A Santa Barbara Tradition since 1978
hen I attend a powerfully moving classical music concert – such as the Chamber Orchestra's 37th Season opening night on October 3 at the Lobero Theatre – I am reminded of how our important work impacts the community.
As our musicians demonstrated, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra remains a vibrant ensemble, consistently performing with the kind of remarkable chemistry, precision, and verve usually associated with orchestras that command far greater name recognition.
Thus the challenge before us: securing a status for this outstanding group that is worthy of its extraordinary musical talent. I am pleased to report that we have made considerable progress with the Chamber Orchestra’s financial wellbeing and are now poised to undertake the important work of strengthening its standing in our community and beyond. As the information in this issue of Ovation makes clear, our ticketing and outreach efforts have begun to yield substantial results, which are cause for excitement. It also underscores the vital role of our benefactors. We are grateful for your generosity and leadership! We’ve listened to you, our loyal patrons and partners, and are now building on the SBCO’s long tradition of excellence to create an organization worthy of its musicians and supporters. I am confident that together, we are on the road to achieving this and much more. Thank you for your continuing support.
Kevin A. Marvin Executive Director
FAMILY PROGRAM BOASTS RECORD TALLY The Chamber Orchestra’s youth outreach efforts hit a high-water mark to start the season at our October 3rd concert, distributing a record 130 tickets through the “Free Concert Seats for Families” program. Now in its ninth season, this innovative program enables children ages 8 to 18 and their parent/guardian to attend regularseason SBCO concerts free of charge. The SBCO provided 58 free family tickets when the concept was first introduced, and the program has since grown in fits and starts. Its previous participation-rate high was last December, when 100 tickets were distributed. Funding partners include American Riviera Bank, the Bank of Santa Barbara, City National Bank, Union Bank, and the Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation. “This unique program offers young people the thrilling experience of attending a live classical performance with their family in a real concert setting,” said SBCO Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin. “Our goal is to educate students about music and concert etiquette so they become informed and engaged patrons in the future. We are very excited about this program’s growth and potential.”
TICKETING TRENDS – OPENING NIGHT COMPARISON 2014 VS 2015 500 COMPS
TICKETING TRENDS TURN UP The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra bested its season-opening numbers from a year earlier, selling double the number of single tickets while comping far fewer seats for its October 3 concert at the Lobero Theatre. The opening-night showing comes on the heels of significant gains last year, when the Chamber Orchestra saw dramatic attendance growth following its move from the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall back to the Lobero Theatre.
SINGLE TICKETS SUBSCRIPTIONS
NOV 1, 2014
OCT 3, 2015
SBCO DONOR SPOTLIGHT: ERIC OLTMANN AND SUSAN VAN ABEL When it comes to supporting arts and cultural institutions in the region, few people can match the intensity of Eric Oltmann and Susan Van Abel. On any given weekend, the energetic pair can usually be found at a number of events and performances in Santa Barbara and Ventura. As one might expect given their schedule, the couple are discerning arts patrons, and channel their philanthropic efforts accordingly. One organization they’re especially proud to support is the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra.
Pictured: Leslie Velez, Kevin Marvin, Eric Oltmann, Susan Van Abel
“We first attended a Chamber Orchestra concert several years ago and were immediately impressed by the quality of the musicianship. It’s just a fantastic group,” said Eric, a former Navy pilot who went on to enjoy a second career in civil and sanitary engineering before retiring in 2000. Eric, a Minnesota native, and Susan, a native of Wisconsin, met in the District of Columbia while she was working in municipal research and he was at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. He later convinced her to accompany him to California – an achievement he boasts of to this day. Together now almost 40 years, they live in Ventura, where he serves on the Board of the Ventura Music Festival and she chairs the Rubicon Theatre’s Board of Advisors. Eric also is a member of Opera Santa Barbara’s Board of Directors. They both readily admit to a soft spot for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, though. “The music director and conductor [Heiichiro Ohyama] does a superb job. Every performance by the Chamber Orchestra has been wonderful,” said Susan, who along with her husband contributes to the SBCO at the Musician Sponsor giving level. “It’s why the organization remains one of our favorites.”
2015 – 2016 REVENUE FOUNDATION GRANTS
GOVERNMENT GRANTS CORPORATE DONATIONS
While earned revenue (ticketing) accounts for a growing share of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra’s annual operating budget, contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies continue to fund most of the organization’s activities.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers Joe Campanelli, Chair Don Lafler, President Peter T. Favero, Treasurer Catherine Karayan Wilbur, Secretary Members at Large Jacki Belt, Ph.D. Leslie Bisno Robert Hanrahan Mahri Kerley Roy Martinez Richard Ross, M.D. M. Stephen Weatherford, Ph.D.
ARTISTIC & ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
NONPROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA BARBARA, CA
PERMIT NO. 216 PO Box 90903 Santa Barbara, CA 93190-0903
Heiichiro Ohyama, Music Director and Conductor Kevin A. Marvin, Executive Director Leslie Velez, Director of Development Margaret Holsinger, Executive Assistant and Outreach Program Manager Tina Kane, Artistic Operations Coordinator April Montoya, Database Manager Catherine Biagini, Orchestra Librarian Andrew Klein, Orchestra Personnel Manager
DEC 8 / 7:30 PM / LOBERO THEATRE
MAR 22 / 7:30 PM / LOBERO THEATRE
MAY 17 / 7:30 PM / LOBERO THEATRE
Gail Eichenthal, Guest Host (KUSC)
Martin Beaver, Violin
Alessio Bax, Piano
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony for Strings in C major No. 9 “Swiss Symphony”
MOZART: Overture: The Marriage of Figaro
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
DVOŘÁK: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22
MOZART: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 5 “Reformation” Op. 107
Special pre-concert performance by Cold Spring School Children’s Choir
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto Op. 64
FEB 9 / 7:30 PM SB MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
CHAMBER MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM Heiichiro Ohyama, Viola MOZART: Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K. 407 F. DEVIENNE: Quartet for bassoon & strings in G minor MOZART: String Quintet No. 4 in G minor for two violas Chocolate and wine pairing included!
APR 5 / 7:30 PM UNIVERSITY CLUB OF SANTA BARBARA
MUSIC – DIALOGUE! A Conversation Featuring Maestro Ohyama, Host Alan Chapman (KUSC) and select players from the Chamber Orchestra surrounds the concert performance. MENDELSSOHN: String Quintet No. 2, Op. 87
Join us for Supper Club, Dec 8, Mar 22, and May 17 at 6:00 pm in the Lobero Courtyard. Dinner provided by Via Maestra 42 with wine from our sponsors.
Dessert and wine included!
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