Written by Mary Dan Eades on November 26, 2018

Montecito Miscellany
by Richard Mineards

Montecito Journal
22-29 November, 2018 Issue

On a High Note

Santa Barbara Choral Society, which pefoms its Hallelujah Project 6 at the Lobero on December 8 and 9 with Sound of Music actress Angela Cartwright narrating ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, celebrated with a fall soirée at the Montecito aerie of Todd and Allyson Aldrich.

Santa Barbara Choral Society Board members: host and director Todd Aldrich, tenor; Debra Stewart, director, past president and soprano; Manu Geiger-Kolbitsch, treasurer and soprano; Jim Robbins, vice president and bass; Karen Williams, president and alto; Claudia Scott, secretary, alto; and Val Noronha, director and bass (photo by Priscilla)

The fun 30-guest fete, after the Thomas Fire caused the cancellation of one of last year’s Yuletide shows and Cartwright cancelling her appearance because of concerns about the smoke affecting her voice, oozed with optimism with JoAnne Wasserman, in her 26th year as music director, describing this year’s show as “quite a dazzler.”

Guests at athe party, catered by Via Maestra, included Peter and Karen BrillMichael and Mary Dan EadesBrian and Giselle McDermottGary and Kate ReesSteve and Debra StewartRoss and Karen Williams, and Jim and Susan Robbins.

At poolside are Ross Williams and Choral Society president Karen Williams; Kate (alto) and Gary Rees, Karen (soprano) and Peter Brill, and caterer Renato of Via Maestra (photo by Priscilla)

Gathered are members of the Choral Society chorus: Cathy Binger, soprano; Paula Von Simson; Mary Dan Eades, soprano; Birthe Francis; Susan Robbins, alto; Jody Dolan Holehouse, alto; Michael Eades; Linda Shobe, alto; and Bart Francis, alto (photo by Priscilla)