Santa Barbara Master Chorale Steven Hodson Leads Group in Stabat Mater

Since its inception in 1984 under the direction of Phillip McClendon, the Santa Barbara Master Chorale has been the only community-based choral group solely dedicated the magical meeting place of orchestra and voice. Directed by Westmont College professor Steven Hodson since 2007, the Chorale has continued to perform bi-annual concerts featuring a variety of music ranging from Baroque to pops, including an especially memorable 2010 performance of Mikis Theodorakis’s setting of Canto General by Pablo Neruda. I only had to hear a few measures on Sunday to remember how powerful is the combination of choir and orchestra, and why so many film composers from John Williams to Howard Shore exploit it to such effect. more

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