Monthly Archives: November 2013

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

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:

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



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