Santa Barbara Symphony News

Santa Barbara Symphony to Present Concerts for Young People on January 26 & 27

January 20, 2017

Free symphonic performances at the Granada Theatre will introduce area children to the wonders of orchestral music.

Santa Barbara, CA — In response to growing demand, the Santa Barbara Symphony will present four Concerts for Young People over two days at the Granada Theatre – a twofold increase over last year. Performances will take place at 10 and 11:30 am on Thursday, January 26, and Friday, January 27. Now in its sixth decade, the Concerts for Young People program is designed to introduce area fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders to the wonders of orchestral music through live interactive, kid-friendly symphonic performances and demonstrations. Attendance is free for students and teachers. A list of participating Santa Barbara Unified School District schools appears below.

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Don Gilman Named Vice President of Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors

January 17, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Don Gilman, an internationally recognized author, speaker, trainer, and executive coach, has been elected vice president of the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors. His appointment was effective January 1. 

Dr. Gilman, who was named to a three-year term on the Symphony Board last spring, currently serves as executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of Critical Thinking and as a senior faculty member at the American Management Association. He also heads Gilman Consulting Group, which specializes in executive coaching for leaders of high-tech companies. Previously, he served as director of strategic marketing at a division of Bosch, including more than two years at the firm’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, and held various management positions at Vetronix, Litton Guidance and Control Systems, and Delco Systems Operations. A Santa Barbara native and an alumnus of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, Dr. Gilman holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Westmont College, a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from UC Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in engineering management from West Coast University in Los Angeles, and a doctorate in organization change from Pepperdine University. His most recent book, Outsmarting V.U.C.A., will be published next month. He is currently a board member for the Foundation for Girsh Park, the Coastal Housing Coalition, and the Institute of Management Consultants. Dr. Gilman chairs the Governance Committee for the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.

“We are very excited and fortunate to welcome Don as our Board vice president. His leadership experience and deep ties to our community have led to him playing a key role on the Board, and will help propel the organization forward in the years ahead,” said Symphony Board President Arthur Swalley.

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s 64th season is underway. Complete program information is available online at

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the Santa Barbara Symphony

January 09, 2017

Orchestra to perform live accompaniment for Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ at the Granada Theatre on January 28 and 29. Concerts also will feature Hindemith’s crowd-pleasing ‘Symphonic Metamorphosis.’ David Lockington will conduct.    

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor David Lockington, will provide stirring orchestral accompaniment to screened excerpts from Disney’s beloved Fantasia films at the Granada Theatre on January 28 and 29. Also featuring Hindemith’s richly colorful Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber as well as Maestro Lockington’s own Ceremonial Fantasy Fanfare, the performances will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, January 28, and at 3 pm on Sunday, January 29. Tickets are now available.

High-definition footage from both the original Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia 2000 will be shown. Accompanying repertoire will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 (with Donald Duck), and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (starring Mickey Mouse).          

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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Fall 2016 Concert Video

January 02, 2017

The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony in concert on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Lobero Theatre

Andy Radford, Music Director
Holly Radford, Violin

[Noozhawk] Symphony Offers Mellow Alternative for New Year’s Eve

December 29, 2016

Once again, the choice is ours: We can head straight to the nearest traditional New Year's Eve party — traditionally loud, gin-soaked, and frantic — or we can take a more circuitous and leisurely trip toward midnight aboard the Santa Barbara Symphony's annual New Year’s Eve Pops Concert.

Starting at 8:30 p.m., this year as every year, the two-hour program, in the Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., generally finishes around 10:30 p.m. — plenty of time for us to rush out to a wild party and make fools of ourselves.

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Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center Overview

December 20, 2016

Video produced by the Santa Barbara Bowl and Cox Communications