Santa Barbara Symphony News

[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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Ralphs Community Contributions Program

August 18, 2014

If you shop at Ralphs, here's your opportunity to support the Santa Barbara Symphony through the Ralph's Community Contributions Program.

When you shop at Ralphs and swipe your Ralphs card, a percentage of your purchase is donated to the Symphony!

How to Enroll


1.      Log in to

2.      Click on ‘Create an Account’

3.      Follow the 5 easy steps to create an online account

4.      You will be instructed to go to your email inbox to confirm your account

5.      After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your email, return to and click on ‘my account’ (you may have to sign in again first).

6.      View all your information and edit as necessary

7.      Link your card to your organization by clicking on:

a. Community Rewards

b. Edit my community contribution and follow the instructions

c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name


1.      Log in to

2.      Click Sign In

3.      Enter your email address and password

4.      Click on ‘My Account’ (In the top right hand corner)

5.      Click on Account Settings

6.      View all your information and edit as necessary

7.      Link your card to your organization by clicking on:

a. Community Rewards

b. Edit my community contribution and follow the instructions

c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name

Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director David Grossman Submits Resignation

August 08, 2014

David Grossman, executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association, has announced his decision to resign from his position effective Oct. 31 to pursue new professional opportunities.

The Board of Directors supports Grossman in his decision to end his 3½-year tenure and thanks him for his dedicated service to the symphony.

The symphony board and its Executive Committee are working with Grossman to execute a well-thought-out leadership transition. The process will allow a broad executive search, which will put a leader in place to continue implementing the objectives of the symphony’s Strategic Plan.

Among these are maintaining and growing the symphony’s excellent artistic product led by our beloved music and artistic director, Nir Kabaretti; nurturing our unique Education Center, which actively involves over 4,000 children continuously throughout the school year; and building a strong Board of Directors and staff to ensure the symphony’s operational excellence and financial sustainability.

The Board of Directors recognizes and highly values the integrity, professionalism and dedication that Grossman brought to the symphony during his tenure. The Santa Barbara Symphony wishes Grossman continued success in all of his future endeavors.

Santa Barbara Symphony Announces Election of New President, Board

July 16, 2014

The Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association is pleased to announce the election of Arthur Swalley as president of the Board of Directors for the 2014-15 season.

The symphony’s elected officers include David Chernof, vice president; Brett Moore, treasurer; Fred Wudl, secretary; Karen Kerns, counsel; and Susan Spector, development.

Endeavoring to make classical music both accessible and exceptional, Music Director Nir Kabaretti and the Santa Barbara Symphony have enjoyed a prolonged period of successful growth, raising the bar both in terms of the quality of performances and its mission to continue being an indispensable part of the community.

“I am honored to assume the board presidency, and the timing couldn’t be better,” Swalley said. “A quick glance at our website shows that our 2014-15 season is one of the most innovative and exciting in many years. I look forward to working with Maestro Nir Kabaretti and our many collaborative partners to continue raising the level of the classical music experience in Santa Barbara.”

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[Casa Magazine] Santa Barbara Symphony Season Finale Glorious & Bittersweet

May 23, 2014

Conductor Nir Kabaretti led one of the most satisfying concert pairs of the year last weekend, as the Santa Barbara Symphony wound down its 2013-2014 season in grand, if bittersweet style. Bittersweet, because so much change is in the works, and glorious, because the orchestra's performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, especially at Sundays' concert, gave notice that the ensemble is entering a new level of regional professionalism.

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