At the Arlington Theater
Barbara Symphony is recognized as a top regional orchestra for the excellence
of its performances, adventurous programming, dedication to youth education
and outreach, and outstanding contributions to the community. In 1989,
was chosen as one of only three orchestras in the nation to receive an
Advancement Grant from the NEA. This year the orchestra was voted Best
Classical Ensemble by
The Independent. Under Music Director Gisèle Ben-Dor the orchestra
has grown in every respect, including a critically acclaimed discography
of world premiere recordings. Call: 805-963-4408 or www.thesymphony.org
The Santa Barbara Symphony was founded in 1953 by violinist Stefan Krayk
and oboist Clayton Wilson, members of the faculty at the University of
California Santa Barbara. They encouraged leading musicians and music
teachers to join the orchestra, which gave its first concert performance
at The Lobero Theatre on December 12, 1953. The first conductor was Adolphe
Frezin a distinguished Belgian cellist residing in Santa Barbara. The
first orchestra was composed of 52 musicians.
next five years the Santa Barbara symphony was conducted by Lauris Jones
(1954-1955), Herbert Weiskopk (1956-1957) and Ernest Gold (1957-1958).
From the beginning, the Symphony was strongly supported by the community
whose contributions helped supplement the initial low attendance. However,
by the 1959-1960 season the symphony had grown in audience support and
boasted sales of 550 season tickets. Two performances of the final concerts
of that season featured a total of 916 paid admissions.
To enlarge the repertoire with contemporary music, the Symphony began
a composer-in-residence program to recognize outstanding modern composers
whose works were included in the Symphony’s programs. A long and
fruitful relationship began in 1960 between the Santa Barbara Symphony
and UC Santa Barbara, with the orchestra and university sharing the service
the conductor of the symphony who also served as the chair of the department
of music at UC Santa Barbara. Four full time conductors served in the
music director position beginning in 1960. Erno Daniel (1960-1966), Ronald
Ondrejka (1966-1978), Frank Collura (1978-1983) and Varujan Kojian (1984-1993)
each brought a distinctive style to the orchestra. Gisèle Ben-
Dor became the fifth full time conductor in 1994 and continues to lead
The Symphony’s musicians have been a stable force behind the quality
of the performances. Thirteen musicians have served for more than twenty-five
years. The longest serving member of the symphony is Nancy Chase (1953-2003)
who began playing in the symphony at age 17 when she was a college student.
Other long time members include Ann Tisher (1959-2003), originally a principal
violist who continues to play in the viola section, Gloria Autry (1955-2003),
principal of second violins, Jeanne Ullom, second violinist (1958-1965
& 1977-2003) and Geoffrey Rutkowski (1968-2003), principal cellist.
Illustrious soloists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Dave Brubeck, Jessey
Norman, Arturo Sandoval, and even Harpo Marx have graced the stage at
the Symphony’s concerts.
Talented first violin concertmasters and co-concertmasters such as Gilles
Apap, Miran Kojian have led the orchestra in continuing musical excellence.
will mark Gisèle Ben-Dor’s tenth season as music director
for the Symphony. She was unanimously appointed the position after she
first showcased her unique style as a guest conductor for the Symphony
in April of 1994. The Santa Barbara Symphony is celebrating its 50th Anniversary
State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara.
At the Lobero Theater
its 10 year anniversary, the State Street Ballet was founded in 1994 by
Artistic Director and former American Ballet Theater dancer Rodney Gustafson.
This acclaimed professional ballet company has brought audiences to their
California to exotic places like China and Taiwan. From innovative ballets
to the classics, the high quality of its productions enriches audiences
by making professional dance available to a wide and diverse public. Call:
805-963-0761 or www.statestreetballet.com
gotta have heart!" are the watchwords of Founder and Artistic Director
Rodney Gustafson, and they have propelled State Street Ballet from modest
beginnings to international acclaim in less than a decade. Indeed, his
"ballet with heart" has audiences jumping to their feet, cheering
the powerful drama that ignites each performance. With tours throughout
California, the Western United States, Taiwan and China, word is spreading
fast. Critics and audiences alike are saying, "State Street Ballet
is fascinating, innovative, and captivating. See how it melds classical
technique with innovative original choreography. It's refreshing. Charming.
No gimmicks. Sophisticated. Uplifting. And, even if you aren't ballet
fan, you'll be stunned at how much you'll love a State Street Ballet performance."
The company intersperses its repertoire of beautiful classics that include
Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, with a series of what Gustafson calls "energetic,
sensuous" commissioned ballets, such as Taming of the Shrew (by Emmy-winning
choreographer Robert Sund/San Francisco set in 1950's America), Ballroom
(danced to the romantic tunes of the most hip crooners of the Swing Era),
Beauty and the Beast,, also by Sund, and Hollywood Nutcracker by Director
Rodney Gustafson possesses a rare combination of credentials among artistic
directors — a masters degree in business empowered with a successful
dance career. As a dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Gustafson worked
with many of the greatest dancers of our time such as Mikhail Baryshnikov,
and the most famous choreographers of the era including Alvin Ailey, George
Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins, Anthony Tudor. He also appeared
in the films The Turning Point, Baryshnikov's Nutcracker, and several
Live from Lincoln Center productions.
The company was founded in 1994. It now performs in over 50 productions
each season as well as numerous outreach programs that expose an average
of 10,000 young people to the art of classical ballet annually.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Gustafson has built a company respected
for its choreography, dancing and fiscally responsible management, "proving
against all odds and nay sayers that ballet is alive and kicking in Southern
Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Barbara International Film Festival is in its 19th year.
In 2004, it will run from January 30 through February 8.
Dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness
of film as an art form, it presents quality American, Independent,
Spanish, Latin and Documentary Cinema. A week long
of films and activities include celebrity guests, directors,
writers and symposiums. Roger Durling, Artistic Director.
For a a complete listing of movies and events: www.sbfilmfestival.org
& Lectures serves the UCSB campus and the Santa Barbara community
at Campbell Hall by extending and supplementing the intellectual life
of the classroom and providing diverse and unique cultural programming,
featuring touring artists from all over the world as well as films, lectures
and special events. For specific directions to Campbell Hall at UCSB and
for parking call or go to www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu
As one of
the most progressive music departments in the UC systems, UCSB attracts
a wide range of outstanding musicians, composers and conductors from all
over the world. Its concerts and forums at Lotte Lehmann Hall and the
music department offer student’s academic excellence in the study
and the appreciation of music in musicology, ethnomusicology, theory,
performance, orchestra, choral, conducting, keyboard, strings, voice,
woodwind and percussion. For specific directions to UCSB parking call
Barbara started in 1999 with professional dancers Brian Griffin, Julie
McCloud and Fay Villanueva. Tango Santa Barbara has become a mainstay
for tango dancers of all levels in the area. Classes are offered every
week, and Brian and Fay also instruct and help novices each Wednesday
night at Café Buenos Aries. Periodic workshops are also taught
by tango masters. www.tangosb.com
The Santa Barbara Public Library.
40 East Anapamu Street
Barbara Public Library hosts the Faulkner Gallery, a venue for art, music
and discussions that enrich the life of the Santa Barbara Community. Events
at the Library are free to the public. For more information on the Faulkner
Gallery call 805-962-7653. www.ci.santa-barbara.ca.us/library
Café Buenos Aires.
1316 State Street
at Café Buenos Aires, the heart of Argentine fine dining in Santa
Barbara. Every Wednesday night it hosts a live tango band so that novice
and ardent Tango dancers can tango the night away. The café’s
out -door covered patio and its excellent fare is an extraordinary compliment
to fine dining in Santa Barbara. Call: 805-963-0242
Soho Restaurant & Music Club.
1221 State Street, Victoria Court
Soho is the
premier nightclub of Santa Barbara offering live music, dancing, dinner,
and a full bar every night of the week. It makes Soho a great place to
spend your evening as the club hosts local and national artists in all
music genres. Indoor and outdoor dining. Call 805-962-7776 or www.sohosb.com
El Paseo Restaurant
10 El Paseo, Canon Perdido
As one of
the largest and oldest restaurants in Santa Barbara, the El Paseo is a
landmark for the indoor-outdoor dining with a traditional Mexican flare.
Located in the courtyard of El Paseo, it offers occasional music and many
happy hours. Call: 805-962-6050
1114 State Street
is a unique experience in pub dining. A traditional Irish setting with
an old world movie theme. Bogart’s offers music six nights a week
and indoor and outdoor seating in the courtyard. Call: 805-965-8001
State Street, Downtown
landmark shopping mall with theaters, art, restaurants and fashion, as
well as an outside venue for live music. www.sbmall.com/paseo_nuevo
Border’s Books, Music and Café
900 State Street
gathering space for good reading, coffee and live music.