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
featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria, Dixit Dominus and motets by Monteverdi
Experience the splendor of Baroque Venice with two brilliant works by Antonio Vivaldi, his ever-popular Gloria and the rarely performed Dixit Dominus (“Di Praga”). We will also perform three exquisite motets by Claudio Monteverdi, whose noble style ushered in the Baroque era. The concert will feature a period orchestra of some of Boston’s best Baroque instrumentalists.
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.
Join us at Boston’s historic Old South Church for Ernest Bloch’s beautiful Sacred Service, an artistically groundbreaking setting of the Hebrew liturgy for the Sabbath. To honor the 350th anniversary of Old South Church, we will also present Lukas Foss’s majestic Behold, I Build an House and Randall Thompson’s classic Alleluia, both written to commemorate important beginnings in our area—the openings of Boston University’s Marsh Chapel and the Tanglewood Music Center. The concert will feature organist Ross Wood and baritone Ian Pomerantz, a professional singer and scholar of Jewish music.
BEETHOVEN Missa solemnis
Saturday, May 16, 2020 8:00 pm
featuring Beethoven’s Missa solemnis
Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Masterworks Chorale and the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven with his sublime and monumental Missa solemnis. Like the symphony was for instrumental music, the mass was the genre par excellence for choral music. The Missa solemnis is one of the most extraordinary settings in the grand tradition of the mass and one of Beethoven’s greatest compositional achievements.