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Hallelujah Project 3 December 2015

Montecito Miscellany by Richard Mineards A Christmas Choral Longtime music director JoAnne Wasserman was clearly in her element when the Santa Barbara Choral Society staged its third annual Hallelujah Project at the Lobero. The concert, which of course included Handel’s uplifting Hallelujah Chorus, was a glorious Yuletide miscellany of seasonal cheer featuring the Goleta Valley Read More »

Carmina Burana at the Granada: SB Independent Review

Ballet, Choir, and Symphony Present a Masterpiece Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by GUSTAVO URIBE In the land described in the book The Hyborian Age by author Robert E. Howard, a Cimmerian boy, born on the battlefield to a blacksmith, arose to conquer, swearing to a deity called Crom. Conan, as he was named, eventually claimed Read More »

Carmina Burana: A Cavalcade of Cooperation

Dan Kepl reviews the October 17/18, 2015 performance of Carmina Burana for Casa Magazine. A CAVALCADE OF COOPERATION ignited a musical and visual event marking the opening of the Santa Barbara Symphony‘s [and Santa Barbara Choral Society’s] concert season. Last Saturday’s full house at the Granada Theatre gave currency, literally, to the value of collaborative Read More »

Review: Beethoven’s 9th with Music Academy Festival Orchestra

S.B. Choral Society Joins Academy Festival Orchestra for “Ode to Joy” Thursday, June 25, 2015 by CHARLES DONELAN This ambitious opening concert of the Music Academy of the West’s Festival Orchestra season featured the Santa Barbara Choral Society and four vocal soloists in order to fulfill the requirements of the finale to Ludwig Van Beethoven’s monumentalSymphony Read More »

Beethoven’s 9th – SB Newspress Review

Saturday’s gala opening concert of the Music Academy of the West orchestra took on Beethoven’s Ninth, from two angles By Josef Woodard, News-Press Correspondent Alien-themed Summer Solstice paraders and partakers may well have noticed the eye-catching feature on the Granada Theatre marquee along the parade route, promising that pillar of western civilization, Beethoven’s Ninth – Read More »

Porgy and Bess with Santa Barbara Symphony May 2015

Review: A Rousing Season Finale for the Symphony at the Granada on Saturday, May 16 Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by CHARLES DONELAN As maestro Nir Kabaretti enters his second decade with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the time feels right not so much for retrospection as for celebration. Last Saturday night, the symphony’s executive director, David Pratt, Read More »

Hallelujah! Project 2 December 2014

SB NewsPress Review: A Seasonal Sampler Box Santa Barbara Choral Society’s second annual ‘Hallelujah! Project’ deftly mixes light and serious fare at the Lobero By Josef Woodard, News-Press Correspondent December 19, 2014 11:17 AM Handel was in the house. So was Santa Claus. Welcome back to the Santa Barbara Choral Society’s second annual holiday show, Read More »

Masterworks 2014 Haydn, Bruckner, Lauridsen, Gjeilo

CONCERT REVIEW: Leaping across centuries – Santa Barbara Choral Society presents bold program By JOSEF WOODARD, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT April 5, 2014 6:35 PM If the first quarter of 2014 is any indication, we’re in the midst of a banner year for the choral music cause and subculture in Santa Barbara. The choral muse was bestowing Read More »

Hallelujah Project 2013

High­low variety hours ­ Santa Barbara Choral Society’s ‘Hallelujah Project’ is a crowd­pleaser By JOSEF WOODARD, NEWS­PRESS CORRESPONDENT December 22, 2013 12:19 AM Santa Barbara’s choral music fans may be going through a touch of “Messiah” withdrawal this year. Handel’s great “Messiah,” that Baroque staple of the Christmas season, was heard in half its length Read More »

Verdi’s Greatest Hits with SB Symphony

CONCERT REVIEW: Operatic flair takes the stage : Santa Barbara Symphony, with vocal and choral help, grandly celebrates Verdi JOSEF WOODARD, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT February 11, 2014 7:17 AM Master Italian opera composer Verdi’s milestone 200th birthday year ensures an even greater Verdian presence in the public eye and ear. Opera companies around the globe and Read More »