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Santa Barbara Symphony Announces Election of New President, Board

image2014-2015 Board President Arthur Swalley

The Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association is pleased to announce the election of Arthur Swalley as president of the Board of Directors for the 2014-15 season.

The symphony’s elected officers include David Chernof, vice president; Brett Moore, treasurer; Fred Wudl, secretary; Karen Kerns, counsel; and Susan Spector, development.

Endeavoring to make classical music both accessible and exceptional, Music Director Nir Kabaretti and the Santa Barbara Symphony have enjoyed a prolonged period of successful growth, raising the bar both in terms of the quality of performances and its mission to continue being an indispensable part of the community.

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

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.”

This year, Maestro Kabaretti enters his ninth season as the Music and Artistic Director for the Santa Barbara Symphony with an exciting season of musical titans, including Porgy and Bess, a life study of Beethoven and the iconic Charlie Chaplin film “City Lights.” For a complete listing of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s remarkable 2014-2015 season, visit www.thesymphony.org.

About Nir Kabaretti

Maestro Nir Kabaretti has been described as “a conductor with immense musicality and warm personality” by Maestro Zubin Mehta. Kabaretti has earned an impressive reputation across continents for his command of a vast symphonic and operatic repertoire.

Upon graduation from the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Kabaretti began working as coach and Chorus Master at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He later advanced to positions as Assistant to the Music Director at the Teatro Real in Madrid and Personal Assistant to Maestro Zubin Mehta at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy.

Nir Kabaretti has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after musicians, such as Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman and Hélène Grimaud. His guest conducting appearances have included the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, Orquestre National du Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, La Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid, Real Orquesta Sinfònica de Sevilla, La Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria and the Bochumer Symphoniker.

He was appointed Principal Conductor of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra in Israel in 2002, and later its Music Director till 2008.

Kabaretti’s operatic experience includes productions at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Real in Madrid, The Israeli Opera, Opéra de Lausanne, Avenches Opera Festival in Switzerland, Tokyo New National Theatre and Opera Santa Barbara.

He conducted The Diary of Anne Frank, a guest production of the Vienna State Opera performed at both the Bregenz Festival and Expo 2000 in Hannover. In 2005, Kabaretti lead Teatro San Carlo di Napoli on its first tour to Japan, conducting Il Trovatore both in Kyoto and Tokyo.

During the 2004-2005 season he made his debut at Teatro alla Scala di Milano. In 2007 he was invited again for the ballet production of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer night’s Dream (broadcasted by Italian television RAI, and released as a commercial DVD).

Maestro Kabaretti received the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Grant for Young Conductors. In 1993, he won the Forum Junger Künstler Conducting Competition in Vienna. In 1994 he was among the finalists in the International Competition for Conductors in Douai, France.

About The Southwest Florida Symphony

The Southwest Florida Symphony is Fort Myers’ only professional symphony and the oldest symphony orchestra in Southwest Florida. It enters its 54th season this year, having made its debut as a community orchestra on April 15, 1961. It has since grown to a roster of more than 65 world-class musicians, filling Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall with symphonic music enthusiasts each performance season. Its mission is to celebrate the joy of music and to inspire audiences with a variety of quality concerts performed by professional musicians that are accessible to all. For more information about the Southwest Florida Symphony, call 239-418-0996 or visit www.swflso.org.

About The Santa Barbara Symphony

Celebrating over 60 years of great music, the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association was founded on the belief that a special city deserves a special orchestra. The Symphony has been celebrated for its unique ability to deliver brilliant orchestral concerts while maintaining a strong commitment to education and community engagement. With audiences almost twice the size of any orchestra in the Santa Barbara area, the Santa Barbara Symphony is, according to Mayor Helene Schneider, “A jewel in Santa Barbara’s crown.” For more information, please go to www.thesymphony.org.

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2013-2014 Orchestra Party

At the orchestra party on Sunday, we honored violinist Jack Ullom, who retired from the orchestra after 43 years! Thank you Jack!

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All the following musicians were also honored for outstanding years of service to the orchestra:

Jeanne Ullom, violin - 45 years of service
Kathy Marsh, flute - 30 years of service
Jackie Greenshields, cello, - 30 years of service
Laury Woods, violin - 30 years of service
Adriana Zoppo, violin - 30 years of service
Claude-Lise Lafranque, violin - 25 years of service
Diane Gilbert, viola - 20 years of service
Amy Hagen, violin - 20 years of service

We’d also like to thank Gloria Autry’s family for attending the concert and accepting her award in her place.

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2014-2015 Season Clues

CLUE #1

This role-playing video game released for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 is your first clue to the featured composer for our Opening Weekend in October 2014.

CLUE #2

There (sadly) won’t be any puppies involved, but this is your clue to our November 2014 concert.

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CLUE #3

Enjoy this beautiful night view of Santa Barbara as your January 2015 clue.

CLUE #4

Our February 2015 concerts falls on Valentine’s weekend, and we’ll celebrate with this special geometric shape.

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CLUE #5

Can you figure out where in the world this Google street view image was taken? If you do, you’ll know which country is featured on our March 2015 concerts.

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CLUE #6

This clue is pretty self-explanatory.

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CLUE #7

The Colonial Theatre in Boston saw the world premiere of this American opera featured on our May 2015 program.

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Soloist Bio: Donald T. Foster, Principal Clarinet

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Donald T. Foster is one of Southern California’s most active clarinetists, serving as Principal Clarinetist of both the Pasadena and Santa Barbara Symphonies. He is a frequent auxiliary/substitute musician with the San Diego Symphony and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and is the Founding Artistic Director of Mládí, LA’ s first conductorless chamber orchestra. In addition, Don is very active in the motion picture and television studios, and can be heard on many soundtracks for feature films. Foster graduated from the University of Southern California, receiving his Master of Music degree in 1996 while in the studios of Yehuda Gilad and Michele Zukovsky. He has received Fellowships from both the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals, the latter of which he attended for four consecutive summers. He is a former first prize winner of the Pasadena Instrumental Competition, and has won concerto competitions with such organizations as the Los Angeles Mozart Festival, YMF Debut Orchestra, Marrowstone Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. Prior engagements include serving as Principal Clarinet with the Philharmonie der Nationen based in Hamburg, Germany. While with the Philharmonie he performed in over 250 concerts in virtually every major city in Europe. He has also served as Principal Clarinet of the Colorado Music Festival, in Boulder, Colorado and has been featured in Central America with his reed trio Trianche as a featured ensemble for the Costa Rica Music Festival. He is currently on the faculty of the Moreno Valley campus at Riverside Community College and divides his time with residences in Palm Springs and the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.

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