The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, known for lyrical and diverse choral and orchestral programs, continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary with the Spring Concert Series on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Solvang Veterans Hall. 

Under the direction of Dr. Michael Eglin, the 50-member Chorale, singers from other local groups and a 17-piece orchestra will begin the celebration with Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.  Originally called the Mass for Troubled Times, it was “nicknamed” Lord Nelson Mass in 1798 when it was associated with Admiral Horatio Nelson’s victory over Napoleon in the Battle of the Nile.  It is considered the composer’s “greatest single composition.”

The second half of the concert celebrates with jazz standards, contemporary tunes and rock covers including Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing, Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, Dolly Parton’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning, and Swedish pop group ABBA’s Waterloo and Take a Chance On Me.  Special guests including Song-In-My-Heart Guitar Studio, and the concert will close with Eric Idle’s rousing and comedic Always Look On the Bright Side of Life. 

Chorale president Shannon Casey describes the concert as, “our anniversary present to the community.  We selected music that we love to sing and believe our audience would love to hear.  It’s powerful, uplifting, fun and joyfully announces our commitment to making beautiful music for another 40 years.” 

Tickets purchased in advance of the concert are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors (65 and over) and youth (18 and under).  They may be purchased at The Book Loft, El Rancho Market Place, from Chorale members and online by visiting  An early bird ticket special (10% discount) is available online until April 16.  Tickets at the door are $35 and $30.

Chorale members come from throughout the County and its novice and professional singers range from 8 to 80+ years. The Chorale is a nonprofit organization, completing its 40th year of presenting beautiful choral music in the Valley.

Santa Ynez Valley News, January 4th, 2018

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