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Visions of Peace and Freedom Concert to Include the Santa Barbara Premiere of “The Journey of Harriet Tubman”

Join the Santa Barbara Choral Society and orchestra, under the baton of Jo Anne Wasserman, as we pay tribute to composers of the 20th and 21st centuries with Visions of Peace and Freedom.

Saturday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church
21 E. Constance Avenue
Santa Barbara

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ powerful Dona Nobis Pacem, a plea for
peace that was composed only a few years before the outbreak of
World War II, comprises the first portion of the program. This cantata, written for chorus with full orchestra, uses text taken from the Bible and poems by Walt Whitman.

• In celebration of Black History Month, we present the Santa Barbara premiere of The Journey of Harriet Tubman by Ron Kean. This moving piece is comprised of spirituals, and incorporates West African instruments as well as multimedia to enhance the story of Harriet Tubman’s path to freedom.

• Additional spirituals by Rollo Dilworth and Shawn Kirchner complete the concert.

Soprano Jill Burdick and Baritone Ralph Cato join us for this special
concert. Don’t miss it!

Tickets: only $10 general admission adult/$7 for kids 7-17. VIP tickets $50 includes Saturday pre-concert or Sunday post-concert reception.
Tickets for both performances will be available for purchase at the door.

Major funding for this concert provided by Diane Dodds Reichert and David Reichert.

Additional funding was provided by The Ann Jackson Family Foundation and
The Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts, a field of interest fund of the Santa Barbara Foundation.

Our programs are funded in part by the Community Organizational Development Grant program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture.


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Ron Kean

Ron Kean, composer of “The Journey of Harriet Tubman”

Jill Burdick

Jill Burdick, Soprano

Ralph Cato

Ralph Cato, Baritone