Santa Barbara Symphony News

[Casa Magazine] Santa Barbara Symphony Season Finale Glorious & Bittersweet

May 23, 2014

Conductor Nir Kabaretti led one of the most satisfying concert pairs of the year last weekend, as the Santa Barbara Symphony wound down its 2013-2014 season in grand, if bittersweet style. Bittersweet, because so much change is in the works, and glorious, because the orchestra's performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, especially at Sundays' concert, gave notice that the ensemble is entering a new level of regional professionalism.

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[Montecito Journal] Montecito Miscellany: Sara Sizzles

May 22, 2014

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Santa Barbara Symphony’s Maestro Nir Kabaretti to also Lead Southwest Florida Symphony

May 21, 2014

Kabaretti to continue as Music and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony

Santa Barbara, CA, May 21, 2014 – The Santa Barbara Symphony is proud to announce that Maestro Nir Kabaretti has been chosen by the Southwest Florida Symphony to lead its orchestra. Kabaretti will continue to serve as the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music and Artistic Director.

After an extensive international search, the Southwest Florida Symphony chose five finalists, including Kabaretti, for the position of Music Director and Conductor. Maestro Kabaretti was ultimately chosen through polling the Southwest Florida Symphony’s musicians, through audience polls and recommendations made by the selection committee and Symphony administrative staff. The Southwest Florida Symphony feels strongly that the organization will benefit from Maestro Kabaretti’s international and regional orchestra experience, forward thinking and strong artistic leadership.

“As Maestro Kabaretti’s star continues to rise, we’re proud that he continues to call the Santa Barbara Symphony home” said David Grossman, Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director. “Now with his second Music Directorship, we can look forward to Maestro Kabaretti’s more frequent presence with us here in the United States.”

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[Independent] Maestro Nir Kabaretti Opened Minds with this Season Closer

May 19, 2014

Completing his eighth year leading the Santa Barbara Symphony, Maestro Nir Kabaretti has continued to demonstrate brilliance and warmth, high level music making and accessibility. No one present Saturday would doubt the world-class artistry now regularly exhibited by the orchestra, nor the sensitive attunement of players to the maestro’s musical vision. Substantial fare included Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5. This reviewer overheard several patrons afterwards reconsidering their feelings about Shostakovich based on this powerful performance — and isn’t opening minds a yardstick for success by any measure?

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[Noozhawk] Symphony to Showcase Cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio in Season Finale

May 17, 2014

The Santa Barbara Symphony, conducted by Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will close its 2013-14 season with a pair of concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Granada Theatre.

Lighting up the auditorium will be the guest artist, cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio, the Grammy-winning co-founder of the Eroica Trio.

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[Scene Magazine] Closing with a Grand Concerto and a Grand Cellist

May 16, 2014

Cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio solos in the Santa Barbara Symphony's season-closing program, with a Dvorak Concerto

If the name Sara Sant'Ambrogio rings a bell with classical music fans, it is most likely in her best-known context and co-brainchild, as one-third of the all-female chamber music sensation, the Eroica Trio. Going back to the early '90s, this impressive piano trio — which has played in Santa Barbara in years past — has dazzled critics and audiences alike, and effectively helped to break down stubborn gender barriers, while not incidentally also making no attempt to sidestep the feminine beauty factor of the participants.

This weekend, as part of the Santa Barbara Symphony's season-closing program, Ms. Sant'Ambrogio shifts roles when she appears as the spotlight-centered soloist, while working with a vastly larger ensemble. She will take on the beloved Dvorak Concert for Cello, in a diverse set of music, also including the piece "Akeda (The Sacrifice of Isaac)" by Noam Sheriff (a mentor of the orchestra's maestro Nir Kabaretti), and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony to end the show, and an all-around fine season.

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