A MESSAGE FROM OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR
Dear Friends of the Carolina Master Chorale:
As I look ahead to the 40th Anniversary Season of the Carolina Master Chorale, my 23rd as Music Director, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for your support, which has helped us bridge the worst days of the pandemic and emerge healthy and strong on the other side. We have all experienced heartbreak in recent times, so the CMC seeks to reward your loyalty with a heaping dose of hope for the future by learning from our past and celebrating our perseverance.
The 40th Anniversary Season, Heartbreak and Hope: A Season of Love, draws inspiration from our season finale, Considering Matthew Shepard, by Craig Hella Johnson. This powerful five-year-old major work commemorates the life of a Wyoming college student lost to bullying 25 years ago. Johnson’s Grammy-winning masterwork leads its audiences through heartbreak to hope, telling Matthew Shepard’s story in musical styles from Country to Classical, and Pop to Gospel. This is a joint, staged production with the Theatre of the Republic, enhanced by drama and poignant visual images, and sponsored by a major grant from Careteam Plus. The season finale is a separate event from our three-concert season ticket, but one that you absolutely will not want to miss. Considering Matthew Shepard is one of the most important choral works of the young 21st century.
Along the journey to a fateful fence in Wyoming, we will lead you on an October tour of the world through the eyes and ears of Broadway, with music from Miss Saigon, The Prince of Egypt, Amistad, and Selma. The program will also feature a tribute to Stephen Sondheim and performances by the winners of the annual Carolina Master Chorale/Coastal Carolina University vocal competition.
Our popular annual Christmas concert, Sound the Trumpet – Troll the Carol, will take you from Venice to New Orleans, led by the CMC and the Long Bay Symphony Brass Quintet. We will usher in your holiday spirit with music from the Venetian double choir tradition, jazz and gospel Christmas carols arranged for the Canadian Brass, new carol arrangements for brass and choir from America’s most beloved choral composers, and the return of our sing-along carol tradition.
Our Valentine’s concert, another of our most popular annual events, this year shares the title from our season, Heartbreak and Hope. You will hear beautiful love songs, an homage to a daughter lost too young in Consider the Lilies: An Appalachian Requiem by Timothy Michael Powell, and a tribute to American Pop divas Carly Simon, Dolly Parton, and Adele.
The Hope is always sweeter when it has grown from Heartbreak. We look forward to sharing that journey with you in 2022-23. Thank you for your support of the Carolina Master Chorale.
Best wishes to all,
Timothy Koch, Music Director
The Carolina Master Chorale
carolina master chorale Mission
The mission of the Carolina Master Chorale is to promote the choral arts, present exceptional performances of choral music, enhance arts education, and enrich the cultural lives of our members, audiences, and the coastal Carolina community.
The Carolina Master Chorale, recognized as the premier symphonic chorus in the region, covering Northeast South Carolina and Southeast North Carolina, holds the distinction of being the longest-running community vocal organization in the Myrtle Beach area.
The CMC is proud to be celebrating its 39th anniversary season in 2021/2022. The repertoire of the Carolina Master Chorale encompasses a wide variety of innovative and critically acclaimed programming, including performances of traditional and lesser-known choral and choral/orchestral masterworks, full operatic productions, adventurous contemporary music, numerous commissions, and premieres, as well as lighter fare ranging from Broadway to vocal jazz and gospel music.
The Carolina Master Chorale thanks the following organizations for their financial support: