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70th Anniversary Season 2017-18 Announced

Since our founding in 1948, we’ve been singing for Santa Barbara continuously for 70 years, offering area singers the opportunity to study and perform great choral masterworks and by those performances contribute to keeping the works alive for the cultural benefit of our community locally, regionally, and even globally. Though now, as we begin our Read More »

Auditions Aug 26/27: if you love to sing, come join us.

Here’s why: You’ll be a part of Santa Barbara’s longest running adult chorus (founded in 1948) made up of 100+ passionate amateur and professional singers from diverse backgrounds, accepted annually by audition. You’ll enjoy studying great choral masterworks (and other interesting music) and the thrill of performing with orchestra to appreciative audiences in grand venues, including Read More »

Hallelujah Project 4 – SB Newspress Review

CONCERT REVIEW: Taking holiday music seriously, and lightly The Santa Barbara Choral Society continued its grand, effective concept of mixing serious Christmas music with lighter fare, with ‘The Hallelujah! Project 4’ By JOSEF WOODARD, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT The Santa Barbara Choral Society, led be JoAnne Wasserman and joined by members of the Santa Barbara Symphony, performed Read More »

Beethoven Ode to Joy Kicks off 2016-17 Season

Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Saturday, October 15, 2016; 8:00 PM Sunday, October 16, 2016; 3:00 PM at Granada Theatre The Ultimate Symphony Experience Celebrate the grandeur of music with Beethoven’s 9th, his final and most famous symphony. Our season opener unites the entire community, featuring the choruses of the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Quire Read More »

Handel’s Messiah 275th Anniversary Commemoration Concert

The 275th Anniversary Year Tribute to Handel’s Messiah on March 18 and 19 at 7 pm!  SATURDAY MARCH 19TH PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT! Though long associated with the Christmas season, the first performance of Handel’s best-known and most-beloved oratorio occurred at Easter, on April 2, 1742 in Dublin, Ireland. In fact, it was never performed at Read More »

Gala 2015 A Night of Merriment

Merriment and Money – by Richard Mineards, Montecito Miscellany To celebrate its forthcoming production of Carl Orff’s spectacular Carmina Burana – based on 12th century poems – with the Santa Barbara Symphony [and State Street Ballet] on its 63rd opening night at the Granada in October, the Santa Barbara Choral Society hosted “In Taberna: A Night Read More »

Spring 2015 Gala offers a Night of Medieval Merriment

Come ye, come ye all ye Lords and Ladies on May 30th, 2015 to the Great Hall at the Music Academy of the West for In Taberna, where you’ll revel in a fantastic night of feasting, imbibing, and dancing, and be amazed by magic, music, mystery and more!  HURRY — ONLY A FEW SEAT REMAIN! Read More »

Composers Series 2015 at Lobero

This concert explores works evoking faith, praise, and deliverance, as seen through the eyes of three composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ola Gjeilo, and Rollo Dilworth. The journey begins with Mozart’s great masterwork Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K 339, written in Salzburg in 1780. The original manuscript was destroyed in World War II, but didn’t shed Read More »

Montecito Journal Reviews Hallelujah Project 2

Hallelujah Project 2 Lobero Theatre December 13/14, 2014 Longtime music director JoAnne Wasserman was in her element when the Santa Barbara Choral Society played its second annual The Hallelujah! Project at the Lobero. The sold-out concert, which of course included Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, was a wonderful Yuletide miscellany of seasonal cheer featuring the Santa Barbara Read More »

Stephanie Zimbalist to appear in Hallelujah Project at Lobero

Santa Barbara Choral Society and Orchestra will welcome actress Stephanie Zimbalist to the Lobero stage on December 13 and 14 as special guest celebrity narrator for our fun-filled holiday concert, the Hallelujah Project 2014. Ms. Zimbalist, the daughter of late beloved iconic television actor, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr (and granddaughter of famed opera singer Alma Gluck and Read More »