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Season

The 2019-2020 / 80th Season of Masterworks Chorale

Third season of Kevin Leong as Music Director of Masterworks Chorale

Our three-concert series in Sanders Theatre and Old South Church features treasured and exciting choral music performed with the Chorale and acclaimed guest artists.

The season includes two nights of our popular Messiah Sing during the holiday season.

During the summer Masterworks Chorale sponsors six Tuesday evenings of Sings from the major choral repertoire for choral enthusiasts. Beginning in June and continuing to the end of July, our music director and guest conductors lead us through these Masterworks with the assistance of a professional accompanist and professional soloists.

Masterworks Chorale is committed to making each concert a meaningful experience for you – one that entertains and inspires.

VIVALDI Gloria and more

Saturday, November 9, 2019
8:00 pm

featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria, Dixit Dominus and motets by Monteverdi

Visit Venice to hear music by two famous Venetians, Antonia Vivaldi and Claudio Monteverdi. Monteverdi and Vivaldi, both Venetians, bookended the Baroque era, and their music is very different. Born in 1567, Monteverdi had one foot in the Renaissance, and Vivaldi, who died in 1741, wrote music that looks forward to the early Classical. This concert will be performed on period instruments.

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BLOCH Sacred Service and more

 

Sunday, March 1, 2020 3:00 pm

featuring Bloch’s Sacred Service, Lukas Foss’s Behold I Build an House and Randall Thompson’s Alleluia.

The centerpiece will be Ernest Bloch’s beautiful Sacred Service sung in Hebrew. We will also be performing Lukas Foss’s majestic Behold I Build an House, a setting of an Old Testament text, and Randall Thompson’s classic Alleluia. Both of these were written to commemorate important beginnings in our area—the openings of Boston University’s Marsh Chapel and the Berkshire Music Center (now the Tanglewood Music Center)— and we will perform them in honor of our eightieth birthday as well as the 350th anniversary of Old South Church.

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BEETHOVEN Missa solemnis

Saturday, May 16, 2020 8:00 pm

featuring Beethoven’s Missa solemnis

The music world will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020. For our Eightieth anniversary concert we will join the world’s celebration with an exciting performance of Beethoven’s great Mass, the Missa solemnis in Harvard’s Sanders theatre.

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To contact Masterworks Chorale

Email:  info@masterworkschorale.org
Phone:  (617) 858-6785

Masterworks Chorale
PO Box 382231
Cambridge, MA 02238

Auditions: click here

For tickets and subscriptions, please see our Tickets page.

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Music Director

Kevin Leong

KEVIN LEONG was named Music Director and Conductor of the Masterworks Chorale in 2017. He is also Music Director of both the Jameson Singers and the Concord Chorus and previously served as Associate Conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Choruses at Harvard University, where he directed the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus and, with Jameson Marvin, co-conducted the Harvard Glee Club, the Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.

Dr. Leong’s teaching interests include presenting a wide repertoire to singers and audiences alike. His ensembles have performed in many venues around the country and abroad, and he has worked as a choral clinician with high school choruses from the United States and Canada. Dr. Leong has taught courses in choral conducting and choral literature at Harvard University and Boston University and has won several teaching awards.

Dr. Leong earned a doctoral degree in Choral Conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Jeremy Yudkin, and Craig Smith. His dissertation on the hymn settings of Ludwig Senfl won the Julius Herford Prize of the American Choral Directors Association, awarded for the outstanding doctoral thesis in choral music. Dr. Leong is also the Research Assistant for Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works, an editorial and publishing project of the Packard Humanities Institute. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, where he directed the Princeton Katzenjammers.