The melodies of Ellen Rockne will ring through the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara this Sunday, November 11, at 3 p.m. The singer/songwriter/actress is sure to hit the spot with audiences when her soprano voice reaches those high notes, especially with pianist and singer Anna Abbey in support. Here are four reasons to catch Rockne.
1)A diverse music selection: The genres of the evening’s performance include arias, Broadway hits, folk songs, original tunes, and songs of Leonard Cohen. This repertoire provides a collection of music in which everyone can find something they like.
2) One talented family: Talent isn’t limited just to Ellen in her household. Her husband Brian Andreas is a distinguished storyteller and artist. Andreas uses both electronic and traditional techniques to work in new forms of art and community. He is famous for his series of sculptures called StoryPeople, which are bite-sized experiences encapsulated in wood carving and words.
3) Stay for the soul-searching: Since 1876, the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara has provided a community for self-fulfillment and revelation. The society helps guide community members away from the blinding forces of falsehood and prejudice. The focus is less on a self-proclaimed creed and more on achieving individual aspirations.
4)The talented pianist: Anna Abbey has established herself as a world-class songwriter, pianist, and singer, and brings an elegant sound to incorporate with Rockne’s vocals.