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Haydn’s Mass for Troubled Times (Lord Nelson), Vaughan Williams, Gjeilo, and Tin – April 7-8, 2018

Come join us to celebrate 70 years of Choral Society history!


As the Choral Society turns 70 and Conductor Jo Anne Wasserman takes the podium in her 25th season, she’s planned a 70th Anniversary Concert repertoire that spans the choral canon from the classical to the modern, reflective of the uninterrupted journey from SBCS’s inception just post WWII to today. The program will begin with Josef Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Mass for Troubled Times, better known as the “Lord Nelson Mass”) featuring chorus, orchestra, and a quartet of amazing solo voices: Rena Harms, Soprano; Nina Yoshida Nelsen, Mezzo; Benjamin Brecher, Tenor; and Ralph Cato, Bass. Bringing it forward, the concert’s second half will shine the spotlight on modern composers–a key tenet of our Mission–with works of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ola Gjeilo, and Christopher Tin.

The choice of Mass for Troubled Times is especially poignant in light of the recent catastrophic fire, flood, and mud that has beset our community and the loss of life that it wrought. Our times have certainly been troubled of late. We have collectively been besieged by cataclysmic weather instead of the predations of war, as was the case in Austria when Haydn penned this work, but like the Austrian audiences of his day, we cry out as one for a return of peace and safety. And like them we can find solace in the same powerful music. Join your friends and neighbors to come together and let this glorious Mass wash over you and bring you peace.

To celebrate our septuagenarian status, Ms. Wasserman plans to invite all SBCS alumni (former singers) to attend and join the chorus in concert to sing one selection from the last of Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. Those who wish to do so, should contact our office via email (info@sbchoral.org) or by phone (805-965-6577) for more information. (Score and opportunities to rehearse in advance will be arranged.)

Saturday April 7 at 8 pm
Sunday April 8 at 3 pm
First Presbyterian Church
State and Constance St.

Tickets: $25 adults open seating, $70 VIP* section, $7 kids 7 to 17 with adult ONLINE TICKET SALES NOW CLOSED – TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
(*VIP seating includes invitation to pre-concert reception Saturday or post-concert reception Sunday)

SBCS ALUMNI SPECIAL OFFER – call our office to take advantage of a BUY 1 GET 1 FREE ticket offer as a 70th Anniversary ‘Homecoming’ gift!

 BUY TICKETS ONLINE  or call our office at 805-965-6577.

Special thanks to Hutton Parker Foundation and Northern Trust for making our 70th Annviversary insert possible.  Read the full insert here.

We also wish to thank our concert sponsors and media sponsors:

Masterworks Sponsors: Brooks and Kate Firestone and Diane Dodds Reichert

Our season is funded in part by an Organizational Development Grant program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.