This collection is made up of the songs that El Coro del Real Presidio de Santa Barbara performed from 1991 to 2009 for its
yearly event Las Posadas, as well as several other performances.
Elizabeth Hvolboll and Luis Moreno are founders of El Coro del Real Presidio de Santa Barbara, a local choral group which
celebrates and performs music of the Californios. The group sings in Santa Barbara’s annual Una Noche de Las Posadas, a holiday
event which has been a long-time community tradition in Santa Barbara. Las Posadas (The Inns) commemorates Mary and Joseph’s
journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem and their nine-day search for shelter. Una Noche de Las Posadas, a one-night version of
the celebration, begins with traditional holiday songs performed in the candlelit Presidio Chapel by El Coro del Real Presidio
de Santa Bárbara. Guests are invited to join the choir in a procession led by children portraying an angel, Joseph, and Mary
as well as their small burro as they stroll and sing their way to State Street and into De la Guerra Plaza, in search of lodging.
The procession ends at Casa de la Guerra as Joseph and Mary finally find shelter and attendees enjoy more singing, traditional
refreshments and a piñata for children. This holiday tradition was brought to Santa Barbara by its Spanish and Mexican settlers
and is still observed throughout the American Southwest as a religious and social celebration.
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for publication is given on behalf of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Research Center as the owner of the
physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
Collection is open to researchers.