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Update from our President & CEO

MAY 2024

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Listen to Maestro Nir Kabaretti's feature on KUSC's "Classical Californian"!

On 4/10/24, Nir shared his curated selection of cherished classical works, including Brahms, Dvorak, Debussy, Kevin Puts, and exclusive compositions commissioned specially for the Santa Barbara Symphony's illustrious 60th anniversary celebration.
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The Symphony Music Van Program:
Book Your 3rd Grade Classroom Visit Today!

Introducing the instruments of The Symphony to students at an early age, the award-winning Music Van program visits over 40 schools in the greater Santa Barbara area each year. This unique program gives 3rd grade students a hands-on experience that sparks interest in taking up an instrument. This FREE program is made possible by Symphony donors.  Our Music Van Video produced during COVID is also available to any school and classroom free of charge.

Music Van students:

  • Learn about each of the instruments that make up a symphony orchestra
  • Watch how each instrument is played and hear its sound
  • Learn how to produce a sound on each instrument
  • Get inspired to play an instrument!

The Symphony Youth Ensembles program:
Spring Concerts on May 4 & 5!

As the only youth orchestra program in the region connected to a professional symphony and a college, the Symphony’s multi-level Youth Ensembles present a unique learning opportunity for young musicians to develop their skills and connect with music and each other.


Camerata Ensemble & Philharmonia Orchestra
Saturday, May 4 @ 3:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church

Santa Barbara Youth Symphony
Sunday, May 5 @ 4:00 PM
The Lobero Theatre


Stories Behind the Music

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Ted Nash Transformation Featurette

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Fandango Featurette

Santa Barbara Symphony in the News

Recently, Cynder Sinclair, Ph.D., journalist and host of TVSB’s 805 Focus! sat down with President & CEO Kathryn R. Martin and Music & Artistic Director Nir Kabaretti to discuss The Symphony’s role in the community as a vital nonprofit. 

More than ever before—your support makes our impact possible

At the heart of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s mission lies our goal to be an indispensable partner to our community, providing enrichment through inspiring concerts, music education programs, and access for everyone. A tax-deductible donation helps keep the music playing in Santa Barbara!

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