Current Press Release: August 1, 2019
From: Carolina Master Chorale
The Carolina Master Chorale is pleased to present their 37th Anniversary Season, “Maestro Magic,” celebrating the 20th anniversary season under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor, Dr. Timothy Koch.
Nights on Broadway
The CMC presents the winners of our fourth annual Carolina Master Chorale--Coastal Carolina University Student Vocal Competition. Previous winners have gone on to professional engagements in theaters and on cruise ships in New York and around the world. The CMC will also sing music from Broadway’s newest and most popular shows.
- Saturday, October 19, 2019 – 4:00 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, North Myrtle Beach
- Sunday, October 20, 2019 – 4:00 p.m. Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach
Christmas and All that Brass
Five of the region’s top brass players join the CMC for our Annual Holiday Spectacular. Some highlights of our program include brass in the balcony, music for 2 choirs, holiday jazz, brilliant new arrangements of familiar carols, and the Canadian Brass arrangement of “’Twas the Night before Christmas.” Sing-along carols are also a CMC tradition.
- Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 4:00 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, North Myrtle Beach
- Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 4:00 p.m. Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach
Music Is the Food of Love
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with our most popular annual program. This year’s theme focuses on our love for food. Prepare to satisfy your musical appetite as you laugh, cry, and warm your soul through music of epicurean glory.
- Friday, February 14, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. Trinity Presbyterian Church, Surfside Beach
- Saturday, February 15, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, North Myrtle Beach
- Sunday, February 16, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach
Tango in Buenos Aires
Featuring Martin Palmeri’s landmark Misa a Buenos Aires, also known as the Tango Mass, the CMC, and the Long Bay Symphony Chamber Players. Featuring Jo Nell Koch, soprano, and New York and Argentinian bandoneonist, Rodolfo Zanetti.
- Saturday, April 25, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, North Myrtle Beach
- Sunday, April 26, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach
Individual performance tickets are $23 for adults, $18 for seniors and veterans, and $5 for students (up to 22 with ID). Children under 12 attend free. Season tickets are $80 for adults, $60 for seniors and veterans, and $20 for students (up to 22 with ID). Children under 12 attend free.
Ticket Outlets Are:
- The Wacky Rabbit—7702 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC
- Encore Florals & Fine Gifts—225 Kingston St., Conway, SC
- Seashore Drugs—10227 Beach Drive, Calabash, NC
For more information regarding tickets, please visit our website, www.CarolinaMasterChorale.com or call the Carolina Master Chorale office at (843)-444-5774.
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
“The appropriately named Carolina Master Chorale is a treasure... Koch’s beautifully prepared Carolina Master Chorale blended with the Long Bay Symphony as if they do this all the time...”
- Myrtle Beach Herald
Verdi: La Traviata
“This was a full length version production, sung in its original Italian. The program called the production semi-staged, but there was nothing amateurish about it.
“Koch’s sensitive conducting of the orchestra let listener feel the impact of such passages as the high, poignant strings which open the opera, returning late in the work after many shifts of mood.
“The remarkable Carolina Master Chorale sent forth jolts of energy in such numbers as the famous ‘Drinking Song’ in Act 1, making listeners completely unaware this is a volunteer group with diverse backgrounds, and not a full time professional music ensemble.
“Everyone and everything worked well in this production. Nothing dragged and there was a sense of hardly realizing it was over when it ended.
“Timothy Koch, the Carolina Master Chorale, and the cast of fine professionals let us experience a work which is an artistic entree into a world which existed as vividly today as it did in the 19th century.”
- Myrtle Beach Herald
Verdi: Stabat Mater
“In tones that ranged from quiet and contemplative to mournfully passionate, the 80 member Chorale offered up a stirring rendition of Giuseppe Verdi's Stabat Mater. A flawless performance, it demonstrated the group's vocal skills and precision.”
- The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Ginastara: Lamentations of Jeremiah
“In one of the special moments of the afternoon, this region’s other treasure, the Carolina Master Chorale, took the stage. Timothy Koch prepared the audience for the music to come with a brief description of the background of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera and his powerful Lamentations of Jeremiah. Secure intonation let listeners concentrate on the vocal tone colors, the complex and difficult harmonies, and shifting dynamics”
- The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Brubeck: La Fiesta de la Posada
“It’s not often that one associates a powerful, well-trained choir with jazz, but the program presented by the CMC certainly erased any doubts about whether this works. The CMC handled all of this effortlessly, and the soloists - Emily Hindrichs, David Bankston, Joe Chappel, and Drew Trautman - were exceptional. Certain parts must be pointed out - the jazz waltz feeling No. 8, “Run Run Run”, the Three Wise Men in No.9, ‘Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh’ with the unconventional chords, the riveting No. 10, ‘My Soul Magnifies the Lord’ with its interweaving of declamatory instrumental gestures and beautiful solo, and finally No. 14, ‘God’s Love Made Visible,’ with its unusual beat and massive, breathtaking conclusion, using all vocal and instrumental forces - because they demonstrate clearly the skill and power of the CMC itself.”
- Myrtle Beach Herald
Guest Artist Reviews
“The highest praise from me.”
- Carlisle Floyd, World-Renowned American Opera Composer
“How can I thank the Carolina Master Chorale enough for its superlative performances of my Seven Deadly Sins and An American Hallel performed this past weekend? To put it in a nutshell, CMC’s skill and execution was right up there with America’s top choral ensembles. Undoubtedly, this is due not only to the genuinely dedicated and nice community of CMC singers but also to their gifted and inspired musical leaders Maestro Tim Koch and composer-in-residence/accompanist Andrew Fowler. When leaders with vision show their charges the mountaintop and accept no less, great heights are attained. For all this, I am grateful for a thrilling weekend of music making. I will always be a devoted friend of the Carolina Master Chorale.”
- Michael Isaacson, Ph. D., Composer
“I thank you for reaching out to me to be a part of a great experience. Cheers and rousing applause.”
- Mitch Laurence, narrator, actor, ESPN commentator
“My friends and I are still talking about how blown away we were today by that concert we saw. The chorale sounded amazing. Very Impressive!!!!”
- Michael Orland, Music Director, American Idol
“What a wonderful, innovative program by you and the CMC yesterday! The choir sounded great, and the new works were very enjoyable and engaging. It is so encouraging not only to see the CMC continuing to build momentum, but to see the success of interesting, fresh programming concepts presented in this community. Your efforts in this regard help to open up the market for new ideas with the Symphony and all other arts groups. Please share with the chorus (and with Andy Fowler) my enthusiastic congratulations for a huge undertaking well done!”
- Charles Jone Evans, Music Director, Long Bay Symphony
“Thank you again for the wonderful performance. You guys are really special.”
- Ewa Mataya Laurance, World Champion Billiard Player
“I have to tell you that the best and highest class music making I’ve experienced since I have been here has come from the Carolina Master Chorale- it is really a first class organization. I wish you all continued success!”
- John Santuccio, Executive Director, Horry County Arts & Cultural Enhancement