2019-2020 Concert Series
All concerts are performed at Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University
1700 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30322


All Creatures Great and Small
Friday, October 4, 2019 | 8pm
Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 8pm
$30 adult, $25 seniors/groups (10+)/Emory staff, $10 student

All things bright and beautiful;
All creatures great and small;
All things wise and wonderful;
The Lord God made them all.

This lovely and well-known poem was written by Mrs. Cecil Alexander in 1848 and was first published in her Hymns for Little Children. It was the inspiration for a book by James Herriot, which in turn became a popular BBC television series. The text can be found in most hymnals, and many versions for choir have been composed. We’ll sing the one written by British composer John Rutter, which just might be the best.

Inspired by the phrase, “All creatures great and small,” our first concert of the season is an exploration of music about birds, animals, and all manner of assorted fauna. No matter if they be tiny or large, if they slither on the ground or soar in the air, choral song is filled with references to beasts, bees, and bugs. You might be surprised (we were!) to discover how much music has been written about the animal kingdom and what “all creatures great and small” might teach us about ourselves.



Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale
Friday, December 13, 2019 | 8pm
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 8pm
Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 4pm
$35 adult, $30 seniors/groups (10+)/Emory staff, $15 student

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
‘Peace on the earth, good will towards men,
From heaven’s all-gracious King.’
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the angels sing.

-Edmund Hamilton Sears, 1849

Join us once again as we journey to the hillside outside Bethlehem

Listen as the angels break in upon our world and “heaven and nature sing.”

Ponder the coming of “joy to the world” and the promised hope of “peace on earth.”

Celebrate together the “dawn of redeeming grace.”

Sing together the songs of the Christmas season.



Questions and Queries
Friday, March 6, 2020 | 8pm
Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 8pm
$30 adult, $25 seniors/groups (10+)/Emory staff, $10 student

Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?
We wish. We hope. We wonder. We want to know.

A big part of what makes us human is our ability to form such questions. As young students, we think all questions have answers and that our teachers know those answers. Later, we discover that some of the best questions don’t have answers but only lead to more, and perhaps even better, questions.

In music, we find reflections of our hopes and dreams, of love and loss. It should come as no surprise that our popular songs are often filled with questions: “What’s going on?” (Marvin Gaye); “Should I stay or should I go?” (The Clash); “I’ll bet you think this song is about you, don’t you?” (Carly Simon).

Choral music asks its share of questions, too, often taking on life’s biggest questions: “Who are we?” “Why are we here?” “Is there a God?” Join us for our third concert of the season as we ponder questions and conundrums large and small.

You’re looking forward to it, right?



Beethoven: missa solemnis
Friday, May 1, 2020 | 8pm
Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 8pm
$45 adult, $40 seniors/groups (10+)/Emory staff, $15 student

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig Van Beethoven, who was born in Bonn, Germany, in 1770. In celebration, Atlanta Master Chorale will present Beethoven’s masterpiece choral work—Missa Solemnis.

Music critic Paul Griffiths wrote that Missa Solemnis stands alongside the Ninth Symphony as Beethoven’s supreme achievement. He writes, “They are two colossal counterparts, celebrations of the godliness of humanity and the humanity of God.”

Composed at the end of Beethoven’s life, the score was completed; but the work was never performed in its entirety in his lifetime. Beethoven inscribed these words into the autographed copy of the score: “From the heart—may it return again to the heart.”

An orchestra and guest soloists will join Atlanta Master Chorale to perform this work that is poised between heights of Promethean power and depths of hushed intimacy, between passages of dense contrapuntal complexity and of transparent beauty.

Experience with us one of the greatest works of choral art ever composed.


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