Masterworks chorale 2019-2020 season

It is with great anticipation that we welcome you to the forty-third season of the Louisiana Choral Foundation’s Masterworks Chorale. It is our pleasure to continue to produce innovative programming while providing choral enrichment and compelling performances for Southwest Louisiana. This season, entitled America’s Music: Innovative, Inspirational and Diversified, will feature a variety of musical offerings occurring in several venues.  

Our Fall Concert, Faith, Hope and Unity: The Music of André Thomas, will be presented in the sanctuary of University United Methodist Church of Lake Charles on October 11 at 7:30 p.m. and October 13 at 3:00 p.m.  These concerts will include selections composed by André Thomas addressing subjects of hope, unity/brotherhood and faith. The central theme of this concert will be based on Dr. Thomas’ major work entitled Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy. Featured on this gospel style mass will be guest soloists, Shannon Martin, mezzo soprano and Carl Taylor, tenor. Because it is written in gospel style, other biblical texts have been added to the traditional Latin texts. Thomas began work on this mass in 2014 and premiered it for the occasion of his retirement in the spring of 2019.  

The annual Christmas Concert, Gloria in Excelsis Deo!, will be presented in two venues: Friday, 

December 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Sulphur and again on Sunday, December 22 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Lake Charles. Masterworks Chorale will perform Michael John Trotta’s Gloria assisted by a brass quintet. They will also present Conrad Susa’s work A Christmas Garland also accompanied by the brass ensemble.  Other selections performed by Masterworks Chorale will include “A Joyous Carol of the Bells” arranged by Vicky Tucker Courtney, “I Will Light the Candles” by Kim Arnesan, “Pat-a-Pan” arranged by Howard Helvey and accompanied by four-hand piano, and “Silent Night” arranged by Dan Forrest.  

In addition, Bayou Bells, directed by Bruce Allured, will ring a set of seasonal pieces, and Les Petites Voix, directed by Kari Proksch, will provide several selections. The concert will conclude with the traditional “O Holy Night” arranged by Roy Ringwald including all of the groups.

The Spring Concert, Remembrances, will be presented at First United Methodist Church in Lake Charles on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. and again on April 26 at 3:00 p.m. This concert will feature Requiem by Mark Hayes. This major work was premiered at Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center, New York in May of 2013. It was dedicated to Hayes’ parents: to his mother’s memory after she had succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease and in memory of his father who had been so courageous in providing care for her.  As Hayes stated, “for my parents who taught me invaluable life principles that made me who I am today.”  Requiem will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra.  

Masterworks will also perform works dedicated to the memory of those who have given their lives in service to their country. Selections will include “Homeland” by Randall Stroope, “Of Thee I Sing” by David Brunner, and “The Pledge of Allegiance” by Alfred Reed.