Santa Barbara Choral Society: A Classic and a West Coast Debut

No work of modern French composer Maurice Duruflé is better known than Requiem (1947), his setting of the Latin liturgical texts of theMissa pro defunctis, the “mass for the deceased.” On Saturday night, the audience at San Roque Catholic Church was blessed with a large-scale, electrifying performance of this 45-minute wonder by the Santa Barbara Choral Society, bolstered by the Westmont College Choir and area orchestral players. San Roque’s interior surfaces of stone and wood paneling are notable for their acoustical bounce — a bane for speech, but a sumptuous reverb for choral music. more

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