Press Releases

Blaine Inafuku, formerly of Seattle Symphony, appointed as new Director of Artistic Administration

July 10, 2018

SANTA BARBARA, CA—The Santa Barbara Symphony continues to strengthen the vision and enhance the value of the organization to Santa Barbara residents and visitors. Blaine Inafuku joins the team at the Santa Barbara Symphony as Director of Artistic Administration on July 2, 2018.  Under the leadership of the Symphony’s Artistic and Music Director Nir Kabaretti and the Artistic Advisory Committee, Inafuku will play a key role in the crafting and implementation of the organization’s artistic vision. Inafuku’s primary focus will include curating innovative new artistic programming that meets the needs of the community with critical responsibilities in the planning and administration of the orchestra operations, budget, orchestra personnel, and production management.

Joining the senior management team on July 2, Inafuku comes to the Santa Barbara Symphony with more than 10 years of artistic and operations management experience with some of the industry’s top ensembles, including the Seattle Symphony, the former Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Chicago Symphony. A classically trained percussionist, Inafuku’s extensive knowledge of the classical repertoire will serve Santa Barbara Symphony in bringing creative, meaningful programming to the community. He has a strong background in production planning and internal operations of small and large ensembles and has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Lyric Opera, Seattle Symphony, among others, and abroad with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Blaine earned a Master of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois; a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois; and holds a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida.


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Symphony Celebrates Additional Three-Year Extension with Maestro Kabaretti

May 24, 2018

SANTA BARBARA, CA—Music and Artistic Director Nir Kabaretti has signed a three-year contract extension with the Santa Barbara Symphony, with plans to continue to bring high-quality performances of interest to Santa Barbara audiences. The Board of Directors enthusiastically approved the contract with compliments to Kabaretti and excitement about the current and coming seasons.  

Since 2006, the Santa Barbara community has embraced Nir Kabaretti and has relished his dynamic and innovative style. At the time, more than 300 candidates from around the world expressed interest in the position to lead the Santa Barbara Symphony. Kabaretti was the clear choice due to his vast experience and talent in symphonic and operatic repertoire, and he has most certainly fulfilled the expectations of the Santa Barbara community for the last 12 seasons. 

“We are grateful that our ever-popular and sought-after Maestro will be with us for the next three years. Under his artistic leadership, the orchestra has developed into one of the finest in the region,” said Dr. Don Gilman, President of the Board of Directors.


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Santa Barbara Symphony Welcomes Director of Education and Community Engagement

April 12, 2018

Santa Barbara, CA—The Symphony has filled a key position that links The Symphony’s work and community value to the greater Santa Barbara area. This position provides the oversight and administration of the Music Education Center, including Music Van, Concerts for Young People, elementary school programs, Junior Ensemble, and Youth Symphony.

Loribeth Gregory-Beck is the new Director of Education and Community Engagement, a role she for which she is well suited because of her extensive background both creating and leading music education programs, most recently for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. While at the LA Phil, Loribeth was responsible for leading the Young Composer Programs, including concert & recording production, marketing & communications, program design, assessment, and internal systems development. She managed curriculum, marketing, and front of house for Symphonies for Youth.


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Santa Barbara Symphony to Present Mahler’s Epic Symphony No. 6

April 05, 2018

Performances – the orchestra’s first of Mahler’s poignant masterpiece –will take place April 21 and 22 at the Granada Theatre.  

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will present Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 6 for the first time in its 64-year history on Saturday, April 21, at the Granada Theatre. An encore performance will take place on Sunday, April 22. Presented without intermission, the concerts will start at 8 pm on April 21 and at 3 pm on April 22. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at www.granadasb.org or by calling 805-899-2222.

Occasionally referred to by the sobriquet “Tragic” (an appellation the composer ultimately discarded), Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 is by turns brooding and combative. A reviewer who attended the composition’s 1906 premiere lauded its “nerve-wracking intensity.” The Sixth is renowned for the hammer strokes – or so-called “blows of fate” – that arise at climactic points in the work’s finale.


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Santa Barbara Symphony Announces 65th Anniversary Season

April 03, 2018

Curated by Music Director Nir Kabaretti, the 2018-19 program includes collaborations with State Street Ballet, Ensemble Theatre Company, and other local performers. Season opens October 20.

Santa Barbara, CA — Subscription sales are underway for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 65th anniversary season, which will open October 20 with compelling works by Dohnányi, Gershwin, and Berlioz. The orchestra will present a total of nine deeply satisfying programs at the Granada Theatre over the course of the season, including three non-subscription concerts. Series packages start at $163.

“Our 65th anniversary season is all about underscoring the Santa Barbara Symphony’s role in the community as a musical and cultural cornerstone,” said Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin. “To that end, we’ll offer an extraordinary mix of masterpieces, lesser-known gems, popular favorites, and unique artistic collaborations. Audiences have come to expect adventurous and rewarding programming from the Santa Barbara Symphony. Our 2018-19 season will deliver that in abundance.”


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Acclaimed Pianist Alexander Romanovsky to Perform Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 with SB Symphony

March 01, 2018

Concerts on March 24 and 25 also will feature Britten’s ‘Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’ and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

Santa Barbara, CA — Ukrainian piano virtuoso Alexander Romanovsky, whose extraordinary technique and interpretive acumen have garnered critical plaudits in the United States and Europe, will perform Franz Liszt’s incandescent first piano concerto with the Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, on Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25. Also featuring The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Benjamin Britten’s irresistible, age-defying symphonic tutorial, as well as Tchaikovsky’s spectacular Symphony No. 5, the concerts will take place at 8 pm on March 24 and at 3 pm on March 25 at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at www.granadasb.org or by calling 805-899-2222.


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