Mozart’s Requiem Public Rehearsal concept is intended to make classical music more accessible

The Public Rehearsal concept is intended to make classical music more accessible to young people and those interested in the processes of preparation for performance, without the formal trappings of traditional concert etiquette. Our first Public Rehearsal was held on Saturday, March 7, at a very low price, $10 for all seats. The public was invited to attend the Bakersfield Master Chorale’s final dress rehearsal as we prepared the famous piano variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” for solo piano, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” for strings and the glorious and timeless Requiem by W.A. Mozart. The Director and featured soloists provided insights into the music and welcomed the audience into the process of putting the finishing touches on our more formal evening concert in an informal and open atmosphere.

For more information contact Bruce Wade at (661) 428-2796.

The Bakersfield Master Chorale is a choral society of adult voices directed by Dr. Robert Provencio and affiliated with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. During its concert season, the Chorale seeks to enrich community musical awareness by presenting performances of major choral literature, secular and sacred, from all musical eras. The Chorale is a non-profit educational organization and is Bakersfield’s only mixed adult choral group governed locally.

The Chorale performs Handel’s Messiah each Christmas. It has recorded several albums, audio tapes and CDs. The Chorale has toured Europe on five occasions. Most recently the Chorale toured Italy in the summer of 2014.

Chorale singers and board members represent a broad cross-section of the community, ranging in age from college students to retired adults. Membership is over 100 singers. Chorale members’ occupations include such diverse fields as education, medicine, agriculture, clergy, service industries, law, oil and homemaking.

Because ticket sales alone cannot financially support the concert season, a major portion of the Chorale’s expenses are underwritten by donations from individuals, charitable foundations, and the business community. Bakersfield Master Chorale is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.