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2013 Gold Rush Gala

April 20, 2013

Composer Kurt Weill’s first operetta, “Down in the Valley” was a melodrama set in the Old West. On April 20, 2013 the Santa Barbara Choral Society interpreted this tale of star-crossed lovers as a highlight of its gala fundraiser at the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara. Arts patrons Marilyn and Dick Mazess were the Honorary Chairs for the event whose theme, “Gold Rush!” was inspired by the operetta.

The party began with signature cocktails served in Mason jars and lots of gossip from all the townspeople from “the Valley.” A performance of “Down in the Valley” with chorus, four soloists and a “sheriff” on horseback, was led by Choral Society Artistic Director Jo Anne Wasserman. Passed appetizers as well as dinner was cooked on site by one of the most renowned Western Barbeque chefs in the region, Cowboy Flavors’ Billy Ruiz. Wines were provided by Curtis Winery. Line dancing, led by professional caller John Ryan, had guests on their feet till the saloon closed. The event also included a live auction and  fundraiser for the SBCS’ holiday 2013 move to the historic Lobero Theater.

Hats off to the planning committee!
Gala planning group