Symphony’s 70th Anniversary Final Fundraiser

By Giving List Staff   |   June 30, 2023
Committee Valerie Harrison, Sybil Rosen, Janet Garufis, Tony DeSare, Christie Glanville, and missing Anne Towbes

Santa Barbara Symphony held the final fundraiser in celebration of our 70th year. An Evening With Sinatra: The After Party! was held on Thursday, June 15, 2023 with guest artist, Tony DeSare.

John, James, and Christie Glanville with Tony DeSare

Santa Barbara Symphony

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Attendance and Support

Celebrating its 70th Anniversary, the Santa Barbara Symphony delivers artistic excellence through inspiring performances, outstanding music education programming and stewardship, and community collaboration, a pillar of The Symphony on- and off -stage.
“We benefit by having both high caliber, professional arts organizations and visionary supporters in this community who help us bring projects to fruition that would not be possible for one organization alone,” emphasizes Symphony President & CEO Kathryn R Martin.
Located between the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Santa Barbara Symphony competes vigorously for funding. Even with sold-out performances, ticket sales cover less than 30% of the total operating budget. This is why The Symphony relies heavily on community donations.
Whether performing live onstage or inspiring youth through music education programs, the Santa Barbara Symphony unites the community through the common language of music. Donations can be made online, by phone, by mail, or through donations of stock. 

Begin to Build a Relationship

We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s director of development and/or Executive Director.

Our family has a deep appreciation for the enormously positive impact the Symphony’s Music Van, Concerts for Young People, and especially the Youth Symphony have had on my wife and me when we were members many years ago, and on our three children, who continue to play viola, cello, and bass, even as adults now. That is why we have included a bequest for the Symphony in our estate plans, to help secure the future of the Symphony and the education programs that have so enriched our own family.
Dr. Don Gilman
Past President Board of Directors, Santa Barbara Symphony


The mission of the Santa Barbara Symphony is to enrich the lives of Santa Barbara residents by producing and presenting the highest quality musical experiences performed with artistic excellence, which is accessible to the entire community; and to inspire a passion for symphonic music in the next generation of audience members, musicians and funders.

Key Supporters

Janet Garufis, Chair of the Board
Christopher D. Harris, Treasurer
Michelle Richardson, Secretary
Dan Burnham, Chair of Governance
Kathryn R. Martin, President & CEO, Ex-Officio
Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director, Ex-Officio

Todd Aldrich
Mashey Bernstein
Sarah Schlinger Chrisman
Stephen W. Erickson
Dr. Don Gilman
Nancy McAleer Golden
Sam Hedgpeth III
Palmer Jackson, Jr.
Rachel Kagano. Stern
Simon Knight
George Konstantinow
Isabelle Meyer Stapf
Anne Sage
Howard Jay Smith
Dr. Robert Weinman
Bethany Mennemeyer,
Orchestra Committee Chair, Musician Liaison