Desperate efforts over the past week to keep the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra alive failed last night when the board voted to shut down the orchestra after 38 years.
‘Efforts to garner increased community support and seat a new Board came up short,’ said Board Chair Joe Campanelli. ‘I want to personally thank all those who have supported this great orchestra over the years. The organization also deeply appreciates the extraordinary dedication of our talented musicians and brilliant music director, Heiichiro Ohyama, as well as our Board. If funding is available, a grand celebratory concert may be planned.’