2016-2017 Season


For 53 years Masterworks Chorale has inspired our community. We dedicate our professional performance of superior choral music to the enrichment, nourishment, education and entertainment of our audience, striving to create a meaningful personal experience for patron and performer.

masterwork's 53rd Season

March 25 & 26 verdi requiem
June 3 & 4 Life is a Cabaret:  Songs of Kander & Ebb




Masterworks 53rd Season




verdi requiem

Verdi brought a lifetime of experience composing opera to this work, and it is formed on an epic scale, propelling us on an intense journey through loss, terror, grief and hope. Yet in its intimate moments, it also has the quality of personal testimony, speaking to us of love, friendship, and the endurance of the human spirit.

Our production brings the critically acclaimed Masterworks Chorale together with superb soloists and the massed forces of a 46-piece orchestra, all conducted by the outstanding Dr. Bryan Baker.

Saturday, March 25, 8pm
Sunday, March 26, 3pm

Cañada College Main Theatre
4200 Farm Hill Boulevard
Redwood City, - map

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Pre-concert lectures

Saturday, March 25 - 7:30-7:50
House open for seating at 7:15pm
Champagne reception after performance in the lobby at the theater.

Sunday, March 26 - 2:30-2:50
House open for seating at 2:15pm
Reception in lobby afterwards.



Marcelle Dronkers, soprano

"Dronkers has it all"
"...powerful delivery"
"...alive to every dramatic nuance"
"...fearless blend of force and agility"


Michelle Rice,

" ...tones of pure gold"
"...her vocalism made every phrase speak"
"...dramatically charged and vocally superlative"


David Gustafson, tenor

"Gustafson, in a strong company debut, turned out to be just the singer the production needed, deploying plenty of vocal power in the service of a characterization both noble and pitiably tormented...unleashing his brief cry of triumph after the Venetians' naval victory with ringing, precisely placed top notes and ardent phrasing."


Paul Thompson, bass

Thompson studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as throughout Europe. He has enjoyed wide-ranging roles on both continents, including the Verdi Requiem as a favorite.  His performance highlights include the title roles in Mozart's  Le Nozze di Figaro and Donizetti's Don Pasquale.


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life is a cabaret:


We present the fun, tuneful and entertaining songs of one of Broadway's best-loved and most admired musical writing teams. Taken from the likes of Chicago and Cabaret, we will present a concert-style revue of solo and choral versions of songs including "Maybe this Time," "Money Makes the World Go Round," "All that Jazz," "Mr. Cellophane," "Cabaret," etc.

Saturday, June 3, 8pm
Sunday, June 4, 4pm

Congregational Church of San Mateo
225 Tilton Avenue
San Mateo, - map

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Masterworks Chorale :: Tickets & Group Discounts

Masterworks strives to provide the lowest ticket prices possible, while supporting outstanding venues and soloists. Tickets for concerts (except where noted) are:

  • $30 advance purchase by phone or web
  • $35 at the door
  • $10 for children and students with ID

Group Discounts

Groups of 10 or more can get a discount of $5 per ticket on advance purchase tickets.

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance, and through a singer, by calling 650.918.6225, or by email to info@masterworks.org.
    (Not available online).
  • We cannot reserve seating for groups; if groups want to sit together they will need to arrive early.

Ticket Policies

  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • Tickets may be exchanged for the same concert-set/venue. The exchange must be made no later than 48 hours before the performance date by calling the office at 650.918.6225.