2018/2019 Season - Shining Night



  faurÉ requiem | holiday concerts | brahms | misa criolla

2018/19 Season Overview


In Masterwork’s 55th season, Shining Night, we explore the hope and beauty that shines in the darkness. Our season’s program includes two beautiful requiems by Gabriel Fauré and Johannes Brahms, which are united in their their mission to provide solace to the living, and songs about the night (and the light that shines in it) from Franz Schubert to Morten Lauridsen. We also celebrate contemporary American composer Kirke Mechem, the ‘Dean of American Choral Composers,’ whose music will be featured in each of the concerts.



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Concert details


Temple of Juno in Agrigento - Caspar David Friedrich


faurÉ Requiem

plus works by Franz Schubert and Kirke Mechem

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 7:00pm
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 4:00pm
Congregational Church of San Mateo
225 Tilton Avenue
San Mateo - map

Our season opening is a performance of the intimate Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. Of this, his most famous work, Fauré wrote: “My Requiem has a sweet nature, like me!” And, indeed, it is surely the most gentle and serene of the Requiems. Its poise, apparent simplicity, balanced structure, and unruffled beauty have led many to call it Hellenic, comparing it to the art of classical Greece. Rounding out this program are choral works by Franz Schubert (Ständchen, Nachthelle) and Kirke Mechem (Island in Space), as well as songs for soloists by Schubert and Fauré.

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Holiday Concerts

Masterworks invites you to celebrate the holidays in song at our special family concerts (this year we’ll have two starting times!) or at the joyous traditional concert.


Kids Concert

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 1:00pm and 4:00pm
Transfiguration Episcopal Church
3900 Alameda de las Pulgas
San Mateo - map

Calling all kids and kids at heart! Our special family concert features sing-alongs, activities, and this year's enchanting holiday story The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. And be sure to stay for the cookie buffet afterward!

Enjoy a magical, musical start to the holiday season, and make this annual concert your new family tradition!

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traditional concert & holiday market

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4:00pm
Congregational Church of San Mateo
225 Tilton Avenue
San Mateo- map

Add a sparkle to your holidays with our festive holiday program. Featuring Seven Joys of Christmas by Kirke Mechem, Christmas Joy by Dan Forrest, and many other festive holiday songs both traditional and modern that will bring joy and warmth into this winter afternoon. And of course, you will be able to join the choir in singing beloved carols.

After the concert, savor our traditional cookie buffet. Don’t miss the fun!

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Arnold Böcklin - Die Toteninsel III (Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin)

Brahms requiem

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7:00pm
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 4:00pm

This is the biggest production of our season, with full-blown orchestra and soloists: the magnificent German Requiem by Johannes Brahms! Brahms' longest and most famous choral work is not a Requiem Mass in the traditional sense: the seven movements of this piece are focused on the living, with music set around different biblical verses that lead from suffering and mourning to comfort and consolation. We will also present Blow Ye the Trumpet by Kirke Mechem for chorus and orchestra.

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Tukuta Gordillo en la Misa Criolla en la Biblioteca Nacional

misa Criolla

by Ramírez and pieces by Morten Lauridsen

Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 8:00pm
Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 4:00pm
Messiah Lutheran Church
1835 Valota Road
Redwood City - map

A mass that will make you want to put on your dancing shoes? Come hear for yourself, as we finish our season with the Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramírez, a composition praised for its color and rhythmic energy, and its connection to the culture, language, and music of Argentina. We revisit our season's theme with three Nocturnes by Morten Lauridsen, set to poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, Pablo Neruda, and James Agee. Finally, Kirke Mechem's Las Americas Unidas which contains both Spanish and English texts echoing each other; a sweeping tribute to cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.

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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.