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Master Chorale seeks to unite community with upcoming concert

RANCHO SANTA FE — A master chorale performance celebrating themes of unity and diversity is inviting residents from all walks of life to listen to and appreciate its messages of peace within music written by living composers.

The San Diego Master Chorale, the region’s premiere ensemble since 1961 with over 140 singers, will perform its “Where All Are Welcome” concert on Nov. 4 in Rancho Santa Fe and Nov. 5 in San Diego.

The concert will celebrate the rich diversity of different cultures and backgrounds through its featured pieces from eight different composers, five of whom are from California.

Music Director John K. Russell created the concert’s concept with inspiration from a couple pillar pieces like Jennifer Lucy Cook’s “They Are Mother,” and Saunder Choi’s “The New Colossus.”

“‘They Are Mother’ communicates about god in a way that is inclusive and makes sense to all people,” Russell explained. “‘The New Colossus’ is an adaptation of the Emma Lazarus poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty – ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ – and references welcoming people from all places to this country, remembering that the theme is a big part of our history and continues to be a struggle to this day.”

Read the full article in The Coast News here.