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, Shipper.com, Level 3 Communications, Yahoo, and DIVX. From 2008 to 2011, she served as both general manager and chief operating officer at Recycler.com. 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 Lynda.com, Pandora.com, and Blurb.com.  


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KZSB 1290 AM Interview with Violinist Philippe Quint

March 17, 2017


[Noozhawk] Symphony Forecasts Two Sunny ‘Seasons’

March 16, 2017

The Santa Barbara Symphony, conducted by Maestro Nir Kabaretti, plays this month's concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 18, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, in the Granada Theater. Internationally celebrated violinist Philippe Quint will solo in a pair of concerted works.

For reasons which will be immediately made clear, the concerts will bear the motto, "The ‘Seasons’ of Vivaldi and Piazzolla."

The program contains three works:

» The first four concertos from Antonio Vivaldi's Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione (1723), known as "The Four Seasons."

» Astor Piazolla's four-movement quasi violin concerto, The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (1964-1970), arranged for orchestra by Leonid Desyatnikov.

» Franz Josef Haydn's Symphony No. 101 in D-Major, "The Clock" (1793-1794).

Having provided this list, I have just about come to the end of my usefulness. Vivaldi and Haydn do not stand in need of promotion, and possess a luminous transparency that makes a mockery of any scholarly exigesis.


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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony to Present Free Concert on March 5

March 02, 2017

Ensemble’s second outing of the season will take place at the Lobero Theatre and include works by Sibelius, Kabalevsky, Wolf-Ferrari, and others.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, whose accomplished members hail from throughout the region, will present a free concert at the Lobero Theatre on Sunday, March 5. Featuring Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, theme music from the long-running television series Doctor Who, the first movement of Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto in C Major, and the overture from Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret, the performance will begin at 4 pm. The Lobero Theatre is located at 33 East Canon Perdido Street in Santa Barbara.

Consisting of some 80 musicians ages 12 to 18 from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony is the capstone program of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s award-winning Music Education Center, which organizes outreach activities for area children of all ages. The ensemble is led by Music Director Andy Radford, principal bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Symphony, and members are selected through audition. The March 5 performance will feature a solo turn by 16-year-old violinist Francis Pan of Goleta.


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Acclaimed Violinist Philippe Quint to Perform the ‘Seasons’ of Vivaldi & Piazzolla with SB Symphony

February 24, 2017

Orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ and Piazzolla’s ‘The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’ in their entirety March 18 & 19. Concerts also will feature Haydn’s thrilling Symphony No. 101.     

Santa Barbara, CA — Russian-born violin virtuoso Philippe Quint – lauded for his “fervidly expressive” playing (San Francisco Chronicle) and “bravura technique” (The Times of London) – will showcase his formidable endurance in performances of Antonio Vivaldi’s timeless The Four Seasons and Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango masterpiece The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with the Santa Barbara Symphony on March 18 and 19. Conducted by Maestro Nir Kabaretti, and including Haydn’s dramatic Symphony No. 101 (“The Clock”), the concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, March 18, and at 3 pm on Sunday, March 19, in Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre. Tickets are now available.


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[Independent] Schubert, Copland, and a New Clarinet Concerto on Sunday, February 12

February 17, 2017

This thoroughly satisfying program revealed the Santa Barbara Symphony at its strongest, offering both refined, powerful renditions of two important works from the standard repertoire and a West Coast premiere of a sparkling new concerto for clarinet by composer Jonathan Leshnoff, a favorite of maestro Nir Kabaretti’s. The opener, the Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 (“Unfinished”) by Franz Schubert, contains some of the most masterful writing in the history of orchestral composition. Even without a full complement of four movements, Schubert’s “Unfinished” makes a bold and paradoxically complete statement. Kabaretti coaxed a relaxed yet deliberate performance from his musicians, and the second movement, in particular, flowed with an inexorable momentum that showed what Schubert was capable of adding to the legacy of Beethoven.


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