Presenting a special Santa Cruz Singers Holiday Program
A Cantata written by Virginia Benderly

On Thursday January 6, 2022 at 5 PM, the Santa Cruz Singers will present a free special event based on the work by Virginia Benderly. Gini was a member of the original Santa Cruz Singers, a talented musician, painter, writer, founding member of SCFPA and our primary benefactor in building the Opera House. Legends was first performed in Carefree, Arizona, probably in the eighties.


After Gini died in 2009, her original works were bequeathed to the Foundation. I came across her hand-written manuscript during the summer of 2020 – at the peak of the pandemic. I decided to have her score reworked and digitized for the SCS so that we could pay homage to a truly remarkable human being and a dear friend. Of course Joseph and Mary sing their solos in the work, but Gini included some songs for the shepherds’ kids, a high priest, an aging temple custodian and a whole menagerie of animals. Legends is an inspiration!


This concert is free as part of our Outreach Program but donations are always welcomed and appreciated. I hope you will be able to attend. To make a reservation, send an email to me at


Christina Wilhelm

Director Santa Cruz Singers

Virginia Benderly