Visionaries in Trinity

By Richard Mineards   |   May 28, 2024
The Santa Barbara Choral Society’s Trinity Lutheran Church (photo by Zach Mendez)
Michal Dawson Connor, Becca Clarke, JoAnne Wasserman, Elissa Johnston, and Jimmer Bolden (photo by Zach Mendez)

The Santa Barbara Choral Society’s season finale at the Trinity Lutheran Church was a sellout, the 70-voice chorus accompanied by a 28-piece orchestra with guest soloists soprano Elissa Johnston, Michal Dawson Connor, Jimmer Bolden, and choral society alto section leader Becca Clarke in a “Visionaries, Then & Now” concert.

The entertaining program began with a duet by David Potter on organ and Kathy Marsh on flute in a tender reading of the “Pavane” by Gabriel Fauré, a prelude to the full choral performance of Fauré’s “Requiem.”

A lighter second half presented works by contemporary composers Ola Gjeilo and Christopher Tin.

Leading the ensemble was veteran director JoAnne Wasserman, marking her 31st year at the helm.


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