SB Choral Society Goes to the “Proms”for its Downton Abbey-Themed Gala

Posted on May 18 by SEASONS Magazine

Brooks and Kate Firestone with Royal Chef McGrady, courtesy Santa Barbara Choral Society.

Brooks and Kate Firestone with Royal Chef McGrady, courtesy Santa Barbara Choral Society.

On Saturday, May 20, the Santa Barbara Choral Society will hold its annual Spring gala and concert, evoking the famed Masterpiece Theatre series, Downton Abbey at the beginning of the Jazz Age, at the Rockwood Woman’s Club (670 Mission Canyon Rd.) from 5 – 9:30 p.m.

Named “Rockwood Abbey,” the concert, featuring choruses from Carmen, La Traviata, Alcina, Il Trovatore, Nabucco and selections from Gilbert & Sullivan, will be held at 6 p.m. in the club’s ballroom, which will be converted into a sophisticated Art Deco “Proms” scene, with appetizers and fine wine.

The chorus, conducted by Artistic Director Jo Anne Wasserman and accompanied by David Potter, will also premiere “Did I Make the Most of Loving You,” arranged by Jason Pano and written to the musical theme from Downton Abbey.

Subsequently, guests will feast on a British menu by Former Royal Chef Darren McGrady, who was chef to Queen Elizabeth II and the late Princess Diana and her sons. Chef McGrady will speak on his 15 years at Buckingham Palace and be on hand all night to entertain guests with tales of his life at the palace. With additional experience cooking for five U.S. presidents, McGrady is an author, culinary consultant, event planner and highly sought-after public speaker who currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

For tickets and more information, call 805/965-6577 or visit sbchoral.org.

—Kathryn Shim

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