Symphony News

Beethoven’s Triple Press Release

January 30, 2019

The Santa Barbara Symphony Sets the Stage for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

Continuing its 65th Anniversary season, the Symphony presents a triad of works including Schwantner’s Chasing Light, Beethoven’s Triple, and Schuman’s Symphony No. 3

This February, The Santa Barbara Symphony continues their 65th Anniversary season with a performance of Beethoven’s Triple, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, on Saturday, February 16 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, February 17 at 3:00 pm at The Granada Theatre.

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Pictures at an Exhibition - Film Preview

January 10, 2019

Take a glance at the preview of the film that will be playing alongside the Symphony on January 19 & 20.
Don't miss out on your opporunity to see this animated film in full, get your tickets today!

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Behind the music with Nir Kabaretti

January 04, 2019

Maestro Nir Kabaretti take you behind the music for our upcoming concert, Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Best of Santa Barabara

November 07, 2018

Thank you for voting! 

We are extremely proud to have been one of the winners of Best of Santa Barbara 2018!

We appreciate your continued support of our world-class symphony and look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming performances!

Santa Barbara Symphony Kicks Off 65th Anniversary Season with The Symphony Ball

July 24, 2018

Anne Smith Towbes and Janet Garufis, Santa Barbara, CA— To celebrate its 65th anniversary, the Santa Barbara Symphony will host The Symphony Ball, on Friday, October 19 at the Hilton Beachfront Resort, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction.  

“Let us take you back to the era of “Supper Clubs” with Broadway star and host Lisa Vroman, Maestro Nir Kabaretti and members of the Santa Barbara Symphony as we kick off the 65th Anniversary Season with an evening filled with music, dancing, and culinary experiences,” said Kevin Marvin, executive director. 

Long-time Symphony patrons, new classical music lovers, and all community members are welcome and encouraged to join the anniversary celebration. As guests arrive, the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony will welcome them, followed by dinner and dancing under the stars in the hotel’s Plaza del Sol. Unique items will be included in both the silent and live auctions, including a trip to Israel to attend a Music Festival led by Maestro Nir Kabaretti. 

The Honorary Ball Committee, led by Anne Smith Towbes and Janet Garufis, includes Dan and Meg Burnham, Brooks and Kate Firestone, Patricia Gregory, Joan and Geoff Rutkowski, Gillian Launie, Ed and Sue Birch, Elizabeth Gabler, Susan Worster, and Hiroko Benko. The Symphony Ball is sponsored by Robert C. Dohmen, Dan and Meg Burnham, Brooks and Kate Firestone, Patricia Gregory for the Baker Foundation, Montecito Bank & Trust, Rick and Regina Roney, and Bryant & Sons, Ltd. More sponsors will be announced in mid-August. 

The Santa Barbara Symphony was established in 1953 to bring live classical music performances to the region. Today, under the leadership of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, concerts are performed and produced flawlessly. The Santa Barbara community will continue to see the benefits of the creative Symphony programing, a strong presence in the community and in the schools, and the talents of the musicians.

The 2018-2019 season opens in October with The Symphony Ball on Friday, October 19, and performances of “Rhapsody in Blue” on Saturday and Sunday October 20-21. Subscriptions to the 65th anniversary season are available and provide the best seats at the best price. Purchase tickets to The Symphony Ball and the upcoming season online 24/7 at or by phone at 805.898.9386. 

Pictured:  Honorary Committee Co-Chairs Anne Smith Towbes and Janet Garufis.

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Kate Kurlas to Lead Santa Barbara Symphony Marketing and Sales Team as Vice President of Marketing

July 18, 2018

Santa Barbara, CA— Kate Kurlas, an award-winning executive with more than a decade of marketing, sales and operations experience will join the Santa Barbara Symphony and lead the marketing and sales team and strategic revenue initiatives. 

“Not only is Kate a local Santa Barbaran who knows the community and culture, she is an expert in target marketing and brand positioning which will greatly benefit the Symphony organization and our audiences,” said Kevin Marvin, executive director. “As a leader, I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a solid group of highly-experienced and creative management team members and to work side-by-side to implement the new strategic vision for the community. In August, Kate joins the Santa Barbara Symphony as a key member of this special team and I look forward to accomplishing great things together.” 

Prior to joining the Symphony, Kate worked at The Granada Theatre in various leadership roles. Most recently, she was director of marketing and sales and previously as director of operations. She is a graduate of UCSB where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, and an associate’s degree in commercial arts from Santa Barbara City College. She is in the current class of Emerging Leaders, a leadership program through Leading From Within to empower and elevate the next generation of nonprofit leaders. She dedicates her volunteer time to Santa Barbara Beautiful as the 2nd vice president on the board of directors.

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