Staff Report

Feel the intensity of the rhythms, marvel at the harmonies, and lose track of time listening to your favorite ballads, blues and classics when the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and a professional concert orchestra perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall.

The group’s spring concert series will celebrate some of the best of old and new in music. Beethoven’s “Hallelujah” from “Christ on the Mount of Olives” was written in 1802 and Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine” in 1865. Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” and “The Days of Wine and Roses” were written in 1961 and 1962.

Other selections include “The Water is Wide,” based on a Scottish folk song (1906), “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (1933), “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” ranked sixth of the songs of the century (1941), and “House of the Rising Sun,” an Anglo-American ballad (older than New Orleans).

Tickets purchased in advance are $20 for adults and $18 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, and at Tickets at the door are $25 and $20.

Chorale members, who come from throughout the county, range from novices to professionals and from 8 to more than 80 years old. The chorale is a nonprofit organization, coming into its 40th year of presenting choral music in the valley.