The Bakersfield Master Chorale, under the direction of Robert Provencio, Music Director, will be featured in a stand-alone performance at the Windy City Choral Festival on March 9, 2019. This will be part of a 5 day, 4 night tour to Chicago, March 6-10, 2019. The tour is being organized by Music Celebrations International (MCI). Mixed choirs will join together to sing in one of the world’s greatest concert halls – Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. World-renowned choral conductor, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, will serve as Artistic Director, and will lead the rehearsals and finale performance. The Bakersfield Master Chorale is one of only four choirs that was selected for the stand-alone portion of the Festival Concert.If you would like to go on this tour with the Chorale, either as a singer or non-singer, please contact the Chorale at 661-831-1735. All the details are on our website, BakersfieldMasterChorale.org. LAST DAY to sign up for the tour is January 15, 2019.The attached photo is of the group that will represent Bakersfield at the Choral Festival: Front L: Sherry Wade, John Wagner, Robin Harkleroad, Kathy Wagner, Jerry Buzzell, Robert Provencio. Middle L: Cassie Choi Jue, Susan Guerard, Rene Cleek, Kandis Peake, Mathilde Southworth, Rich Owen. Back row L: Sarah Fields, Dave Waterman, Roger Hess, Nancy Hess, Phillip Provencio, Bruce Wade, Deborah Nystrom. Not pictured: Annette Bridgman and Elizabeth Provencio.The Bakersfield Master Chorale is in its 86th Season and is a non-profit organization. The tour participants are self-funding this trip, however, there are some additional members that would like to participate in the Festival but do not have the means to do so unless a scholarship is made available to them. If you would like to help provide a partial scholarship, please call 661-831-1735 or visit our website, BakersfieldMasterChorale.org.The Chorale has participated in the Memorial Day Choral Festival in Washington, DC and has toured Europe five times and featured in stand-alone performances in our Sister City, Bucheon, South Korea.Our motto is “Enriching our community with choral music”, whether that is in Bucheon, South Korea or Rome, Italy or anywhere in-between. Wherever we perform, we represent our great hometown of Bakersfield, California!Susan Guerard, BMC Tour Coordinator661-369-9551
Upcoming Concerts! Save the dates!
February 23rd – Windy City Festival Music: 7:00pm St. John’s Lutheran Church – The Bakersfield Master Chorale has been chosen to provide a stand-alone performance during the Windy City Music Festival in March. Our February 23rd concert will feature the Festival pieces, as well as those being performed by the Chorale.
April 13th – Hymn Festival
May 11 – Mahler’s 2nd Symphony – The Resurrection with Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra featuring CSUB, BC and the Master Chorale
Greetings to all from the Bakersfield Master Chorale. We wanted to let you know that we will be having open rehearsals to welcome new folks to our group on January 8th, 2018 at the Blue Chapel of the First Assembly of God, 4901 California Ave., Bakersfield, CA. We would love to have all interested parties take this opportunity to join us and get involved with our group. We meet for rehearsals at the First Assembly of God church at 4901 California Ave, Bakersfield, CA from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM each Tuesday.
The open rehearsal is a chance for people who would like to investigate the possibility of joining to sing with the Chorale, meet some of the members, and see what a rehearsal is like. There is no obligation. If you decide you want to join, auditions will be held immediately after the rehearsals. If you decide the Chorale isn’t for you, you can leave without auditioning. Auditions generally last about five minutes and do not require any special preparation. You do not need to have something prepared to perform.
We currently have two openings in our Young Artist Development Program and will have additional information on our website soon. www.BakersfieldMasterChorale.org
We look forward to seeing you at our open rehearsals and are excited to welcome all those who have a love for music and bringing the arts to our community!
Bakersfield Master Chorale’s Young Artist Development Program participants Karissa Lystrup – accompanist, Melissa Nixon – conductor, and Elizabeth Provencio – conductor, put the Chorale through their paces on Tuesday night rehearsing the Requiem of W.A. Mozart, while exploring romantic and historically-informed approaches to the work. All three of these outstanding young artists did a wonderful job maneuvering the intricate passages with grace and confidence. The Chorale will be the guest artist of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra at their next concert, November 14th, performing Mozart’s Requiem. For more information and tickets, visit bsonow.org.
And here we see Young Artist Development participant Tori Carrillo warming up the Bakersfield Master Chorale at the most recent rehearsal.
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