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Join the Downey Master Chorale for its 2nd Season

What to do in a weak economy?  Find something cost effective that is worth your time and effort.  Many studies have shown the benefits to brain and health that result from singing in chorus.  Members of the new Downey Master Chorale, and its director Meg Zeleny will convince you of that.

Director Meg ZelenyNow is the time to join in the 2014-2015  season, our second as a new ensemble.  The Chorale will welcome new members at its weekly rehearsals, Tuesday evenings at 7:30PM.  Come, meet the people and try it out.  Formal auditions will take place at the end of October, after you’ve gotten your voice into shape and learned the music.  Please respond by email or phone at our contact page.

The DMC’s Christmas concert, entitled HARK THE HERALD ANGELS will feature the newly formed chorale accompanied by organ and brass ensemble.  “Gloria”  by John Rutter, and the “Christmas Cantata” of Pinkham, plus old favorites and some captivating arrangements of other seasonals.

There are still openings for singers in all voice parts, particularly first soprano, first tenor and second bass.  A series of music literacy sessions will be available for singers in need.  Private lessons are also available by appointment.

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Long Beach Press Telegram features Requiem concert

It was a pleasure to host Greg Yee of the Long Beach Press Telegram to talk about our upcoming Requiem concert on April 12th.

He has written an article about the upcoming concert and director Margaret Zeleny’s passion for this new ensemble.

Read the article at this link.

Margaret Zeleny stood with her arms outstretched, driving the notes home.

She stopped. Something was off.

“No no no, you have to entice me,” she said to the group sitting before her. “Make me want to come along.”

Zeleny, an energetic woman with close-cut hair and a friendly, commanding voice, seemed to bounce around the stage, rising and falling with each word.

This group — the Downey Master Chorale — is her labor of love.

Downey Master Chorale presents Requiem April 12

Tickets Now on Sale for April 12th Concert

Founder-Director Margaret Zeleny will conduct the Downey Master Chorale in a performance if “Requiem” by John Rutter along with other seasonal masterworks.

The concert will be held on April 12, Saturday afternoon at 2:30 PM, at the Moravian Church of Downey at 10337 Old River School Road in Downey.

RutterJohn Rutter is a British composer, conductor, arranger and record producer whose work is performed all over the world. His “Requiem” was first presented on October 13, 1985 at Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas.  Described as “achingly beautiful,” the Requiem is a memorable listening experience and a perfect entrée into the Holy Week events.

The performance will feature David York, organ; Linda-Rose Hembreiker, harp; Diana Brownson, piano and members of the DaCapo Players of Costa Mesa.

Further featured works celebrating life are, “O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?” a duet, “Thanks Be to God” from Handel’s Messiah, “O Redeemer Divine” (Cantique de Jean Racine) by Gabriel Fauré, and “A Prayer for Tomorrow” by Carl J. Nygard, Jr.

This is the second concert in the debut season of the Downey Master Chorale, since it’s founding in October 2013. The group, now six months young, welcomes all lovers of good music to enjoy this performance.  Auditions for new members are ongoing.

Admission is $15 general, $10 seniors and students.  For further information, ticket reservations, or an audition appointment, contact Meg Zeleny at (310) 941-302 or email info@downeymasterchorale.org.  Tickets will also be sold online, visit www.downeymasterchorale.org.

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Debut Concert of the Downey Master Chorale

After forming a new ensemble in the fall of 2013, the Downey Master Chorale will perform its debut concert on Saturday, December 21 at 7:30 PM.

The performance will be held in the main sanctuary of the Moravian Church of Downey, 10337 Old River School Road, in Downey, just south of Florence Ave.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe performance features A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten.  This 1942 suite consists of eleven movements, with text from The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems. Britten (1913-1976) was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces.

Following the intermission will feature several popular Christmas carols from a range of composers, such as selections from “The Seven Joys of Christmas” by Kirke Mechem, John Rutter’s “Candlelight Carol” and “Angels’ Carol,” as well as “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night” and “Jingle Bells.”

The Moravian Church of Downey is home to a half-century of classical music history, as the home of the Moravian Trombone Choir founded in 1965 by Jeff Reynolds of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  As a special guest, the concert will features an appearance of the Moravian Trombone Ensemble.

Also, attendees will enjoy singing along to their favorite Christmas Carols, as well as the Hallelujah Chorus.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and seniors.  Tickets may be purchased from a chorale member or online at Brown Paper Tickets (click here).

The Downey Master Chorale is conducted by artistic director Margaret Zeleny, and accompanied by associate conductor Chris Squires.  For more information, email info@downeymasterchorale.org.

Downey Master Chorale Featured in Long Beach Press Telegram

The DMC had the privilege of speaking with reporter Richard Guzman of the Long Beach Press Telegram about our new chorus.  Read the article at the link below:

http://www.presstelegram.com/arts-and-entertainment/20131018/calling-all-singers-the-new-downey-master-chorale-has-ongoing-auditions

Auditions are ongoing, and by appointment only.  Sign up here at the website to request and audition!

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Also read our notices in The Downey Patriot (Click here).

Auditions continue through October

Rehearsals have begun for the newly-formed Downey Master Chorale, and the voices are beautiful.  Auditions will continue, by request, on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons through the end of October.

Interested singers are encouraged so sign-up on our auditions page.

This is also a great opportunity for men, as culturally there has been a new resurgence of men rediscovering their vocal talents and love of the art form.  Downey Master Chorale has great openings available for Bass and Tenor voices, with opportunities to sing pieces that will challenge and inspire.

The Downey Master Chorale is preparing for a winter concert this year, details to come.