From TOM JABER, HMC Artistic and Music Director

Hello Houston,

Welcome to the Houston Masterworks Chorus 30th Anniversary Season!

“The Year of the Pearls”

We are very excited to be observing this important milestone for our beloved ensemble. Our 2016-2017 season promises concerts of marvelous music and a variety of celebratory occasions. Each event will highlight our very own “Year of the Pearls.”

“Pearls of Great Price”

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, at 4:00 pm, we will join the Rice University Chorale; a Chamber Orchestra; Baritone, Mark Diamond; and Soprano, Georgia Belmont, in singing the magnificent and moving Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. The "Concert of Hope" will be presented at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in the Stude Concert Hall.
Admission is Free

“The Joy of Pearls”

On Sunday, November 13th at 7:00pm, we once again join the Rice Chorale in Stude Concert Hall to celebrate the 70th Anniversary Season of the venerable Houston Youth Symphony, as we present Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony." Maestro Michael Webster will conduct the large orchestra and chorus. We will be joined by four superb soloists selected from the Shepherd School of Music graduate program in voice and opera studies.
Tickets are available at: www.houstonyouthsymphony.com

“Baroque Pearls”

Houston Masterworks Chorus returns to Downtown Houston's glorious Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Monday, December 19th at 7:00 pm. The Houston Masterworks Chorus, a wonderful orchestra, and four guest soloists will offer the Baroque masterpiece, Handel’s "Messiah” in the Sing A-long format. Bring your score, or borrow one at the door, and join us in your singing your favorite choruses. This very popular annual event will surely be a highlight among Houston's many presentations during the Season of Advent and Christmas.
Tickets available at: www.houstonmasterworks.org

“Cultured Pearls”

Monday, January 16, 2017, Martin Luther King Day, at 7:00 pm, marks a first:

“Houston Sings All-State!”

For the first time in our 30 year history, we are offering an incredible opportunity for Houston area high school choristers to sing the ENTIRE TMEA All -State Chorus audition repertoire ALONGSIDE the Houston Masterworks Chorus. These students will have been diligently preparing this music for the six months prior to January. Every year, many of our young people learn this music and sing a series of auditions in the process. Due to sheer numbers, not all students are invited to perform in the TMEA All State Choirs or at the conference in San Antonio. Many may never have the experience of performing the music they have worked so hard to learn.

The Houston Masterworks Chorus intends to change this. We are stepping up to the plate to provide an occasion for ALL who have auditioned and know the music and wish to participate. We are singing their repertoire with them.

The life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be celebrated on this national holiday.

We will rehearse and perform with the high school students in West Houston in the beautiful Grace Presbyterian Church sanctuary. Stay tuned for further details throughout the fall. Stay tuned for further details throughout the fall.
Tickets available here.

“Pearls of Great Fortune”

Our grand Houston Masterworks Chorus 30th Anniversary Concert will take place in Stude Concert Hall at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm. We encourage ALL of Houston to join us as we present one of the world's most widely-performed masterpieces for Symphonic Chorus, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. We look forward to being together as we crown our season’s celebrations with great joy and song, expressing many forms of love, life at its lustiest, and the ever-turning wheel of fate and time. Information regarding soloists and other aspects of our celebration will be forthcoming later this fall.

Tickets available at: www.houstonmasterworks.org

Stay tuned to this website for details as they unfold, and for tickets to events as they become available.

With deepest respect and appreciation,

Tom Jaber
Artistic and Music Director
Houston Masterworks Chorus

Professor of Music
Rice University's Shepherd School of Music