Antioch in Conversation teams with the Santa Barbara Symphony to feature Maestro Nir Kabaretti

Antioch in Conversation teams with the Santa Barbara Symphony to feature Maestro Nir Kabaretti


(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – Maestro Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director for the Santa Barbara Symphony, will visit Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) as the next featured guest in the “Antioch In Conversation” series on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Kabaretti will speak on a variety of subjects – including topics related to conductors, musicians, symphonies, and opera companies. Newly appointed Symphony Executive Director David Pratt will introduce Kabaretti and also discuss issues facing regional symphonies such as Santa Barbara’s. The audience will be able to mingle with Kabaretti and Pratt at a pre-program reception with light refreshments in the AUSB Community Hall. Both will participate in an audience Q&A session at the end of the evening.

Born in Israel, Nir Kabaretti has built an impressive résumé in both symphonic and operatic styles across the globe. He showed musical talent at an early age, studying first at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University and then at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

After graduating, Kabaretti was appointed chorus master at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. In 2002, he was named Principal Conductor of Israel’s Raanana Symphonette Orchestra before joining the Santa Barbara Symphony. Kabaretti also has served as the Music Director for the Southwest Florida Symphony since 2012.

The maestro has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, and Hélène Grimaud. Kabaretti also has been selected to serve as guest conductor for orchestras around the world: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, just to name a few.

In addition, Kabaretti has an operatic background conducting productions with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Real in Madrid, Opéra de Lausanne, The New National Theatre in Tokyo, Opera Santa Barbara, and more.

Australian native David Pratt recently joined the Santa Barbara Symphony as executive director after serving in the same position for the Savannah Philharmonic. Pratt also has held senior positions for the G’Day USA Festival connecting the U.S. and Australia, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Festival of Chamber of Music, and the Melbourne Film Office for the State of Victoria.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. More information is available at

Antioch in Conversation is a series designed to foster public engagement about the issues and inspirations that shape our community, society, and world.


About AUSB

Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower thousands of students worldwide with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic and environmental justice. Antioch University Santa Barbara, founded in 1977 as one of five nationwide locations—including Los Angeles, CA; Seattle, WA; New England (Keene,NH); and Midwest (Yellow Springs, OH)—provides both graduate degrees and bachelor’s completion programs at its thriving downtown campus. AUSB’s unique curriculum draws students from throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, South America, and Europe. Antioch University is a nonprofit, private, 501(c)3 organization and member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. To learn more, visit


Brian Dearth [email protected] 805-962-8179 x5228

United Way SB Tapped as Fiscal Agent for Homeland Security and FEMA Allocation of Over $195,000 for Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

United Way SB Tapped as Fiscal Agent for Homeland Security and FEMA Allocation of Over $195,000 for Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)


United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) is the fiscal agent for the local Santa Barbara County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) and the local EFSP board of directors announced the allocation of $195,772 in funds from the Federal Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) national Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Funds support Phase 32 of EFSP.

The EFSP was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance. This collaborative effort between the private and public sectors has provided more than $3.8 billion in federal funds during its 29-year history. The amount of funding the EFSPadministers to communities throughout the nation is dependent on multiple factors including the local unemployment rate.

A local EFSP Board of Directors within the Santa Barbara County service region was formed to determine how to allocate the funds for Phase 32. The EFSP board consists of eleven board members from the following organizations: The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ, County of Santa Barbara, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, community member for the homeless, United Way of Northern Santa Barbara and United Way of Santa Barbara County.

For Phase 32, the organizations have been awarded funding include: Catholic Charities, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Salvation Army, Good Samaritan Shelter, Inc., Transition House, and Domestic Violence Solutions and United Way of Santa Barbara County.

About United Way of Santa Barbara County

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families &seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health. For more information, please visit


Flannery Hill/Chris Davis (805) 687-3322

Pacific Pride Foundation’s Royal Ball

Pacific Pride Foundation’s Royal Ball

3-24-2015 4-37-42 PM


Join Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF) for an evening of glamour, music and dancing at their annual Royal Ball fundraiser on Saturday, April 25th at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara.



This year, Star of Glee, Jane Lynch, will the Master of Ceremonies. PPF will also present its first ever Advocacy Award honoring Don Roos, director and writer of Marley & Me and Dan Bucatinsky, writer and producer of All Over the Guy and Web Therapy for their support and commitment to LGBTQ advocacy and the significant difference they have made.


The mission of Pacific Pride Foundation is to advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community; care for people living with HIV; and prevent the transmission of HIV. All proceeds will from the ball will support PPF’s programs and services.


Date: Saturday, April 25th


Time: 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.


Location: Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara CA 93117


Cost: $300.00 for individual tickets; $500.00 for VIP tickets. Tables and boxes are available from $5,000. to $50,000.


Tickets for the Royal Ball are available at or by calling (805) 963-3636 ext. 111.

Santa Barbara Symphony Presents: The New World

Santa Barbara Symphony Presents: The New World

3-24-2015 4-37-42 PM

Santa Barbara Symphony

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Philippe Quint, violin
Tanaka: Guardian Angel
Korngold: Violin Concerto No. 1
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’


Join the Santa Barbara Symphony as they explore how the American experience has made its mark on composers and artists from around the world. This concert will feature music from Tanaka, Korngold and Dvorak, all composers who came to America in order to make music. Russian violinist Philippe Quint will interpret Korngold’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and the performance will continue with Tanaka’s Guardian Angel and Dvorak’s celebrated masterpiece, Symphony No. 9.


Date & Time:

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Matinee
A fascinating 30-minute Pre-concert Talk, “Behind the Music,” begins one hour before each performance

The Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

$28.00 – $133.00


All Santa Barbara Symphony season concerts take place at The Granada Theatre. Each concert includes a pre-concert lecture, “Behind the Music” beginning one hour before the concert.


To purchase subscriptions for the Symphony’s 2014-15 season, call the Santa Barbara Symphony Office at (805) 898-9386. Single tickets and subscriptions are also available online at Discounted student tickets are available for $10 with valid student ID.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing: Home ownership education workshop offered on March 26

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing: Home ownership education workshop offered on March 26


Peoples Self-Help Housing, is inviting the community to a free home ownership education workshop on Thursday, March 26, to learn about the steps of home ownership, including everything from what a credit score means to selecting a lender.

The workshop is open to the public and will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Canyon Creek Apartments, located at 400 Oak Hill Road, Paso Robles. Snacks will be provided.

Attendees will get their questions answered by an in-person loan officer, realtor and housing counselor. Other topics that will be covered include the importance of good credit, getting pre-qualified before applying for a loan, how much you should borrow, what a down payment is, and the advantages and disadvantages of home ownership.

To RSVP, contact Alma Aguilar at (805) 540-2446 or [email protected]

About Peoples Self-Help Housing

Founded in 1970, Peoples Self-Help Housing is a non-profit organization that develops affordable housing and community facilities for low-income households and homeownership opportunities for working families and special needs populations, such as seniors, veterans, the disabled, and the formerly homeless. With 1,149 self-help homes completed and 1,578 rental units developed, it is the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast, with offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. For more information on Peoples’ Self-Help Housing,, email [email protected] or call (805) 540-2446.

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