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Composers Then and Now Series Explores Dilworth and Mozart

Headshot Rollo Dilworth - colorIf you love Mozart (and who doesn’t) we’ve got you covered this March. But Santa Barbarans, who also love music with that uplifting gospel/spiritual vibe, are in for a real treat. African American composer, Dr. Rollo Dilworth, of Temple University in Philadelphia, will be the featured guest of our upcoming Composers: Then and Now concert at the Lobero (March 28/29).

The format of this series exlpores the repertoire of a living composer juxtaposed against works of the past great masters who influenced him and usually includes (as it will in this case) the composer, on stage, in discussion of these influences.  In this instance, Dr. Dilworth has chosen Mozart as his influencer, represented by the chorus and orchestra in performance of his Vesperae Solennes de Confessore under the baton of  conductor JoAnne Wasserman.  The second half of the concert will focus on selections of Dr. Dilworth’s music, with the composer conducting.

The Composers Series concerts are about education and inspiration as much as entertainment, though you can count on plenty of the latter as well!  A key component of the series is to involve the youth of our community and inspire their desire to sing and keep singing. Toward that end, in advance of the concert, the Choral Society will bring Dr. Dilworth to Santa Barbara to conduct a workshop/clinic with the young singers of San Marcos High School at their campus.  And, their involvement won’t stop in the classroom. The San Marcos High singers will join us on stage at Lobero to perform some of Dr. Dilworth’s repertoire.

Take note of one piece in particular–Shine the Heavenly Light–a new work that the Choral Society commissioned, in collaboration with other Chorus America member choruses.  This performance will mark its West Coast premier. Whatever your age or level of musical sophistication, Dr. Dilworth’s music is guaranteed to uplift your spirit and set your hands to clapping and your toes to tapping. Don’t miss it.

Saturday March 28 at 8 pm

Sunday March 29 at 3 pm

Tickets: $24, $34, $44 and $12 for students with ID or children with parents. (Pricing includes the $2-$4 Lobero facility fee.)  Available at the Lobero box office, in person, by calling (805) 963-0761 or online.

Don’t miss this exciting performance!