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Brahms German Requiem – SB Newspress Review

Homage to those passed, and those left By JOSEF WOODARD, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT April 9, 2017 12:26 AM Last weekend at the First Presbyterian Church, the mighty Santa Barbara Choral Society, abetted by a full orchestra, pulled off an impressive feat, one with roots in classic choral repertoire but with its own special niche. Brahms’ “Ein Read More »

Hallelujah Homage – Dec 2016

CONCERT REVIEW by Richard Mineards/Montecito Miscellany Veteran music director JoAnne Wasserman was clearly in her element when the Santa Barbara Choral Society staged its fourth annual Hallelujah Project at the Lobero in memory of former board president Dr. Dan Secord, who delivered more than 6,000 new residents in a 35-year medical career. The concert, which Read More »

Hallelujah Project 4 Dec 2016 SB Newspress

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 December 18, 2016 8:02 AM The Santa Barbara Choral Society, led be JoAnne Wasserman and joined by members of Read More »

When in Rome Gala – Review

Rome at Home May 2016 Santa Barbara Choral Society hit a high note at the Rockwood Woman’s Club with its annual fundraiser, When in Rome. The Italian themed sold-out bash for a record 190 guests, which raised around $50,000 for the popular vocal group, was most appropriate as the choir launches its two-week performance tour Read More »

Hallelujah Project 3 December 2015

Montecito Miscellany by Richard Mineards A Christmas Choral Longtime music director JoAnne Wasserman was clearly in her element when the Santa Barbara Choral Society staged its third annual Hallelujah Project at the Lobero. The concert, which of course included Handel’s uplifting Hallelujah Chorus, was a glorious Yuletide miscellany of seasonal cheer featuring the Goleta Valley Read More »

Carmina Burana at the Granada: SB Independent Review

Ballet, Choir, and Symphony Present a Masterpiece Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by GUSTAVO URIBE In the land described in the book The Hyborian Age by author Robert E. Howard, a Cimmerian boy, born on the battlefield to a blacksmith, arose to conquer, swearing to a deity called Crom. Conan, as he was named, eventually claimed Read More »

Carmina Burana: A Cavalcade of Cooperation

Dan Kepl reviews the October 17/18, 2015 performance of Carmina Burana for Casa Magazine. A CAVALCADE OF COOPERATION ignited a musical and visual event marking the opening of the Santa Barbara Symphony‘s [and Santa Barbara Choral Society’s] concert season. Last Saturday’s full house at the Granada Theatre gave currency, literally, to the value of collaborative Read More »

Review: Beethoven’s 9th with Music Academy Festival Orchestra

S.B. Choral Society Joins Academy Festival Orchestra for “Ode to Joy” Thursday, June 25, 2015 by CHARLES DONELAN This ambitious opening concert of the Music Academy of the West’s Festival Orchestra season featured the Santa Barbara Choral Society and four vocal soloists in order to fulfill the requirements of the finale to Ludwig Van Beethoven’s monumentalSymphony Read More »

Beethoven’s 9th – SB Newspress Review

Saturday’s gala opening concert of the Music Academy of the West orchestra took on Beethoven’s Ninth, from two angles By Josef Woodard, News-Press Correspondent Alien-themed Summer Solstice paraders and partakers may well have noticed the eye-catching feature on the Granada Theatre marquee along the parade route, promising that pillar of western civilization, Beethoven’s Ninth – Read More »

Porgy and Bess with Santa Barbara Symphony May 2015

Review: A Rousing Season Finale for the Symphony at the Granada on Saturday, May 16 Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by CHARLES DONELAN As maestro Nir Kabaretti enters his second decade with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the time feels right not so much for retrospection as for celebration. Last Saturday night, the symphony’s executive director, David Pratt, Read More »