Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra Honors Mahri Kerley

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra honored Chaucer's Bookstore founder and longtime community arts patron Mahri Kerley for her extraordinary service and commitment to the ensemble during a University Club luncheon on Thursday, August 18. The program featured a lively Q&A with Ms. Kerley and Chamber Orchestra Board Chairman Joe Campanelli.

"We are very grateful for Mahri's continued support and leadership, which have been integral to this organization's success," said Kevin A. Marvin, executive director of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. "Her contributions and commitment to our community are truly remarkable."

Born in Canada, Ms. Kerley opened Chaucer's in 1974. The store has become a beloved cultural institution, admired for its charm and its longevity in the face of economic pressures that have felled many competitors. In May, Ms. Kerley was among 10 local businesswomen honored by the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation. She has been a Chamber Orchestra patron for more than 20 years, and was appointed to the SBCO Board in 2009.

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra's 2016-17 season will open October 8 at the Lobero Theatre with a performance of Dvo?ák's "New World" Symphony and Gershwin's Concerto in F featuring acclaimed pianist Wendy Chen. The ensemble will present eight concerts during its 38th season, including appearances by noted soloists Paul Huang (violin) and Alessio Bax (piano).

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Founded in 1978, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra is devoted to presenting concerts and programming of exceptional quality, and to fostering engagement with classical music among community members of all ages. The organization's reputation for excellence has long attracted musicians of uncommon achievement. Current and former SBCO musicians perform with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Symphony. Acclaimed conductor Heiichiro Ohyama has served as music director of the ensemble since 1983. For more information, visit

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