Press Releases

Cabrillo High School Student Wins International Trombone Competition in Spain

September 09, 2015

Cabrillo High musician is a member of the S.B. Youth Symphony 

Santa Barbara, CA — Cabrillo High School senior Connor Rowe recently took top honors in the Gilberto Gagliardi Tenor Trombone Competition in Valencia, Spain. The contest was one of several that took place as part of the 2015 International Trombone Festival held between July 8 and 11 in Valencia. The 17-year-old Lompoc resident was awarded a Schilke large-bore trombone for his winning performance.


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Santa Barbara Symphony Appoints New Executive Director

December 18, 2014

For Immediate Release
Press Contact:  Kelly Kapaun/Juliana Minsky, 805/687-3322

Santa Barbara, CA, December 18, 2014 – After an extensive nationwide search, the Santa Barbara Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of David Pratt as its new Executive Director. Pratt will assume his duties on March 2, 2015. David Pratt, a native of Australia, has over 15 years of successful management experience in leadership roles across the performing arts, film, and entertainment sectors in the United States and Australia. Prior to joining the Santa Barbara Symphony, Pratt acted as Executive Director for the Savannah Philharmonic, where he delivered substantial increases in audience numbers, donations, and corporate support, producing annual surpluses above targets and introducing new and engaging programs and events.

“After a thorough strategic planning and search process, the Santa Barbara Symphony is thrilled to welcome David Pratt as our new Executive Director,” said Arthur Swalley, Santa Barbara Symphony Board President. “We are proud to bring in a great new leader to build on our current artistic and operational excellence. Even more importantly, Mr. Pratt is uniquely qualified to lead the Symphony in our next stages of growth. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Pratt to the Symphony family.”


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Santa Barbara Symphony Appoints Anderson Interim GM

October 15, 2014

The Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Anderson to the post of Interim General Manager. Anderson currently serves as Director of Operations and Artistic Administration for the organization. During the Symphony’s search process for an Executive Director, Anderson will continue in her current position while also taking responsibility for the organization’s day-to-day operations.

“The Santa Barbara Symphony has an outstanding and talented team of professionals in all areas,” said Board President Arthur Swalley. “With Susan’s extensive background and steady leadership, the decision to invite her to lead the team in the interim was an easy one.”


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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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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