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
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.
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.
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.