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Carmina Burana June 2008

Medieval musing and massing : Impressive merger brought Carmina Burana to life Saturday at The Granada JOSEF WOODARD, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT June 2, 2008 7:23 AM State Street Ballet and Santa Barbara Choral Society brought William Soleau’s choreography for “Carmina Burana” to The Granada on Saturday, featuring Victoria Luchkina, left, as the Swan. It was another Read More »

May 2012 Durufle Requiem/ Dilworth Rain Sequence

Mar 14 2012 – 2:16am Santa Barbara NewsPress JOSEF WOODARD, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT Some brave new ideas seem so right and logical as to feel older than they, in fact, are. Take the Santa Barbara Choral Society’s “Masterworks at San Roque” series, still a fresh and evolving idea for the esteemed choral group, but settling in Read More »

Faure Requiem May 2010

For anyone questioning the logic or sensitivity factor in programming a Requiem as the main event of a Sunday afternoon “Mother’s Day” choral concert, consider the primary caveat: Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem” is a decidedly lighter model of the form. As heard in a solid, moving performance by the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Sunday at Los Read More »

Verdi Requiem May 2009

Sweeping religious music goes operatic : Theme of liberation at the heart of Choral Society’s Requiem performance May 19 2009 JOSEF WOODARD, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT Though immortalized as one of history’s greatest opera composers, in Requiem, Guiseppi Verdi created one of the greatest and most enduring classics of the choral music repertoire, particularly among major 19th Read More »