70th Anniversary Concert: Haydn, Gjeilo, Tin
April 12, 2018
It was an event of high note when the Santa Barbara Choral Society celebrated its 70th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of its director, Jo Anne Wasserman, with two well-attended concerts at the First Presbyterian Church, which included alumnae from past decades.
Highlight of the performances was German composer Franz Joseph Haydn’s 1798 work Missa in Angustiis, better known as Lord Nelson’s Mass, especially poignant in light of the recent catastrophes.
The program also included works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ola Gjeilo, and Christopher Tin, with soloists soprano Rena Harms, tenor Benjamin Brecher, bass Ralph Cato, and mezzo Nina Yoshida Nelsen.
The event also offered free tickets to fire and flood first responders. Music to everyone’s ears.