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San Diego Master Chorale Fall Virtual Series

  • WHEN Multiple dates from Sep 20 - Dec 6, 2020[days & times]
  • WHERE Virtual / SD Master Chorale
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST $22.50 - $102.50

The San Diego Master Chorale announced their 2020 virtual season, featuring virtual performances, lectures and interviews with composers and music specialists, exclusive online access to brand-new and never-before-released live performances, and a special online version of the annual Messiah Sing. Performing arts organizations like SD Master Chorale need your support now more than ever, and we’re proud to be able to bring you the choral music you love in a new way.

Single events are $20 plus a $2.50 processing fee, or buy a season pass to get access to all six performances for a discounted rate of $100 plus $2.50 fee. Tickets or passes are available for purchase here.


Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Virtual performance, online only.

“Everything [Shawn Kirchner] touches turns to musical gold.” —Grant Gershon

Music Director John K. Russell interviews composer Shawn Kirchner, whose rich, sophisticated choral works are informed by his diverse musical interests, to be followed by the world premiere of SD Master Chorale’s virtual choir performance of Kirchner’s Ukranian-Orthodox- inspired arrangement of the African-American spiritual “O What a Beautiful City!”

Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Virtual performance, online only.

“…Lift Ev’ry Voice wasn’t written just to empower and/or encourage a group of people who are constantly oppressed and dehumanized. It is also a bold statement of present-day victory.” —Zanaida Stewart Robles

SD Master Chorale premieres a virtual choir performance of Zanaida Stewart Robles’s powerful arrangement of beloved civil rights anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” featuring Robles as soprano soloist. Robles will also discuss her work and the history of the piece in conversation with Music Director John K. Russell.

Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Virtual performance, online only.

“[Y]ou need to know this piece. There is simply no other artistic response to the pain and fury being expressed in communities across our nation that is more contemporary or relevant.” —Walter Bittner

Revisit selections from SD Master Chorale’s deeply moving 2019 performance of Joel Thompson’s “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” performed with San Diego State University Symphony Orchestra, with commentary from the composer and SDSU Director of Orchestras Michael Gerdes. Thompson’s gripping work sets the final words of Black men killed by authority figures in the framework of a liturgical lament.

Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Live video premiere, online only.

“One of the many things I love about Stephen [Paulus]’s music is that he is not afraid to just make a very simple and yet elegant setting, too.” —Marie Spar Dymit

Choral legend Dale Warland discusses the late composer Stephen Paulus and other American composers whose work he championed, followed by a brand-new live performance of those composers’ works by SD Master Chorale members. The poignant lyricism of Paulus’s a cappella piece “The Old Church” resonates at a time when many churches must stand empty.

Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Video premiere, online only.

“[Kirchner is] one of today’s most exciting composers…” —Green Lake Festival of Music

SD Master Chorale sang the San Diego premiere of Shawn Kirchner’s ambitious, rewarding psalm cycle “Songs of Ascent” in 2016. Join us for the exclusive release of this performance video, with accompaniment by string orchestra, and pre-performance remarks by the composer, moderated by Music Director John K. Russell.

Sunday, December 6t 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Virtual sing-along, online only.

“Handel is the greatest composer that ever lived.”—Ludwig van Beethoven

Our holiday tradition continues in a non-traditional way: via videoconference! Sing along with members of the SD Master Chorale on selections from Handel’s cherished oratorio Messiah, including the Hallelujah chorus, from the comfort of your own home. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with other music-lovers over this beloved masterwork in a live environment!

Learn more here.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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Above: Promotional graphic for the fall virtual season courtesy of San Diego Master Chorale.


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