Experience Masterworks Chorale
“Chiaroscuro” is an Italian term that literally means “bright and dark.” It often refers to the treatment of light and dark in a pictorial work of art, and it can be used to describe a singing voice that has both ring and depth, but more broadly it refers to the interplay of light and shadow, or even more generally to the contrast of dissimilar qualities. It strikes me that this interplay or contrast is present everywhere in life; it’s expressed in the concept of yin and yang, it underlies the term “bittersweet,” it produces the sayings about clouds with silver linings and windows that are opened when doors are closed. Sorrow and joy, despair and hope, lament and rejoicing—all are interwoven.
In this concert season of the Masterworks Chorale, we consider the juxtaposition of light and dark in life. From our Christmas concert with music of starlight, candlelight, and radiant love, through the masterpieces with orchestra in our Classics concert that express our fears and hopes when we confront mortality, to our Collage concert with songs that celebrate the highs and lows of romantic love, we’ll offer music that acknowledges the full range of human experience and celebrates the duality that is the hallmark of real life.
The mission statement of the Masterworks Chorale is “Connecting lives through choral music,” and to that end this season, we in the Chorale create for ourselves and for you the emotional space to embrace our full humanity, and beautiful and meaningful music to inspire such connection.
-Tim Cloeter, Artistic Director