Santa Barbara Symphony News

Amy Marshall Named Director of Development for the Santa Barbara Symphony

April 25, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Amy Marshall, an arts administration professional with broad experience across a range of performance disciplines, has been named director of development for the Santa Barbara Symphony. Her appointment was effective April 14.  

Ms. Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts at Marquette University before beginning her career at the Florentine Opera Company, also in Milwaukee, serving first as production assistant and later as production director. After being named company manager of the Milwaukee Ballet in 2000, she was rapidly promoted to the positions of operations director and then executive director of that organization. In 2007 she was appointed managing director of the Olney Theatre Center in Olney, Maryland, a position she would hold for seven years. Ms. Marshall most recently served as director of development at Austin Opera, where she successfully managed all fundraising efforts, including working with the Opera Guild’s 250 members.

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Cellist Zuill Bailey to Headline Paris Celebration in Santa Barbara Symphony Season Finale

April 24, 2017

Program includes works by Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Liszt, and Gershwin. Concerts will take place May 13 & 14 at the Granada Theatre.      

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will bring its 2016-17 season to a memorable close with a festive celebration of Paris featuring Grammy Award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey at the Granada Theatre on May 13 and 14. In addition to Saint-Saëns’ dramatic first Cello Concerto, the program will include Mozart’s grandly charming Symphony No. 31 “Paris,” Liszt’s Les preludes, and George Gershwin’s richly evocative An American in Paris. Concert times are 8 pm on Saturday, May 13, and 3 pm on Sunday, May 14. Tickets are now available.

“We are delighted to highlight these four composers’ storied ties to the City of Lights,” said Maestro Kabaretti, now in his 11th season as the Santa Barbara Symphony’s music director. “Soloist Zuill Bailey has had a long, fruitful relationship with the Santa Barbara Symphony, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him on hand for these concerts. A fitting conclusion to a spectacular season!”

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Eleanor Linton Named Donor Services Associate for the Santa Barbara Symphony

April 19, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Eleanor Linton, a professional musician turned fundraising professional, has been appointed donor services associate for the Santa Barbara Symphony. Her new duties commenced April 4.  

Ms. Linton earned a bachelor’s degree in political Science at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and had been serving as a development officer for the Young America’s Foundation at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara. While in college she served as a Student Marketing Fellow at Grove City College’s Center for Vision and Values and as an intern at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. Since 2002 Ms. Linton has appeared professionally as a violinist and violist across the country, performing at such venues as the White House, the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, and the Union League of Philadelphia.

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[Scene Magazine] Scandinavian Orchestral Cuisine, with a Twist

April 14, 2017

This weekend's Santa Barbara Sympohny program features the Scandinavian fare of Norwegian composer Grieg's Piano Concerto, played by Russian-born pianist Lilya Zilberstein

Estonia, once a northwesterly corner of the Soviet Union, is just a short boat trip across the Baltic Sea from Finland, which is two geographical Scandinavian "fingers" of land from Norway. This northern corridor, and its classical music riches, defines the agenda for the mostly Nordic program for this weekend's Santa Barbara Symphony concert, a mostly Scandinavian musical menu equipped with some intriguing points of reference and commonality--musically, geographically and otherwise.

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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,, Level 3 Communications, Yahoo, and DIVX. From 2008 to 2011, she served as both general manager and chief operating officer at 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,, and  

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