Symphony News

Local Choruses to Unite with S.B. Symphony for Monumental Performances of Beethoven’s Ninth

September 15, 2016

Symphony’s season-opening concerts at the Granada Theatre October 15 and 16 will include singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UCSB, Quire of Voyces, and San Marcos High School.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will assemble singers from throughout the region for grandly thrilling performances of Beethoven’s jubilant and inspiring Symphony No. 9 at the Granada Theatre on October 15 and 16. Also featuring Rapture, a shimmering orchestral work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse, the season-opening concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, October 15, and at 3 pm on Sunday, October 16. Tickets are now available.

The performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its rapturous choral setting of Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” will feature singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UCSB, Quire of Voyces, and San Marcos High School, as well as soloists Jeanine De Bique (soprano), Nina Yoshida Nelson (mezzo), Benjamin Brecher (tenor), and DeAndre Simmons (bass).

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Santa Barbara Symphony Single-Ticket Sales Will Begin September 15

September 08, 2016

Maestro Nir Kabaretti has designed nine compelling programs to entertain and inspire, including Vivaldi, a new commission, and scenes from Disney’s ‘Fantasia.’ Symphony will bring together singers from across Santa Barbara to glory in Beethoven’s Ninth to open the season October 15.

Santa Barbara, CA — Single-ticket sales for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s highly anticipated 2016-17 season will begin Thursday, September 15. The orchestra will present a total of nine programs over the course of its 64th season, which opens October 15 with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 featuring singers from throughout the region. All performances will take place at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street in Santa Barbara. Tickets can be purchased through the Granada box office, (805) 899-2222.

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Message from the Interim Executive Director: WELCOME!

September 02, 2016


In my first month leading the Santa Barbara Symphony, I’ve heard this wonderful word almost every day. I’ve been warmly welcomed to the Santa Barbara Symphony family by the small and mighty professional staff, the dedicated Board of Directors, our generous supporters, and fellow arts leaders in town and around the country.

As we prepare for the opening of our 64th season, we’re welcoming new season subscribers, first-time donors, new community partners, volunteers and docents, and all our teachers, mentors and students starting a new school year of Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center activities.

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Santa Barbara Symphony Seeks Co-Investors to Expand Afterschool Music Education Program

August 04, 2016

New partnership with Santa Barbara Unified School District’s BRAVO! program will create more learning opportunities for area elementary students.

The Santa Barbara Symphony is seeking additional funding partners for a proposed expansion of BRAVO!, the Santa Barbara Unified School District’s (SBUSD) afterschool music education program for public elementary students in grades five and six. Under the plan, the Symphony – in a new operational partnership with the SBUSD – will augment district teaching staff and extend the program’s hands-on instrument instruction to fourth-grade students. The Symphony also will assume greater responsibility for administering the program, including managing teaching artists.

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Kathryn Martin Named Interim Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony

July 26, 2016

Santa Barbara, CA — Kathryn R. Martin, an interim leadership and transition specialist with more than 25 years’ experience counseling and managing arts and cultural organizations nationwide, has been named interim executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. She will replace David Pratt, who was recently appointed chief executive of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia. Ms. Martin’s appointment is effective August 1.

“We are so pleased to have a professional of Kathryn’s caliber assume this important role as we conduct a search for a new executive director,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Board President Arthur Swalley. “She has an outstanding reputation and is nationally known in her field. We are grateful to have her leadership during this transition.”

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Santa Barbara Symphony to Commence Season With Bit of Beethoven

July 20, 2016

Subscription sales have begun for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2016-17 season, which will open in thrilling fashion Oct. 15 with a performance of Beethoven’s jubilant and inspiring Symphony No. 9, featuring several local choruses and popular soloists at The Granada Theatre.

The orchestra will present a total of nine programs over the course of its 64th season, including a pair of non-subscription concerts. Series packages start at $62. 

“Next season we highlight our ties to the community and abroad with a series of fantastic collaborations, beginning with the very first concert,” said Symphony General Manager Susan Anderson. “And as audiences have come to expect, our own fabulous musicians will be in exceptionally fine form. Come join us.”

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