Symphony News

Nir Kabaretti Discusses Verdi’s Requiem

April 02, 2019

Maestro Nir Kabaretti take you behind the music for our upcoming performance of Verdi's Requiem.

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The Santa Barbara Symphony Presents Verdi’s Requiem in Collaboration with a Community of Choruses

April 02, 2019

To honor Verdi’s intent for his requiem, the community is invited to participate in a Memorial Campaign to honor those loved and lost

Santa Barbara, CA. (March 2019) –  The Santa Barbara Symphony continues its 65th Anniversary season with two nights of Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Messa da Requiem on Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, April 14 at 3:00 pm at The Granada Theatre. Both performances feature Maestro Nir Kabaretti conducting, alongside soloists Colleen Daly, Natascha Petrinsky, Harold Meers, Luca Dall’Amico, as well as numerous choruses from across Santa Barbara County, joining forces to bring this performance to life. To honor Verdi’s intent for his requiem, the Santa Barbara Symphony invites the community to participate in a Memorial Campaign to honor those loved and lost.

The Messa da Requiem has been described as the famed 19th-century Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s only masterpiece not intended for the stage. When Verdi wrote his requiem, it was a significant departure from the operas for which he was known at the time. He composed it in memory of his friend, the celebrated writer, hero, and patriot, Alessandro Manzoni, when he died in 1873. All of Italy mourned the loss of Manzoni, including Verdi. Struck with grief Verdi was unable to attend the funeral, and the Requiem debuted on the first anniversary of Manzoni’s death in the San Marco Basilica in Milan.

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The Santa Barbara Symphony Announces Janet Garufis as Incoming President of the Board of Directors

March 28, 2019

Santa Barbara, CA. (March 2019) – The Santa Barbara Symphony is excited to announce the election of Janet Garufis as President of the Board of Directors. Garufis will succeed outgoing President Don Gilman, and step into this leadership role on July 1, 2019.

“The Symphony is part of the fabric that makes our community great,” shared Garufis. “We all cherish and honor the traditional and inventive programming that only a live classical music performance can provide. Our job, moving forward is to continue to work to stay relevant, reach broader audiences and create a truly sustainable organization for generations to come. I am honored to be a part this journey” 

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The Santa Barbara Symphony Presents Amadeus Live

March 14, 2019

Experience the award-winning motion picture Amadeus with Mozart's most celebrated score performed live by the Santa Barbara Symphony for a multimedia performance like no other!

The Santa Barbara Symphony continues their 65th Anniversary season this March, with a performance of Amadeus Live, featuring guest conductor Dirk Brossé, and pianist Natasha Kislenko alongside the Santa Barbara Symphony choir, on Saturday,  March 16 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 pm at The Granada Theatre.

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Finely Tuned Santa Barbara Symphony Marks 65-Year History with Focus on Future

February 04, 2019

The Santa Barbara Symphony celebrated its 65th anniversary last year by looking back at a rich history of storied performances. At the same time, the organization was looking forward to growing its educational programs and a host of diverse performance opportunities.

“We want to bring a musical experience, beautiful and powerful, to the people who live in Santa Barbara, to unite them through music, to enrich their lives through music,” Nir Kabaretti, the symphony’s music and artistic director, told Noozhawk.

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Santa Barbara Symphony Welcomes Daniel Burnham, Sarah Chrisman & Janet Garufis to Board of Directors

February 01, 2019

The Santa Barbara Symphony is honored to welcome Daniel Burnham, Sarah Chrisman and Janet Garufis, to the Board of Directors. The Symphony’s Board works to support the organization’s mission to enrich the community by creating powerful musical experiences performed with passion and excellence, and by providing indispensable music education and community engagement.

“I am thrilled to welcome these three community leaders to The Santa Barbara Symphony’s Board of Directors.” shared Kevin A. Marvin, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. “ Their experience and commitment to the arts in Santa Barbara is unparalleled, and as the Symphony continues our forward momentum providing the community with world class performances and programs, these leaders will be essential in guiding that vision.” 

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