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Celebrated Pianist Lilya Zilberstein to Perform Famed Grieg Piano Concerto with the SB Symphony

March 27, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Internationally renowned pianist Lilya Zilberstein will perform Edvard Grieg’s dramatic and fiercely compelling Piano Concerto in A Minor with the Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor Christian Arming, at the Granada Theatre on April 15 and 16. Also featuring Festina lente by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, as well as Jean Sibelius’ majestic Symphony No. 5, the concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, April 15, and at 3 pm on Sunday, April 16. Tickets are now available.

“We realize we’re stretching boundaries a bit in describing this as a Scandinavian program, as Estonia is usually regarded as a Baltic nation. That said, Arvo Pärt’s beautifully ethereal Festina lente nicely complements the Grieg and Sibelius compositions, and we’re confident audience members will thoroughly enjoy the combination,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin. “Together these three works will make for powerful concert experiences, all the more so given our two wonderful guest artists, Lilya Zilberstein and Christian Arming, both of whom are very much in demand all over the globe.”


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Pamela Johnston Elected to Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors

March 19, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Pamela Johnston, a digital technology executive who has held senior leadership positions at a succession of high-profile firms throughout the United States and abroad, has been elected to the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.

Ms. Johnston simultaneously earned undergraduate degrees in music (oboe performance) and mechanical engineering at the University of Cincinnati before completing an MBA at Harvard Business School. After brief stints as a structural engineer at General Motors and as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group, she was named manager of corporate strategy at Motorola near Chicago, and went on to hold positions with the company in Florida and Hong Kong. She later served as vice president at PulsePoint Communications, Shipper.com, Level 3 Communications, Yahoo, and DIVX. From 2008 to 2011, she served as both general manager and chief operating officer at Recycler.com. Most recently, Ms. Johnston served as senior vice president of client services at CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction). She currently heads her own Santa Barbara-based consulting firm, whose clients have included Lynda.com, Pandora.com, and Blurb.com.  


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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony to Present Free Concert on March 5

March 02, 2017

Ensemble’s second outing of the season will take place at the Lobero Theatre and include works by Sibelius, Kabalevsky, Wolf-Ferrari, and others.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, whose accomplished members hail from throughout the region, will present a free concert at the Lobero Theatre on Sunday, March 5. Featuring Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, theme music from the long-running television series Doctor Who, the first movement of Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto in C Major, and the overture from Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret, the performance will begin at 4 pm. The Lobero Theatre is located at 33 East Canon Perdido Street in Santa Barbara.

Consisting of some 80 musicians ages 12 to 18 from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony is the capstone program of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s award-winning Music Education Center, which organizes outreach activities for area children of all ages. The ensemble is led by Music Director Andy Radford, principal bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Symphony, and members are selected through audition. The March 5 performance will feature a solo turn by 16-year-old violinist Francis Pan of Goleta.


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Acclaimed Violinist Philippe Quint to Perform the ‘Seasons’ of Vivaldi & Piazzolla with SB Symphony

February 24, 2017

Orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ and Piazzolla’s ‘The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’ in their entirety March 18 & 19. Concerts also will feature Haydn’s thrilling Symphony No. 101.     

Santa Barbara, CA — Russian-born violin virtuoso Philippe Quint – lauded for his “fervidly expressive” playing (San Francisco Chronicle) and “bravura technique” (The Times of London) – will showcase his formidable endurance in performances of Antonio Vivaldi’s timeless The Four Seasons and Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango masterpiece The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with the Santa Barbara Symphony on March 18 and 19. Conducted by Maestro Nir Kabaretti, and including Haydn’s dramatic Symphony No. 101 (“The Clock”), the concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, March 18, and at 3 pm on Sunday, March 19, in Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre. Tickets are now available.


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Santa Barbara Symphony to Premiere Leshnoff Clarinet Concerto for West Coast

January 31, 2017

Work was co-commissioned by the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. Concerts also will feature Schubert’s cherished ‘Unfinished’ Symphonyand Copland’s monumental Symphony No. 3.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will present the West Coast premiere of acclaimed composer Jonathan Leshnoff’s Clarinet Concerto – a work co-commissioned by the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra – at the Granada Theatre on Saturday, February 11. Featuring Santa Barbara Symphony Principal Clarinetist Donald Foster, the performance will take place at 8 pm, followed by an encore concert at 3 pm on Sunday, February 12. Tickets are now available.

The program also will include Schubert’s beloved “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8 and Aaron Copland’s powerful Symphony No. 3, with its famed Fanfare for the Common Man theme.


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Area Children to Perform Community Concerts

January 30, 2017

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

Santa Barbara, CA — Local children will be the featured performers in two free community concerts presented in February by the Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center in partnership with the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD). String musicians in grades three through six will perform at 5:30 pm on Thursday, February 2, in the Marjorie Luke Theatre, and instrumentalists of all ages will perform at 7 pm on Thursday, February 23, in the San Marcos High School Auditorium. All performers are SBUSD students.

The February 2 concert will feature participants in BRAVO!, an afterschool program that provides hands-on instrument instruction to elementary students ages 9 to 12. The Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center is partnering with the SBUSD to administer the district program following its expansion last fall. The SBUSD Honor Band Concert on February 23 will feature BRAVO! musicians as well as students in junior high and high school.  


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