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Santa Barbara Symphony Welcomes New Board Members and Sets Course for Strong Future

Posted: October 15, 2019

(October 14, 2019) - Santa Barbara, CA. – The Santa Barbara Symphony has added seven new board members since January, combining new and fresh perspectives with tremendous experience to set a new course for a strong sustainable future with artistic excellence at its core. Renee Grubb, Catherine Remak and Steve Thompson join the Symphony Board as the newest members, following the addition of…

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Santa Barbara Symphony Announces New Season-New Contract

Posted: October 02, 2019

The 2019/20 Season begins with a renewed commitment to artistic quality and a four-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), Local 308.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2019/20 Season marks the beginning of a new, four-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), Local 308 which outlines pay rates and hiring practices, among the many details of working conditions, for the 76 orchestral musician positions covered by the agreement. The Santa Barbara Symphony will open the 66 th season October 19 and 20, 2019 with the first of nine exciting and versatile programs, “Festa Italiana!,” an evening dedicated to the beauty of Italian music. The 2019/20 season includes masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Paganini, Brahms, Mahler, Gershwin, and a historical homage to Ludwig van Beethoven as the grand finale in May, 2020 as the world celebrates Beethoven’s 250 th anniversary. Single tickets are on sale now for the season; subscriptions provide savings and benefits and are still
available.


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Symphony to Partner with Carnegie Hall

Posted: August 08, 2019

The Santa Barbara Symphony is pleased to announce an historic partnership with Carnegie Hall as we combine our Concerts For Young People Program (CYP) with Carnegie’s Link Up program.  By partnering, Concerts for Young People will advance its focus on teaching fundamental musical concepts to students in grades 4-6, introducing students to the symphony orchestra, fostering new and existing relationships between the Santa Barbara Symphony and local schools and providing professional development opportunities for all participating teachers along with study guide materials.


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Geoffrey Rutkowski (May 1, 1941-July 31, 2019)

Posted: August 08, 2019

Geoffrey Rutkowski was a cellist; he played with passion, warmth and love. He adored his students, his colleagues and anyone with whom he could play chamber music. He loved to play, to teach, and, with his Matteo Gofriller cello which he acquired in 1976, was known for his gorgeous rich sound that carried from the stage to the last row.


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The Santa Barbara Symphony is pleased to welcome Anais Pellegrini as Vice President of Advancement. 

Posted: August 02, 2019

“We are excited to welcome Anais to the Symphony family,” stated Symphony Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin.  “She is a proven development professional with strong roots in Santa Barbara.  With her strong love of the arts and commitment to provide the best live classical musical performance in the region, she is a welcomed addition to our team.”


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