Chorale gives grand seasonal prelude : Tea Fire, illness couldn't deter bout of holiday cheer

From the earliest majestic strains of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, grandly presented this weekend by the Santa Barbara Master Chorale, at the First Presbyterian Church, one could sense extra measures of passion from the orchestral and choral forces gathered. Chorale director Steven Hodson, a Westmont faculty member, lost his house in the blaze. But the concert went on and it was dedicated to Mr. Hodson and the many others affected by the ferocious conflagration. more

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