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Just Released: Ginastera - The Vocal Album with the Santa Barbara Symphony

April 05, 2016

"...a triumph... the most effective and affecting music is the final scene..." --John Rockwell, The San Francisco Examiner (Plácido Domingo in Don Rodrigo)

Ginastera - The Vocal Album marks the centenary of Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983). In 1966, at the New York City Opera, the US premiere of his opera Don Rodrigo gave the young Plácido Domingo his major breakthrough. Domingo performs excerpts from Don Rodrigo, while two sopranos – Ana-Maria Martínez and Virginia Tola – sing Ginastera’s Cinco canciones populares argentinas and cantata Milena respectively. Recorded in 2002 with the Santa Barbara Symphony and conducted by Gisèle Ben-Dor, a notable champion of Latin American music.

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Four Elected to Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors

April 05, 2016

For Immediate Release: April 5, 2016

Contact: Tim Dougherty

Santa Barbara, CA — Four accomplished individuals have been elected to the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors. Each will serve a three-year term.

Don Gilman is an internationally recognized author, speaker, trainer, and executive coach. He currently serves as executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of Critical Thinking and as a senior faculty member at the American Management Association. He also heads Gilman Consulting Group, which specializes in executive coaching for leaders of high-tech companies. Previously, he served as director of strategic marketing at a division of Bosch, including more than two years at the firm’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, and held various management positions at Vetronix, Litton Guidance and Control Systems, and Delco Systems Operations. Dr. Gilman holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Westmont College, a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from UC Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in engineering management from West Coast University in Los Angeles, and a doctorate in organization change from Pepperdine University. His latest book, Outsmarting V.U.C.A., is scheduled to be published in June. He is currently a board member for the Foundation for Girsh Park, the Coastal Housing Coalition, and the Institute of Management Consultants. Dr. Gilman serves on the Governance Committee for the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.

George Konstantinow is a consultant and analyst in healthcare information technology. Dr. Konstantinow earned a degree in biomedical engineering at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and conducted research as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center, where he pioneered medical imaging technology used in the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease. Having relocated to Santa Barbara in 1985, he worked in systems engineering at Hughes Aircraft and Delco Electronics, and later served as manager of information technology at Unisys, director of networking and telecommunications at Santa Barbara City College, and director of research and development with the ISERA Group. A member of various professional societies, Dr. Konstantinow sits on the Board of the Science and Engineering Council of Santa Barbara and of the IEEE Central Coast Section, with membership and fundraising activities focusing on scholarships and grants to pre-university and university-level science and engineering students. He is a Board director for Ensemble Theatre Company and also supports the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Dr. Konstantinow serves on the Education and Finance committees for the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.

Michelle Richardson is a senior vice president at Montecito Bank & Trust, where she oversees the Business Intelligence department and the Office of Project Management. She is also a member of the bank’s senior management committee. Ms. Richardson began working for Montecito Bank & Trust as a management consultant in December 2007 and went on to hold a succession of vice president titles there before being appointed to her current position in July 2015. Previously, she served as a vice president and senior business systems analyst at Pacific Capital Bancorp in Santa Barbara, and held controller and finance positions at General Dynamics’ California Technical Center and its antecedent, Delco Systems, both in Goleta. She began her career as a program controls analyst at the Santa Barbara Research Center, also in Goleta. Her volunteer efforts include the United Way, Angels Foster Care of Santa Barbara, and several local schools. Ms. Richardson holds a master’s degree in confluent education and organizational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from UC Santa Barbara. She serves on the Governance Committee for the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.

Robert W. Weinman is a retired physicist. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at Cornell University and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics at Caltech before pursuing postdoctoral studies in elementary particle theory at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Weinman spent his entire career at Northrop, joining the company as a research scientist and later serving as a section manager for the MX missile program. He was awarded consecutive National Science Foundation and Westinghouse fellowships in the early to mid-1960s. Dr. Weinman generously supports many performing arts organizations and cultural institutions regionally and beyond, including the Music Academy of the West, Camerata Pacifica, UCSB Arts & Lectures, Long Beach Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, the Los Angeles Opera, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Metropolitan Opera, and the Whitney Museum. He serves on the Artistic Planning Committee for the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.

Hands On Music Festival 2016

March 17, 2016

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[Independent] Maestro’s Favorites Concert Review

March 17, 2016

An ebullient Maestro Nir Kabaretti took the stage last weekend to lead the orchestra in a celebration of his first decade as music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. Reminiscing about his debut/audition, which happened across State Street at the Arlington, Kabaretti avoided the subject of Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, to which the group was returning, in favor of making a heartfelt statement of gratitude toward what he termed his “musical family,” meaning not only the musicians in the orchestra but also the leaders of the organization and the audience in the community. The concert opened with the Prelude to Die Meistersinger of Richard Wagner, a piece clearly intended to show the fluidity with which the full orchestra negotiates a challenging score. A busy piece full of multiple themes and dramatic devices, it whetted the crowd’s appetite for the Brahms, which also makes full use of every section and instrument.

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Santa Barbara Symphony to Celebrate Area’s Intimate Bond with the Sea

March 16, 2016

Concerts on April 9 and 10 also will feature guest artist Timothy Chooi performing Tchaikovsky’s timeless Violin Concerto.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will celebrate the region’s shimmering coastal waters with a program titled “Sounds of the Ocean” at the historic Granada Theatre on April 9 and 10. Featured works will include Michael Torke’s uplifting Bright Blue Music, “Four Sea Interludes” from Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, and Claude Debussy’s enduring and influential La Mer. Also featuring wunderkind Timothy Chooi as a guest soloist on Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto, performances will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, April 9, and at 3 pm on Sunday, April 10. Tickets are now available.

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[Montecito Journal] After a decade, Symphony still Nir to Kabaretti’s heart

March 10, 2016