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

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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

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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.