Sunday, September 24th, 2:30 – 4:30 pm, Godric Grove, Elings Park
Celebrate Santa Barbara Revels’ own change of seasons, as we transition from last December’s show, featuring music from the hearths and Highlands of Scotland, to this year’s setting on Ellis Island, gateway to the New World.
This December’s production of The Revels features an entertaining and eclectic mix of Irish, Jewish, and Mexican traditions in music, dance and story-telling, with three performances on December 16th and 17th, at the Lobero Theatre.
For this EQUINOX celebration, Music Director Mica Basilici brings together a diverse ensemble of special musical artists, including Luis Moreno and Miguelita León on guitar, Anna Mooy on violin, and Rebekah Scogin on harp, concertina, and accordion. Selections include “Galway Bay,” “The Rising of the Moon,” a Ladino song entitled “Kuando el Rey Nimrod,” and “Pájaro cu.” Mica also will provide some opportunities for everyone to sing along with the ensemble, with traditional favorites “Wild Mountain Thyme” and “Loch Lomond.” Anna Jensen, well-known local dramaturg, will make an informative presentation about the background and origins of the musical traditions prior to the concert, and there will be a reception with delicious wine and hors d’oeuvres for an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists.
Free parking is available in the upper lot at Elings Park, and Godric Grove is fully accessible. Tickets for the reception, discussion and concert are $35 in advance and $40 at the concert. Tickets & more info
FALL ONLINE AUCTION, October 6th through 16th
Shop in the comfort of your own home!. Exciting opportunities await you, including dinner at your favorite restaurants, wonderful getaway packages in Montecito, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Big Bear. We have special performances, deluxe personal services, unique experiences, and special gifts. More info
HARBOR SING: Sunday, October 15th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Enjoy an exhilarating cruise around Santa Barbara Harbor aboard the Condor Express. Sea air, sunset, and singing make for an unmatched combination! Revels Songleader Mica Basilici will get everyone involved with an eclectic selection of sea shanties, favorite folk songs, and other traditional tunes. Savory snacks, a songbook, and a no-host bar included for a fabulous time! Tickets & more info
EQUINOX: A Concert in Celebration of the Changing Seasons, Sunday, September 24th, 2:30 – 4:30 pm, Godric Grove, Elings Park; Tickets & more info
FALL ONLINE AUCTION: starts October 6th, and benefits our year-round community-based programming & events. More info
HARBOR SING: Sea air, sunset, and singing make for an unmatched combination! Sunday, October 15th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm; Tickets & more info
THE REVELS: A Winter Solstice Celebration, “Tales from Ellis Island”, December 16th and 17th, Lobero Theatre
December 1743: The Laird's neighbors gathered at his great manor-house to celebrate Hogmanay, or New Year's Eve. Tempers flared as the Clans converged, then subsided when the guests mingled, singing much-loved melodies, taking a cup together, dancing lively reels, and relating favorite stories. Suddenly, an unwelcome visitor appeared. Then, a mystery guest was revealed. Finally, a child's questions elicited a true understanding of the Yuletide.
See photos and download the program booklet on the 2022 Gallery page.
Santa Barbara Revels celebrates a diverse range of cultural traditions by blending music, dance and storytelling in our staged celebrations of the Winter Solstice and other seasons.
We present a number of public events throughout the year. From concerts like Equinox to more informal community pub-sings, there is always an upcoming Revels happening.
The highlight of our season is The Revels, a joyful theatrical celebration of the winter solstice that travels the world each year showcasing cultural traditions including music, dance, and folktales.