Children will join the orchestra and adult choir in the performance of traditional holiday music. (Courtesy photo)

Following October’s successful performance of “Carmina Burana,” presented in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony and State Street Ballet, the Santa Barbara Choral Society is readying its eighth Hallelujah Project to begin the holiday season, 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Lobero Theatre.

The playlist includes seasonal classics and traditional holiday music, performed by chorus, orchestra, and children, who are drawn this year from the Music Academy’s Sing! program.

The music, chosen by JoAnne Wasserman, artistic director/conductor, includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Cantata 191” (Gloria in Excelsis Deo), and a selection of music by Irving Berlin, Mack Wilberg, Randall Bass, and John Williams’ holiday songs from the film “Home Alone,” along with “Light the Legend, a Song for Chanukah.”

The concert marks Wasserman’s 30th season with the organization.

Audience members will hear the orchestrated version of Clement Moore’s classic “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” which in past years has been performed by Andrew Firestone, comedienne Fannie Flagg, actresses Stephanie Zimbalist, Alison Sweeney and Shirley Jones.

This year’s guest narrator is Scott Reed, president/CEO of the Music Academy.

Audiences can also anticipate an appearance by that Jolly Old Elf himself, who will stick around for photo ops after the concert.

Tickets are available online at or by calling the Lobero Theatre, 805-963-0761. Tickets range from $50 VIP to $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 17 and under. For more visit The Choral Society at