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Concert Program: Duruflé Requiem

The concerts this weekend feature one of the most beloved choral works ever written. This Requiem, composed by Maurice Duruflé, is deeply loved and appreciated by singers and audience members for its seamless connection between the old and the new.

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Old & New: Duruflé Requiem

On April 27 & 28, the San Diego Master Chorale presents French composer Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem in two venues on two very different instruments: the Quimby Pipe Organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (the oldest in San Diego!) and the Parsons-Rosales Pipe Organ St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church (the newest in La Jolla!).

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Duruflé Requiem Concert Trailer

“I find this one to be one of the most deeply impassioned settings and most brilliant uses of all the old plainsong chants that just creates a really magical and deeply, powerfully moving setting of the requiem text.” — Martin Green, Cathedral Organist talking about San Diego Master Chorale’s upcoming concert, “Duruflé Requiem,” on April 27 &…

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Concert Program: Honor Choir 2024

This year’s Honor Choir concert theme is “We Are the Music Makers” and showcases a diverse repertoire ranging from “Danny Boy” to Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers,” as well as compositions by Handel, Duruflé, and more. Click for full program details.

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Review of “Noel Noel”

Neither the First nor the Last ‘Noel Noel’ at The Rady Shell The San Diego Symphony opened its traditional holiday extravaganza Noel Noel Friday at the Rady Shell. Under the baton of guest conductor Christopher Dragon and buoyed by its customary co-conspirators the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Children’s Choir, the orchestra served up…

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KPBS HOLIDAY SPECIAL

Share the joy and emotions of the season through stellar performances by some of San Diego’s most talented choirs. The KPBS Holiday Special features seven area choirs including the San Diego Children’s Choir, Encore Vocal Ensemble, the Jewish Men’s Choir, Promotora de las Bella Artes, the San Diego Chorus, Sacra/Profana, and the San Diego Master Chorale sharing renditions of seasonal favorites. The…

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Review of “Where All Are Welcome”

San Diego Master Chorale Graces the California Festival at The Rady Shell As part of Sunday’s California Festival Family and Community Day at the Rady Shell, the San Diego Master Chorale under Music Director John K. Russell presented a moving program of contemporary choral music. I was impressed by African-American composer Zanaida Robles’ impassioned arrangement of “Lift…

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Concert Program: Where All Are Welcome

Our 2023-24 Season opens this Saturday and we can’t wait to present “Where All Are Welcome” for you on November 4 & 5, 2023. Saturday’s concert will include a pre-concert talk at 3:00 pm featuring accompanist Bryan Verhoye and Music Director John Russell. Following are program notes and the full program for Saturday and Sunday’s…

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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…

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Where All Are Welcome Concert Trailer

“This is a wonderful opportunity to hear an eclectic, diverse selection of small form choral music. Choral music is a living, breathing art form. We breathe together, we sing together, we come together as a community with all of these diverse backgrounds.” – Music Director John K. Russell talking about San Diego Master Chorale’s upcoming…

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San Diego Master Chorale Presents “Where All Are Welcome” November 4 & 5

The San Diego Master Chorale opens its new season with a concert series of unity and inclusion when it performs WHERE ALL ARE WELCOME on November 4 at 4 pm at Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe. Featuring the works of five California composers including Jennifer Lucy Cook, Saunder Choi, Shawn Kirchner, R. Matthew Brown and Zanaida Robles, the program celebrates diverse cultures and the rich tapestry of human connection.

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San Diego Master Chorale Announces 2023-24 Season

The San Diego Master Chorale has announced its 2023-24 Season comprised of five distinct programs, with a compelling blend of tradition, collaborations, and artistic exploration. Tickets will go on sale September 12, 2023 at sdmasterchorale.org.

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Mainly Mozart All Star Orchestra Performs Beethoven’s Ninth at The Epstein Family Amphitheater On The UCSD Campus

San Diego’s Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra this year included 12 concertmasters and 27 principles among other fine musicians from cities such as Cleveland, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Toronto. With changing but similar personnel, the orchestra has appeared here for a month each summer for the last 35 years. This year, led by Music Director and…

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San Diego Symphony closes its season in spectacular fashion

The San Diego Symphony’s season-closer on Saturday night was a spectacular synthesis of all the strengths of this indefatigable company. Music Director Rafael Payare passionately conducted the eagerly responsive and technically superb orchestra in a program of French and Venezuelan music. Read Christian Hertzog’s full review in The San Diego Union-Tribune here.

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The San Diego Symphony and San Diego Master Chorale Join Forces for the ‘Cantata Criolla’ by Venezuelan Composer Antonio Estévez

San Diego Symphony Music Director Rafael Payare opened the 2022-23 Jacobs Masterworks Season with one of the greatest choral works, the Verdi Requiem. Now, as this successful season comes to a close, Payare will conduct a lesser known major choral offering, Venezuelan composer Antonio Estévez’s Cantata criolla, ‘Florentino, el que canto con el Diablo.’ Because Estévez was not…

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Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil Review

Though Rachmaninoff is remembered for his epic compositions and performances at the piano, among his favorite works was his choral setting of the orthodox liturgy, The All-Night Vigil. It stands out not only from his instrumental music but among all choral works for the incredibly demanding range of voices required.  Eager for the challenge, the San…

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San Diego Master Chorale presents Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil for one night only

On Saturday, April 29, at 7:00 PM, The San Diego Master Chorale presents Sergei Rachmaninoff’s soul-stirring All-Night Vigil, under the direction of Music Director John K. Russell. Although best known for his great piano works and as a pianist, Sergei Rachmaninoff counted his a cappella choral work, All-Night Vigil, among his two favorite compositions. The piece will be performed at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Cardiff-by-the Sea, known for its outstanding acoustics.

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Free Community Concert features 100 High School Students in Concert with San Diego Master Chorale

The San Diego Master Chorale will host its 7th Annual High School Honor Choir on March 11, 2023. This special event brings 100 talented high school students from across San Diego County together in a Free Community Concert with the SD Master Chorale. This special event is also an opportunity for the public to hear the SD Master Chorale in concert, free of charge. 

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Reach for the Stars

“A spectacular evening at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park to help SD Master Chorale reach new heights in its 61st Season!” – GB Magazine See photos in GB Magazine from our 2022 Reach for the Stars Gala here.

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One-on-One with Jen Rogers

There was as time when Jen Rogers didn’t know she’d love choral music as much as she does today. The new — and first full-time — executive director in the San Diego Master Chorale’s 61-year history, she’s a trained instrumentalist who needed a bit of a nudge toward embracing group harmonies. Read the full story…

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