May 07, 2014
Gloria J. Autry
1934 - 2014
Having joined the Santa Barbara Symphony only two years after its founding 61 years ago, violinist Gloria Autry passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014, just two weeks before what would have been her last professional concert. She had announced her plans to retire at the end of this season. Her inimitable devotion to her musical family at the Symphony, as well as her innumerable other civic and musical contributions, makes her passing all the more deeply felt.
Maestro Nir Kabaretti has said on many occasions that Gloria always arrived at the rehearsals incredibly well prepared. She missed only one concert last year, following a fall that would have sidelined most professional musicians for months.
Gloria was ever smiling, never complaining and always offering other musicians and fellow Santa Barbarans her support, assistance and overwhelming generosity of spirit.
Gloria would most probably have wanted us to celebrate her life in music and remember her "glorious-ly" playing her violin. The same violin she played when she began with the Santa Barbara Symphony in 1955.
Gloria will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Howard Jay Smith Joins Santa Barbara Symphony Planned Giving Committee
April 18, 2014
Howard Jay Smith has been named to the Santa Barbara Symphony Planned Giving Committee.
“I have been a lifelong fan of classical music,” said Smith.
The Santa Barbara Symphony maintains a permanent endowment fund to secure the orchestra’s artistic, cultural and educational programs for future seasons. As a committee member, Smith will help Director of Development Pamela Perkins-Dwyer ensure the symphony’s endowment stays healthy.
Santa Barbara Symphony, Musicians Union Ratify Three-Year Labor Contract
December 13, 2013
By Kelly Kapuan, Publicist
The Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association and the American Federation of Musicians-Local 308 are very pleased to announce that a new three-year collective bargaining agreement has been ratified, taking them through the 2015-16 season.
Several key concerns were addressed within the new agreement, including the negotiation of modest wage and travel increases commensurate with financial planning, while being reflective of the musicians' priorities. Important clarifications were also achieved regarding auditioning and hiring procedures, as well as calculations pertaining to overscale and doubling fees.
While electronic media remains a significant topic of discussion both locally and nationally, an agreement was reached to allow more flexibility, while staying within the union’s national policies.
“With many orchestras experiencing disruptions to their seasons and futures, we are proud to have come to a successful agreement such as this with good will and good spirit,” said David Grossman, executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. “During negotiations, both sides supported a measured approach, recognizing the need to balance financial realities with the symphony’s goal of continued growth in artistic excellence. This new contract affirms our ongoing desire to work collaboratively toward the shared goal of elevating the Santa Barbara Symphony’s impact to our patrons, sponsors and the community at large.”
Donald Foster, chairman of the Musicians Committee of the SBSO, added: “From the start, a spirit of togetherness ensued, with both sides putting artistic quality, professional integrity and basic fiscal responsibility at the forefront. The musicians are confident that this three year agreement speaks volumes about how the Santa Barbara Symphony continues to stand out as one of the great California symphony orchestras."
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September 02, 2013
Board Announcement: 2013-2014 Board Officers
June 12, 2013
The Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association is pleased to announce the election of Paksy Plackis-Cheng as President of the Board for the 2013-2014 season.
The Symphony’s elected officers also include: Stefan Riesenfeld, Immediate Past President; Arthur Swalley, Vice President; David Chernof, M.D., Secretary; Brett Moore, Treasurer; Karen Kerns, Counsel; Susan Spector, Development Chair. The Executive Committee will be formed by the elected officers, Gene Sinser and Peter Schlueer, Members-at-Large. In addition, Ex-Officio Member, David Grossman, Executive Director and Ex-Officio Member, Maestro Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director.
[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Salutes Silver Screen
May 10, 2013
By Gerald Carpenter, Noozhawk Contributing Writer
The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony will hold its final concert of the 2012-13 season at the unusual time of 7:30 p.m., on the unusual day of Friday and in the somewhat unusual venue of First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave.
The young musicians will be led by their music director, Andy Radford, and the featured soloist will be Dos Pueblos High School senior and cellist Laura Baldwin.
The program is bound to please. We’ll hear Franz Joseph Haydn’s Concerto No. 1 in C-Major for Cello and Orchestra, Hob. VIIb/1; two selections from the film scores of John Williams (the main theme from The Empire Strikes Back and the “March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark); and carrying on the theme of movie music, the Symmphonic Suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s score for the now-forgotten Soviet film Lieutenant Kijé (1934).