Santa Barbara Symphony News

[Voice Magazine] Ode to Joy - Following the Ninth with the Maestro

October 07, 2016

Conductor Nir Kabaretti has been following Beethoven's Ninth Symphony all his life, but particularly since conducting the world famous masterpiece in Buenos Aires eight years ago for the first time. The unforgettable message of hope in the last movement, Friedrich Schiller's Ode to Joy, has inspired peoples around the globe with its dynamic incantation, Alle Menschen werden Bruder (All men become brothers) and will again next weekend when a massive chorus serves up the Symphony's first concert pair of the 2016-17 season.

The chorus, made up of the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Quire of Voyces, choirs from Westmonth College, UCSB and San Marcos High School will join the Santa Barbara Symphony and Kabaretti (who will be conducting the work for the fourth time since Buenos Aires) at the Granada Theatre for two performances on Saturday, October 15th at 8pm and Sunday, October 16th at 3pm. Vocal soloists, all well known to the community, will include soprano Jeanine De Bique, mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen, tenor Benjamin Brecher, and bass DeAndre Simmons. The program, whihc will have no intermission, will open with Christopher Rouse's short but ecstatic work for large orchestra, Rapture, composed in 2000.

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Santa Barbara Symphony Launches Communitywide Music Education Programs

October 03, 2016

Orchestra is partnering with three area school districts to provide hundreds of community children with unique instructional opportunities.

Santa Barbara, CA — Further cementing its status as a music education leader in the region, the Santa Barbara Symphony has launched a pair of instructional programs that will collectively serve some 285 area public elementary school students during the current school year. The effort includes an expansion of BRAVO!, the Santa Barbara Unified School District’s (SBUSD) afterschool music education program, as well as a new violin program in the Hope Elementary School District.

“As part of the Symphony’s overall efforts to address a growing need in the community, these new programs are in effect making the case for quality music instruction in our schools, and the message is clearly resonating with parents and educators alike,” said Dr. Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony. “The resulting learning experiences will add immeasurably to students’ development, and are perfectly aligned with the Symphony’s mission to provide the community’s youth with dynamic educational opportunities. We are proud to help families invest in their children’s future through music.”

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Local Choruses to Unite with S.B. Symphony for Monumental Performances of Beethoven’s Ninth

September 15, 2016

Symphony’s season-opening concerts at the Granada Theatre October 15 and 16 will include singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UCSB, Quire of Voyces, and San Marcos High School.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will assemble singers from throughout the region for grandly thrilling performances of Beethoven’s jubilant and inspiring Symphony No. 9 at the Granada Theatre on October 15 and 16. Also featuring Rapture, a shimmering orchestral work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse, the season-opening concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, October 15, and at 3 pm on Sunday, October 16. Tickets are now available.

The performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its rapturous choral setting of Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” will feature singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UCSB, Quire of Voyces, and San Marcos High School, as well as soloists Jeanine De Bique (soprano), Nina Yoshida Nelson (mezzo), Benjamin Brecher (tenor), and DeAndre Simmons (bass).

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Santa Barbara Symphony Single-Ticket Sales Will Begin September 15

September 08, 2016

Maestro Nir Kabaretti has designed nine compelling programs to entertain and inspire, including Vivaldi, a new commission, and scenes from Disney’s ‘Fantasia.’ Symphony will bring together singers from across Santa Barbara to glory in Beethoven’s Ninth to open the season October 15.

Santa Barbara, CA — Single-ticket sales for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s highly anticipated 2016-17 season will begin Thursday, September 15. The orchestra will present a total of nine programs over the course of its 64th season, which opens October 15 with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 featuring singers from throughout the region. All performances will take place at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street in Santa Barbara. Tickets can be purchased through the Granada box office, (805) 899-2222.

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Message from the Interim Executive Director: WELCOME!

September 02, 2016


In my first month leading the Santa Barbara Symphony, I’ve heard this wonderful word almost every day. I’ve been warmly welcomed to the Santa Barbara Symphony family by the small and mighty professional staff, the dedicated Board of Directors, our generous supporters, and fellow arts leaders in town and around the country.

As we prepare for the opening of our 64th season, we’re welcoming new season subscribers, first-time donors, new community partners, volunteers and docents, and all our teachers, mentors and students starting a new school year of Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center activities.

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Santa Barbara Symphony Seeks Co-Investors to Expand Afterschool Music Education Program

August 04, 2016

New partnership with Santa Barbara Unified School District’s BRAVO! program will create more learning opportunities for area elementary students.

The Santa Barbara Symphony is seeking additional funding partners for a proposed expansion of BRAVO!, the Santa Barbara Unified School District’s (SBUSD) afterschool music education program for public elementary students in grades five and six. Under the plan, the Symphony – in a new operational partnership with the SBUSD – will augment district teaching staff and extend the program’s hands-on instrument instruction to fourth-grade students. The Symphony also will assume greater responsibility for administering the program, including managing teaching artists.

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