santa Barbara Symphony Principal Michelle Temple will be the featured soloist for the first movement of Handel’s Harp Concerto in B-flat.  

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Santa Barbara Symphony Appoints Kevin A. Marvin Executive Director

November 30, 2016

Santa Barbara, CA — Kevin A. Marvin, whose bold administrative reforms have reinvigorated the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, has been named executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. He will succeed David Pratt, who was recently named chief executive of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia. Effective December 1, Mr. Marvin’s appointment caps a national search process that included input from Board members, staff, and Music Director Nir Kabaretti. The Symphony’s Board unanimously approved the appointment on October 26.

“The Symphony is very excited about the result of our robust executive search process. I am convinced that Kevin is the right individual to build on our recent momentum and position the Symphony for even greater success,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Board President Arthur Swalley. “It is remarkable that a city this size would boast so much leadership talent. We are honored to share this connection with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and deeply respect the organization’s family of supporters and its reputation for excellence.”

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[Voice Magazine] Piano Night at the Symphony

November 29, 2016

WHAT A TREAT! Two world-class pianists, one of whom is a Santa Barbara resident, an orchestra that has reached a level of professionalism and ensemble cohesion under conductor Nir Kabaretti that confirms with each concert, its standing as one of the best in the region, and a program of works for pianos and orchestra so interesting, the evening flew by. The piano soloists, our own Natasha Kislenko, and German born Markus Groh, whose career spans the globe, worked together as a superbly blended team for Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat Major, K. 365, and each had opportunity to display their unique pianistic personalities during Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Kislenko) and Tchaikovsky’s monumental Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23 (Groh).

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[Independent] S.B. Symphony Performs with Two Pianists

November 23, 2016

Natasha Kislenko and Markus Groh Join Orchestra for Remarkable Performance

The Santa Barbara Symphony gave a remarkable performance at the Granada last Saturday, playing compositions that featured talented pianists Natasha Kislenko and Markus Groh. The first piece, Manuel de Falla’s dreamy Nights in the Gardens of Spain, showcased Kislenko’s elegant touch, evocative of a summer romance in Andalusia.

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Santa Barbara Symphony & Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts Present PETER AND THE WOLF

November 20, 2016

Storyteller extraordinaire Michael Katz will bring musical tales to life.

Interactive activities for children and families will precede performance.

Ticket prices start at just $10; family 4-packs available for $25.  

The Santa Barbara Symphony, in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (SBCPA), will present a special family performance of Peter and the Wolf, Sergei Prokofiev's enchanting musical tale of adventure and bravery, at 3 pm on Saturday, November 26, in the Granada Theatre. Featuring celebrated storyteller Michael Katz as narrator, the concert will be preceded by interactive musical activities in the Granada lobby organized by the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Symphony's own Music Van, the Santa Barbara Public Library, and MOXI - the Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation. Ticket prices start at $10; family 4-packs are available for $25. Premium seating costs $50.

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[Noozhawk] Symphony Puts Pianos Out Front

November 18, 2016

Under the title, "Favorite Piano Masterpieces," the Santa Barbara Symphony, conducted by Maestro Nir Karbaretti, plays its November concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, both in the Granada Theatre, 1214 State St.

On a slate that features two piano concertos and one quasi, the keyboard soloists will be Markus Groh and local heroine, Natasha Kislenko.

Separately and together, Groh and Kislenko will take the the lead roles (the theatrical term is apt, for once) in Manuel de Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain (1915)"; Wolfgang Mozart's "Concerto No. 10 in Eb-Major for Two Pianos, K.365 (1779)"; and Peter Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No. 1 in bb-minor, Opus 23 (1875)".

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