Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra
|Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra|
|Concert hall||Granada Theatre|
|Principal conductor||Nir Kabaretti|
The orchestra was founded in 1953. Music directors have included Erno Daniel (1960–1967), who also taught piano at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Ronald Ondrejka (1967–1979), who taught conducting at UCSB; Frank Collura (1979–1984); Varujan Kojian (1985–93); Gisele Ben-Dor (1994–2005); and Nir Kabaretti (2006- ). Nir Kabaretti was selected as the new director after a well publicized search.
In the 1990s the orchestra began making recordings with Music Director Gisele Ben-Dor conducting. The orchestra has released several acclaimed recordings, including CDs of works by Silvestre Revueltas, Astor Piazzolla, Luis Bacalov and Heitor Villa-Lobos. The Orchestra's recording of the Villa-Lobos earned international praise.
Typically the orchestra performs a series of about seven concerts during a season, plus additional concerts (for example, a pops concert on New Year's Eve).
In 2008, the Santa Barbara Symphony moved from its long-time venue at the Arlington Theatre to the newly renovated Granada Theatre.