Spring 2021 Update
To our beloved Masterworks Chorale community,
So much has happened since our last update in the fall of 2020! Since then, as with most choral and other arts organizations, the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic eventually forced the cancellation of our entire 2020-2021 season. The future schedule for Masterworks Chorale is still unclear; but rest assured that we are thriving, planning, reworking, updating, and—most importantly—singing. Many chorale members have connected through weekly Zoom meetings, which have allowed us to get to know one another in a way that isn’t often possible at weekly rehearsals in the midst of concert preparations. Additionally, we are staying mentally primed for our eventual return to the concert stage by studying and singing Beethoven’s Missa solemnis each week since January 2021.
Masterworks Chorale’s long-standing Messiah Sings tradition continued in a virtual format on December 19, 2020. Our music director, Dr. Kevin Leong, offered Messiah Sings, Reimagined: A Guided Listening Tour via Zoom. In this new twist, Masterworks Chorale has continued our 58-year Messiah Sings tradition without interruption.
The chorale’s board of directors has put our enforced downtime to good use and has taken this extended opportunity to examine several aspects of how our organization does business. You can look forward to several new upgrades to the Masterworks Chorale experience:
- An ever-expanding presence on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
- Messiah Sings, Reimagined: Part the Second on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 7:30 pm via Zoom. Attendees will have a chance to sing along to several choruses from Handel’s most famous oratorio. Registration information will be posted in early May on our website and social media channels.
- An all-new website, expected in summer 2021.
- We are formulating plans for a potential 2021 season of our 50-year Summer Sings tradition.
In every concert and event that Masterworks Chorale presents, our goal is to provide a high-quality, uplifting, joyous musical experience. We hope that when we return to live performing, you will continue to support us by attending our exciting concerts at our beautiful venues, Sanders Theatre and Old South Church.
Stay well and stay in touch!
With warmest wishes,
Paula Eldridge and Rebecca Lightcap, Co-Presidents of Masterworks Chorale