Celebrate our 70th Anniversary Year with Us!
In 1951, a group of Charlotte singers founded the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte. They envisioned a group that would perform great choral masterpieces. The first concert was held at Myers Park United Methodist Church, included 68 singers and was sponsored by the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
After the 1992-1993 season, the Boards of the Oratorio Singers and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra merged the two organizations. This combination enabled the production of large-scale choral-orchestral works. In the fall of 2015, the name of the chorus was changed to Charlotte Symphony Chorus, then in the fall of 2018, we became an independent performing arts organization and changed our name to the current Charlotte Master Chorale. While now independent, we remain the resident chorus of the Charlotte Symphony.
Join us as we celebrate our 70th Anniversary Season with a mix of classic and contemporary works.
As we return to live performance, the audience will be taken on a journey of reflection on the life-changing events of the past twenty years and how the soul responds to grief, loss, and healing. This introspective concert will feature music by J. S. Bach, Samuel Barber, and Jake Runestad.
Considering Matthew Shepard
September 30, October 3 (Charlotte)
October 2 (Asheville)
This landmark work for chamber choirs was written in 2016 and has received attention nationwide for it’s social themes. It would be a bold project that leads the audience on an “inspiring, challenging, and deeply meaningful journey.” Not only are the social themes noteworthy, but Johnson’s use of a diversity of musical styles in telling the story makes the work unique.
November 26, 27
Hilarious and heartwarming, Home Alone is a quintessential holiday favorite.
Your whole family will delight in John Williams' beloved score performed live, while the full-length film is projected on a big screen above the orchestra.
December 3, 4, 5
Handel's stunning masterpiece is back by popular demand.
Join your CSO, Charlotte Master Chorale, and four soloists for this enduring oratorio full of passion and exquisite beauty. "Hallelujah!"
Ian Watson, conductor
Christmas with the Charlotte Master Chorale
December 10, 11
Come join the Main Chorus and the Chamber Singers as we present classic settings of carols and holiday music.
This celebration of the season will feature music and arrangements by Mack Wilberg as well as our own Phil Biedenbender and Kenney Potter.
Singin' the Brews
December 17, 18
Members of the Charlotte Master Chorale present a series of free 30-minute concerts of seasonal music and merriment at local breweries around Charlotte. Audiences will be invited to sing along to the familiar festive tunes of the season.
Dona Nobis Pacem
March 11, 12
Celebrating the CSO's 90th birthday, Music Director Christopher Warren-Green leads an all-English program culminating with Vaughan Williams's beautifully lush Dona Nobis Pacem.
Christopher Warren-Green, conductor
Sharleen Joynt, soprano
Daniel Okulitch, bass-baritone
HOLST Walt Whitman Overture
ARNOLD Four Scottish Dances
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Dona Nobis Pacem
This concert will take a look back at the unifying themes of resilience and hope as we reflect upon the past 70 years as an organization and look ahead to the future. On the program will be Robert Cohen’s moving Alzheimer Stories as well as a world premiere of a newly-written work for the Charlotte Master Chorale.
Beethoven's Ode to Joy
May 20, 21, 22
In his final performance as Music Director before becoming Conductor Laureate, Christopher Warren-Green conducts one of the greatest works of all time: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Experience the epic power and unparalleled expression of joy, culminating with the uplifting "Ode to Joy" finale.
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 "Choral"
Charlotte Master Chorale Chamber Singers
This annual program makes its post-COVID return to Charlotte. Come hear one of the Southeast’s finest chamber choirs perform great choral works of past and present.
(Dates are subject to change)