Message from the Artistic Director and Board President

Dear members and friends of The Tucson Masterworks Chorale.

What a busy season for musicians and all friends of choral music this has been! During the December 16-17 weekend alone, there were over twenty performances of holiday music taking place in and around the greater Tucson area. Tucson is indeed blessed with a rich choral history and future.

I am pleased to inform you that two projects that we originally announced in the TMC Summer Newsletter were successfully accomplished this past season. We were able to reach out to our fellow Tucson non-profit organization: DIRECT Center for Independent Living, which is part of a national network of community-based groups operating by and for people with disabilities. DIRECT’s newly introduced counseling program will receive over $3000.00 from the proceeds of our concert on November 19; this was made possible with help from Catalina United Methodist Church which lowered venue rental charges. We were glad to further the core TMC mission of community engagement and service in this way. We also followed through on broadening the audience for the skill and musical accomplishment of a Masterworks performance! The community of SaddleBrooke2 welcomed us to their facility and those who attended our concert there on November 12th have been singing our praise to their neighbors. Both of these examples of outreach are important to our future as a community choir; both also represent the long term strategic thinking of your board of directors. In January we’ll be posting committee volunteer opportunities for TMC members, along with the names of their chairpersons: we need your help and hope you will step up. We welcome Stephanie Tashiro (Alto II section leader) who will be joining the board in January.

At our first rehearsal on January 8th, we’ll start working on the Spring concert program. (Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.!)  Yoojin has selected the Mozart Mass in C minor (K427), also known as The Great Mass. This magnificent work will be performed on Sunday, April 15th at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church on N. Campbell Avenue in Tucson. The TMC website will soon post links to recordings to help you practice at home.

To all of you I wish to extend our very best wishes for the New Year and to thank you for everything you’ve accomplished for Masterworks this year. You’ve worked hard at home and at rehearsal. You’ve sung your hearts out. You’ve written donation checks and have asked your friends to do likewise. You’ve sold ads, brought food for our socials, helped set up for rehearsals, and served as section leaders and board members. You are an incredibly dedicated group. You performed brilliantly and our recent concerts were appreciated by audiences who are now looking forward to our next presentation. While the audiences enjoyed the soloists and orchestra, their highest praise was for your hard work.See you in January.

 John Merrill
Dear TMC,

It is with great excitement that I welcome you to another wonderful season. The fall concert was a success: we received so many wonderful comments from our audience! Although I have said it many times already, I cannot thank you enough for all your time and effort in creating such a beautiful concert. It is my hope that the spring performance will provide an even greater experience, as we will be singing a marvelous choral masterwork: the Great Mass in C minor by the genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Alongside his Requiem, the Mass is the “largest choral masterwork” that Mozart left us. It was meant as a wedding gift to his beloved wife, Constanze, who, in fact, sang as one of the soprano soloists at its premiere in 1783. Although the work is unfinished, what remains is grandiose and magnificent, with dramatic movements and divinely beautiful solo parts. We have much work to do together, but I believe that our journey will be full of excitement, as well as worthwhile. I look forward to seeing you soon. Have a wonderful holiday season!

“No Western composer demonstrated a more Shakespearean range of emotion than Mozart — from the comedy of self-deception to tragic despair, from pleasure in worldly comforts to heroic defiance of convention, from supernatural terror to spiritual rhapsody. His most ravishing music looks inside the soul as deeply as art can.” – Music critic Lloyd Schwartz


Yoojin Muhn


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