Santa Barbara Symphony News

[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony to Open New Season with Weekend Concerts

October 20, 2014

The Santa Barbara Symphony, conducted by Nir Kabaretti, opens its 2014-15 season with a veritable flood of romantic music, in concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Granada Theatre.

The guest artist for these concerts will be the sensational young Argentinean pianist Ingrid Fliter.

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[Scene Magazine] Taking Chopin mountain, for starters

October 17, 2014

Argentina-born pianist Ingrid Fliter opens the Santa Barbara Symphony Season with a Chopin solo and more

In the summer of 2012, one of many bold impressions made under the auspices of the Music Academy of the West's musical thicket was a recital by the highly regarded pianist Ingrid Fliter, who made beautiful and ruggedly disciplined music of a program highlighted by Chopin (a specialty of hers) and Beethoven. This weekend at the Granada, local audiences will get a chance to observe the Argentina-born and NYC/Milan-based pianist in another perspective, when she takes on Chopin's Piano Concerto #2, in the opening concert of the new Santa Barbara Symphony Season.

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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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[Music! Sounds of Santa Barbara] Interview with Ingrid Fliter

September 30, 2014

By Brett Leigh Dicks, Music! Santa Barbara

Born in Buenos Aires, Ingrid Fliter began her piano studies in Argentina with Elizabeth Westerkamp. The burgeoning pianist made her first public appearance at age 11 and her concerto debut at the Teatro Colon at 16. In 1992 she moved to Europe where she continued her studies at the Freiburg Musikhochschule with Vitaly Margulis, before heading to Rome to work with Carlo Bruno and Franco Scala and Boris Petrushansky at the Academy "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola. The turning point in her career came in 2006 when she was awarded the Gilmore Artist Award. The prestigious award is presented to exceptional pianists who, regardless of age or nationality, possess a profound musicianship and charisma and sustain a career as a major international concert artist. Fliter has certainly done that. She has established a reputation as one of the pre-eminent interpreters of Chopin, with her two all-Chopin recordings released through EMI Classics being a stirring testament to that. This month she furthers that claim still when she joins Nir Kabaretti and the Santa Barbara Symphony on October 18th and 19th for two performances of Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Granada Theatre.

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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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