Dear members and friends of The Tucson Masterworks Chorale:

I’m at my desk remembering all of the seasonal tasks that I’ve so far neglected. I should be studying Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata. (It’s “et chor-os an-ge-lo-rum.”)  Or should I be online shopping or writing cards? My kids will think I’ve just fallen asleep here in beautifully warm Arizona. After all, they’re in lands that are frozen.

However, what I really want to do is to extend to you the most wonderful Holiday Greetings and to thank you for everything you’ve accomplished for Masterworks this year. You’ve practiced 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. Thank you.

Soon, we’ll all start to learn the program for next spring’s concerts. Jonathan has selected Brahms’Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op. 54, and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, Op. 42: two marvelous pieces.  The Chorale Web site will soon provide links to recordings that Jonathan will choose. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. on January 16th.

Some exciting news!

Recently, your Board of Directors learned that former Masterworks Artistic Director, Dr. Scott Glysson, has been invited to perform concerts in Varna and Sofia, Bulgaria, in late June. He would like to offer this opportunity to members of TMC. Many of you know and have sung with Scott and have great respect for his many talents. Scott will be directing the Mozart Requiem and, as we’ve recently sung this wonderful work, I know that many will find performing this particular piece most enjoyable.

Earlier this year, Masterworks Chorale members toured and sang in Bulgaria and had a wonderful time. We found both Sofia and Varna to be extraordinary cities, being very safe and, frankly, an incredible bargain when it comes to eating at the most wonderful restaurants. Some of us arrived in Bulgaria a day earlier than the tour or departed one or two days after the tour ended. Arrangements like this are made with great flexibility by Varna International, the tour organizers.

With full disclosure, the trip taken last summer was a change from one that had been originally scheduled by the Tucson Symphony Chorus. Because of a commitment problem by members of the Symphony Chorus, three couples from Masterworks who had originally signed up for that trip were regretfully unable to take the substitute trip. The tour which Scott is developing has, at this time, over thirty signed and paid participants and will not be cancelled. It will make no difference if five or fifty from Masterworks sign up, the trip will take place. You’ll find complete details of this touring opportunity at this link. Please contact me for additional details.

An appeal for your help.

Board member Yekatherina Bruner has, during the past season, been our “point person” in Masterworks Marketing and Communications.  Her many tasks have included updating our Web site. To allow her to continue with the other important responsibilities of marketing Masterworks, we need to find another person to be our Web Czar. If you have experience in technology and would like to help with this, please notify Board Member Anne Cotton,


Season’s best to you!  See you next year.


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