Soothing Sounds

By Richard Mineards   |   January 25, 2018
Lisa Rivas of the Santa Barbara Symphony, Robert "Bob" Weiman, SBS Board member, and attendee Rebecca Phillips participating in the benefit embracing the healing power of music (photo by Priscilla)

Santa Barbara Symphony, under conductor Nir Kabaretti, in partnership with Montecito Bank & Trust, held a free concert at the Granada to raise money for disaster relief and recovery efforts in our rarefied enclave.

Guitarist and artist in residence Pablo Sainz Villegas, accompanied by a small orchestra, gave an intimate and uplifting performance.

“It was an evening of community and comfort with the healing power of music,” said symphony director Kevin Marvin.

The event was emceed by ubiquitous Andrew Firestone and Montecito Bank & Trust honcho Janet Garufis.

Pleased with the gifts of giving and receiving for those in need at the SBCPA Granada Theater are host Janet Garufis, chairman & CEO of Montecito Bank and Trust, and Kevin Marvin, CEO Santa Barbara Symphony (photo by Priscilla)
Hosts Andrew Firestone, Janet Garufis with the Santa Barbara Symphony under the music direction of conductor Nir Kabaretti, guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas, artist-in-residence present their music for the community (photo by Priscilla)
With honored firefighters: Josh Pickard; Dan Will, engineer; Robby Pickard; and resident families Mindy Munns, with her son Koda Kolai; Gaemus Collins; Steve Ortiz, United Way president & CEO; Seth Vaughn, United Way development director; captain Brian Wall; Tracy Collins with son Elllington and Eliza (photo by Priscilla)


Anticipating the sounds from Santa Barbara Symphony under the direction of conductor Nir Kabaretti are Adam Gilman, SBS president Don Gilman; Gaja Hubbard Kaberitti; SBS Board member Howard Jay Smith; Jack Fetters, Deana Gilman, and Tricia Dixon (photo by Priscilla)

High and Lowe

Actor Rob Lowe roasted Bella Thorne in an Instagram after she complained of her traffic woes among the carnage of the Montecito mudslides.

The 20-year-old Worst Enemy actress tweeted “F**ck u 101 Barbara. I’m missing my boyfriend’s first date on his tour,” in reference to rapper Mod Sun.

Rob, 53, lost no time in shooting back: “This attitude is why people hates celebrities and Hollywood. Bella I’m sorry you were inconvenienced. We will try to move out our dead quicker!”

Bloom Bash

British actor Orlando Bloom has been following the footsteps of is former girlfriend Santa Barbara warbler Katy Perry and celebrating his 41st birthday at a lavish bash in Marrakech, Morocco.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor joined Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, 43, and 150 other guests at the trendy Le Palace restaurant before heading to the Raspoutine Marrakech nightclub.

Four years ago, Katy marked her 30th birthday in the same city at the luxury Amanjena Hotel.

Fond Farewell

On a personal note, I mark the passing of one of the Santa Barbara Polo Club’s most stalwart members, Elizabeth Skene, at the age of 104.

A regular attendee, presenting the annual Robert Skene Trophy named after her late husband, “Hurricane” Bob Skene, who held a top 10-goal rating for an astounding 17 years. He died in 1997, aged 83.

Elizabeth, who I had known for 10 years, was a most gracious and charming lady, and her weekly presence with ambassador Glen Holden and his wife, Gloria, was a wonderful tradition.

Elizabeth will be much missed.

Sightings: Actor Ashton Kutcher shopping at Whole Foods…Oscar winner Jeff Bridges masticating at Opal…Comedian Steve Martin checking out the wares at C’est Cheese

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