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When in Rome… Our Annual Spring Gala + Concert

When in Rome… do as the Romans do! Treat yourself to una sera dolce (a sweet evening) of food, vino, music, and fun!

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Join us May 21st from 5:30 to 9:00 pm for our annual spring gala fundraiser!

We will take you on a Roman Holiday, transporting you to the Italy made famous in the films of Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, and, of course, Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, as we turn the beautiful Rockwood Woman’s Club into our little corner of Italy and offer you a delightful evening with strolling musicians, fabulous Italian antipasti, limoncello cocktails, buffet dinner (pasta feast, gluten-free and vegetarian options available) catered by Via Maestra 42, as well as vino, imported gelato, and espresso!  We encourage you to don your chic Italian finest and big sunglasses and get into the spirit!

Silent auction will feature Italian-themed baskets and bundles to bid on and the exciting live auction will cap the evening with the chance to bid on (and WIN!) fabulous vacation stays in Provence and Tuscany and more!  All, of course, to benefit keeping the song alive in Santa Barbara, now and for future generations!


 The theme is Italian because Conductor JoAnne Wasserman and members of the Santa Barbara Choral Society will be traveling to Italy in June as cultural emissaries of our community on our 4th International Performance Tour singing, among other things, Lauridsen WITH Lauridsen (yes, the legendary composer will be traveling with us!)  While there, we’ll be performing in beautiful cathedrals and chiesas with fabulous acoustics in Naples, Rome, Florence, and Lecco (on the shores of Lake Como).

The evening’s gala entertainment will enchant you! You’ll enjoy A World of Song Concert , the acapella and keyboard accompanied repertoire the chorus will be taking on our 4th International Performance Tour in June and this is your chance to get a sneak preview! Plus, you’ll hear the choral premiere of Jeanette Vacca’s enchanting song “Santa Barbara”!

(Of course, you can also join us–and our honored guest, the legendary composer Morten Lauridsen…yes the Morten Lauridsen–on tour and hear it live in Italy! A few seats on the tour remain, so if you’d like to come along, go to our website for all the details and then email us at info@sbchoral.org.  We’d love to have you be a part of this magical musical adventure!)


GALA Tickets:  Un billeto singolo (A Single Ticket) $125 per person, includes all the fun, the sumptuous Italian buffet feast, table seating, and the concert.


Sponsor a Table of 8 and bring your friends! $1800, Includes all the fun, reserved seating, first call for the sumptuous Italian  buffet feast, vino replenishment ad libitum, a bottle of hand-crafted limoncello for the table host, VIP reserved seating at the concert, and more!


When in Rome… Gala + Concert

Saturday May 21, 2016

Rockwood Women’s Club

670 Mission Canyon Road

 Please call our office at 805-965-6577 or email info@sbchoral.org for more information!