The Master Chorale of South Florida (MCSF) and artistic director Brett Karlin have a five-concert season planned for 2023-24.
Fauré’s Requiem opens the season on Oct. 27 at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale and Oct. 29 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Boca Raton. One of the most popular works in the choral/orchestral repertoire, Fauré’s Requiem is a tender, heartwarming response to human suffering and grief. Reverent and uplifting, the work paints a picture of paradise and the joy of eternal rest.
“Comfort & Joy,” MCSF’s holiday program, will feature breathtaking new arrangements of classic carols, time-honored Chanukah songs and other pieces that make traditions come alive. Performances on Dec. 8 at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and Dec. 9 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.
The chorale joins the New World Symphony on Jan. 13 in Miami Beach for an epic performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the famed “Ode to Joy” celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2023. Douglas Boyd conducts.
Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor is next, April 5 at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and April 7 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Written to showcase the vocal talents of his wife Constanze, the Great Mass is an undisputed masterpiece revered by Mozart fans for 250 years, and will be complemented by two motets: Mozart’s glorious “Exsultate, jubilate” and Joseph Haydn’s “Insanae et vanae curae.”
The season concludes May 31 and June 1 at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale with Craig Hella Johnson’s “Considering Matthew Shepherd.” This fresh emotional oratorio honors the life and legacy of Shepard, who was the victim of one of America’s most notorious anti-LGBTQ hate crimes, and has been called “powerfully cathartic” and “a deeply moving experience.”
For more information and tickets, go to MasterChoraleOfSouthFlorida.org.