Press Releases

S.B. Symphony Announces 2017-18 Season

May 22, 2017

New season will open October 14 in collaboration with State Street Ballet and renowned choreographer William Soleau

Santa Barbara, CA — Subscription sales have begun for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2017-18 season, which will open October 14 with an extraordinary all-Mozart program accentuated by a ballet world premiere. The orchestra will present a total of nine enthralling programs at the Granada Theatre over the course of the season, including a pair of non-subscription concerts. Series packages start at $62.

“Collaboration with other arts-presenting organizations in our community has become a Santa Barbara Symphony tradition, and we’re certain next season’s exciting new partnerships will resonate tremendously with local audiences, beginning with the October program,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin. “From start to finish the season will consistently offer exceptional concert experiences, which our patrons have come to expect. We invite the community to be part of what promises to be a truly memorable season.” 


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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Musicians to Perform in Production of ‘Brundibár’

May 10, 2017

Compelling children’s opera will be presented at the Libbey Bowl on May 13, and at the Lobero Theatre on May 20.      

Santa Barbara, CA — Members of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony will take part in a fully staged production of Brundibár, Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása’s uniquely affecting children’s opera, at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai on Saturday, May 13, and at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 20. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on May 13, and at 2:30 and 5 pm on May 20.

A collaborative effort involving the Youth Symphony, Ojai Youth Opera, and the Santa Barbara Youth Opera, the production will be conducted by Opera Santa Barbara Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas. The Santa Barbara Youth Opera is an educational program offered by Opera Santa Barbara.  

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those members of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony selected to participate,” said Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony. “The production will serve as an introduction to opera for some, and all the musicians are certain to learn a great deal from Maestro Protopapas. From an institutional perspective, we are grateful to be collaborating with Opera Santa Barbara and Ojai Youth Opera.”


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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, Junior Orchestra to Present Season’s Final Concerts

May 05, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Two Santa Barbara Symphony youth ensembles will present free season-ending concerts the weekend of May 20-21. The Symphony’s Junior Orchestra will perform works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, and others beginning at 3 pm in First United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 20. The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony will present a program of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Mozart beginning at 4 pm in the Lobero Theatre on Sunday, May 21.

“These concerts will showcase the remarkable progress our young musicians have made over the course of the school year,” said Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony. “Both performances will be musical celebrations of sorts, and we encourage the wider community to come see and hear for themselves what can be achieved through quality, sustained instrument instruction for children.”


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Area Children to Perform Free Concert on May 1

April 29, 2017

Featured musicians receive training through the Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center.  

Santa Barbara, CA — Local elementary students in grades four through six will present a free band and string concert at 6 pm on Monday, May 1, in the Marjorie Luke Theatre. The musicians are participants in BRAVO!, an afterschool program that provides hands-on instrument instruction to children ages 9 to 12. The Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center is partnering with the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) to administer the program following its expansion last fall. The May 1 performance will be the final BRAVO! concert of the current school year.


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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony to Headline Free Community Concert on April 29

April 26, 2017

Page Youth Center performance also will include young musicians from other local programs and schools. 

Santa Barbara, CA — More than 300 local students ages 9 to 18 will perform a free classical music concert at the Page Youth Center beginning at 3 pm on Saturday, April 29. Presented by the Santa Barbara Symphony, the performance will feature musicians from the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, other Symphony youth outreach programs, and several area schools.

“Musicians from all Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center programs will participate, as will local junior high and high school students,” explained Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony. “This concert will highlight all that we do through the Music Education Center, as well as our ongoing partnership with the Santa Barbara Unified School District. We’re all about friendship and sharing the wonders of music with children and the wider community.”


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Amy Marshall Named Director of Development for the Santa Barbara Symphony

April 25, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Amy Marshall, an arts administration professional with broad experience across a range of performance disciplines, has been named director of development for the Santa Barbara Symphony. Her appointment was effective April 14.  

Ms. Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts at Marquette University before beginning her career at the Florentine Opera Company, also in Milwaukee, serving first as production assistant and later as production director. After being named company manager of the Milwaukee Ballet in 2000, she was rapidly promoted to the positions of operations director and then executive director of that organization. In 2007 she was appointed managing director of the Olney Theatre Center in Olney, Maryland, a position she would hold for seven years. Ms. Marshall most recently served as director of development at Austin Opera, where she successfully managed all fundraising efforts, including working with the Opera Guild’s 250 members.


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