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The Masterworks Chorus is comprised of about 50+ singers from Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Members have varied musical and professional backgrounds, but they have in common their love of singing classic choral pieces.
Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights from 7:00 p.m. until 9 p.m. starting October 11th through April at the United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches, located at 900 Brandywine Road, West Palm Beach, FL. 33409. Get off I-95 at Palm Beach Lakes Blvd and go west ¼ mile until the first traffic light (Robbins Drive N). Turn right (north) and go about 300 yards until the road dead ends at Brandywine Road. Make a left and the church will be on your left.
What it means to me to be a Masterworks Chorus member
by Jane Niebch, member since 2007
I joined the Masterworks Chorus to continue my journey seeking great choral music. I knew that Jack Jones had an outstanding reputation as a choral conductor. When I joined, Mr. Jones had just retired. I had the opportunity to sing songs from the King and I at Mar-a-Lago under the new conductor. It was fun to have a bird’s eye view of the mansion on Palm Beach. One year later, Ken Taylor took over the chorus, and the great music returned. It was very thrilling to sing Carmina Burana by Carl Orff under his direction. There were several very memorable works that we learned. One of my favorites was Mozart’s Requiem. I had never learned this work before, but I had heard the music in the movie Amadeus. How exciting to be making the very same sounds that had me enraptured when I watched the movie. Every time we sang Handel’s Messiah we had an amazing evening, hearing the strings and the harpsichord usher us back into the 18th century. Two performances stand out in my mind of the many enjoyed over my last twelve years as a member. One was the singing of Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall where our conductor, Ken Taylor, became one of us and sang under the baton of Patrick Dupré Quigley. The other was when the chorus joined voices with two other choruses making a vocal phenomenon of over one hundred voices singing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the baton of Maestro Gerard Schwarz. The energy produced there onstage could have generated enough electricity to keep the house lights on at the Kravis. It was euphoric; I am not exaggerating. There is no end to the myriad of feelings experienced when singing in a chorus. A great conductor can make you feel you are on the Broadway stage, in a great epic movie, in an ancient cathedral, celebrating a coronation, or standing at the gates of hell with Mozart’s Dies Irae. Choral music has the power to lift one out of themselves as you blend voices and elevate the words on melodic themes. The messages about life, love, celebration, and tragedy sailing over melodies place the words right in your heart. Making choral music is an indescribable experience, both in its mental challenge and in the stamina demanded of each chorister. Singing choral music delivers a thrill for a lifetime.
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