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Italy 2016 Int’l Performance Tour

Four Talented Soloists traveled to Italy with SBCS to perform Lauridsen

Tour Composite

On June 14, Conductor JoAnne Wasserman took a combined chorus of singers from Santa Barbara Choral Society and Berkeley’s University of California Alumni Chorus to Italy for concerts in Naples, Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Lecco.  Traveling with the group was the legendary composer, Morten Lauridsen, arguably America’s finest living composer and his works were featured in both concert repertoires.

With Nova Amadeus Orchestra in Naples and Pisa, Ms. Wasserman conducted the chorus and these four talented soloists in performances of Mozart Requiem and Dr. Lauridsen’s signature work, Lux Aeterna.

In Rome, Florence, and Lecco, the group delighted Italian audiences with an acappella and keyboard accompanied repertoire concert, A World of Song, featuring the work of mainly American composers, including American Spirituals, Aaron Copland, Stephen Paulus, and a set of Lauridsen favorites, including his O Magnum Mysterium, Dirait-on from the suite Les Chansons des Roses, and Sure on this Shining Night.  On the latter two pieces, Dr. Lauridsen accompanied the chorus on keyboard. The Italian audiences welcomed Dr. Lauridsen with great gusto.

The trip was the fourth International Performance Tour for Santa Barbara Choral Society and Ms. Wasserman, with previous tours to Austria, Czech Republic, and Hungary in 2005; Italy and Bavaria (including Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican) in 2007, and Spain in 2011 (the latter also with members of UCAC Berkley chorus.)

We were delighted to serve as cultural ambassadors of the vibrant Santa Barbara arts scene to the wider global community and to introduce these audiences to the works of Dr. Lauridsen and other great American composers.


Take a listen…

Mozart Requiem Naples June 17 and Pisa June 22

Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna Pisa June 22

A World of Song Lecco on June 25