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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 Junior High Show Choir, under director Carolyn Ross and actress Alison Sweeney, a long- time star on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives and former host of The Biggest Loser, narrating ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

The two-hour show kicked off with O Come, O Come Emanuel, with the audience joining in a rousing O Come All Ye Faithful, before wrapping with Sleighride and A Symphony of Carols.

A real Christmas cracker.