The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, Youth Ensemble and Orchestra are delighted to announce their Holiday Concert Series, “Festival of Carols” on Saturday, December 16th and Sunday, December 17th. On Saturday, the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, at 3 p.m.  Both concerts will be held in the Solvang Veterans Hall, 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang.  

Under the direction of Dr. Michael Eglin, the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, Youth Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra will fill your heart and ears with the true meaning of Christmas and give you time to slow down and take in the sounds of rich choral voices and a professional orchestra.  

Eglin selected the music for this program around R. Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia of Carols” which is composed on traditional English carols that the audience will easily recognize. The program also has an eclectic mix with works by Vince Guaraldi, Mel Torme, Robert Shaw, John Rutter, and traditional Spanish, French and Danish carols.  

 “This is a holiday celebration in the Valley and one not to be missed,” said Eglin.  “Our program offers something for everyone and celebrates the holiday with a carol sing-a-long, radio classics like “Silver Bells,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “The Christmas Song” and rounds and rhymes from our cultural past.”  

Tickets purchased in advance of the concert are $20 for adults and $15 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, online by visiting or by calling 805-350-4241.  Tickets at the door are $25 and $20.

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, coming into its 40th year of presenting beautiful choral music in the Valley.  

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