As we look back on our 2017-2018 season, we couldn’t be more proud.
We kicked off the year by representing South Florida as a “Choral Ensemble of Distinction and Excellence” at the American Choral Directors Association convention in Orlando, where we were invited to perform. That concert occurred on the same November weekend as our first concert series of the season. Despite the hustle of singing two concerts on the same day in two cities with memorable performances of Durufle’s ethereal Requiem, a French masterwork requiring an exceptionally skilled chorus and organist. We were accompanied in these exquisite concerts by the tremendously talented organist, Timothy Brumfield.
As is our new tradition, we debuted the world premier of a work by a living American composer at our first concert of the season. This year’s work was Death, Be Not Proud, which we commissioned from James Kallembach. This gift to us, and to the world of choral music, was made possible through the generosity of Todd Abrams in memory of his mother, Roslyn Osborne.
In December, we performed Handel’s Messiah with orchestra and soloists at the Broward Center. Our carefully crafted, exquisitely sung performance set new standards of excellence for this beloved holiday tradition.
In March, we treated audiences to a selection of old and new favorites from The Great White Way in “Broadway Legends 2.” Tenor Kevin Vortmann and soprano Tiffany Haas flew in from New York to treat our audience to solos and duets of incomparable fun and style.
Sometimes, a live performance catches fire, and the result is unforgettable. That’s what happened in our May performances of Brahms’ Requiem. In all three concerts, the chorus, orchestra and soloists came together and made music of exquisite beauty, power and sensitivity. It was a breathtaking experience that wrung every emotion from the singers, players and audiences. Everyone agreed these concerts were the best in the history of the Master Chorale.