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 www.ralphs.com

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 www.ralphs.com 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 www.ralphs.com

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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[Montecito Journal] Montecito Miscellany: Sara Sizzles

May 22, 2014

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Santa Barbara Symphony’s Maestro Nir Kabaretti to also Lead Southwest Florida Symphony

May 21, 2014

Kabaretti to continue as Music and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony

Santa Barbara, CA, May 21, 2014 – The Santa Barbara Symphony is proud to announce that Maestro Nir Kabaretti has been chosen by the Southwest Florida Symphony to lead its orchestra. Kabaretti will continue to serve as the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music and Artistic Director.

After an extensive international search, the Southwest Florida Symphony chose five finalists, including Kabaretti, for the position of Music Director and Conductor. Maestro Kabaretti was ultimately chosen through polling the Southwest Florida Symphony’s musicians, through audience polls and recommendations made by the selection committee and Symphony administrative staff. The Southwest Florida Symphony feels strongly that the organization will benefit from Maestro Kabaretti’s international and regional orchestra experience, forward thinking and strong artistic leadership.

“As Maestro Kabaretti’s star continues to rise, we’re proud that he continues to call the Santa Barbara Symphony home” said David Grossman, Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director. “Now with his second Music Directorship, we can look forward to Maestro Kabaretti’s more frequent presence with us here in the United States.”

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