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Giving Tuesday!

This year, Masterworks Chorale will again participate in Giving Tuesday on November 27, 2018. This national day of giving starts the holiday season with the spirit of generosity. Locally, the Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade are offering matching gifts to eligible northwest Ohio non-profits through #GivingTuesdayNWO. If you make your tax-deductible donation on our website (www.masterworkstoledo.com) on November 27, or send a check dated November 27, your donation will help us receive matching funds to double its value.

We depend on you, our individual supporters to help us continue our strong tradition of vibrant choral music in northwest Ohio. Your gift will let the voices of Masterworks Chorale sing out for years to come.

We thank you for your commitment to Masterworks Chorale.

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Experience Masterworks Chorale

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

How curious it is that we humans are so inclined to see ourselves as separate from “Nature,” and so inclined to busy ourselves with only that which is man-made! We race past the beauty that is available to us, from the smallest flower petal to the towering tree, from floating fireflies to soaring hawks, from the golden sun to the silver moon, seeing only cars and buildings and computer screens. Fortunately, the wise among us—our poets and our children—remind us that we are actually connected in a fundamental way to the flora and fauna and geology and astronomy that we call the natural world, and that when our attention to this connection wanes, we lose the power of nature to both calm and revitalize.

In this concert season of the Masterworks Chorale, we seek to give voice to poets and composers who celebrate nature and reconnect us to our foundation in the living world. From our Christmas concert with its images of snowy trees, shining stars, and animals around the manger; through works with string quartet that evoke birdsong, sunrise, and lake water in our Classics concert; to our Collage concert with songs about flowers and creatures that fascinate and inspire us, we’ll offer music that speaks to our core.

Let’s set aside some moments this year to consider the web of life rather than the world wide web, to listen to live human voices sing of the majestic and humble beauty of the world in which we live, to “rest in the grace of the world,” as Wendell Berry put it, and find peace and joy. I hope that you’ll join me this season for beautiful and meaningful music that connects us both to each other and to all the wonders of nature.

-Tim Cloeter, Artistic Director


Calendar


  • Christmas Concert:
    And Heav'n and Nature Sing!

    Saturday, December 1, 2018 8 p.m.
    Sunday, December 2, 2018 4 p.m.

    Epworth United Methodist Church
    4855 West Central Avenue, Toledo, Ohio


    Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village, though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.

    from Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
    by Robert Frost


    As the winter solstice approaches, nature takes on an arresting austerity. The crisply cold air on our faces, the muffled crunch of snow beneath our feet, the sturdiness of tall pines in the dark, the crystalline clarity of stars above, all are part of the remedy nature offers for the mad scramble of a commercialized season that allows little room for thought of what truly matters. We open our concert season with music that resets our inner tempo and allows peace and joy to take root again in our lives. With this program of songs, readings, and audience carols, we’ll usher in the holiday season thoughtfully and joyfully.

    Tickets: Adult - $25/$20, Student - $12


  • Classics Concert:
    Birdsong at the Lake

    Saturday, March 23, 2019 8 p.m.


    Epiphany Lutheran Church
    915 N. Reynolds Road, Toledo, Ohio

    I will arise and go now, for always night and day
    I hear lake water lapping
    with low sounds by the shore;
    While I stand on the roadway,
    or on the pavements grey,
    I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

    fromThe Lake Isle of Innisfree
    by William Butler Yeats


    Settings of the poem quoted above by Eleanor Daley, Bradley Ellingboe, and Ola Gjeilo (the latter of which will include string quartet, piano, and steel string guitar) will form one column of this program, with Mozart’s “Sparrow” Mass forming the other column, and movements from Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass bridging the two. Gjeilo’s cinematic sound will be beautifully contrasted with the Classical style of the Mozart mass in which melodic figures played by the violins were thought at the time to evoke birdsong.

    Tickets: Adult - $25/$20, Student - $12


  • Collage Concert:
    Flora and Fauna

    Sunday, June 2, 2019 3 p.m.


    Franciscan Center at Lourdes University
    6832 Convent Boulevard, Sylvania, Ohio


    The panther is like a leopard
    except it hasn’t been peppered.
    If you behold a panther crouch
    prepare to say “ouch.”
    Better yet, if called by a panther,
    don’t anther.

    The Panther
    by Ogden Nash


    With repertoire that spans from the Renaissance to the present, and is at times poignant and at other times whimsical, this concert pays tribute to the plant and animal kingdoms. Adding to the visual beauty of the event will be choreography by Nigel Burgoine, presented by the dancers of his Ballet Theatre of Toledo, and adding to the vocal color and texture of the concert will be the outstanding Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio: Bel Canto Choir directed by Amanda Rasey. Featuring Eric Whitacre’s “Seal Lullaby,” Benjamin Britten’s Flower Songs, and humorous settings of Ogden Nash poetry, this concert will move and entertain you.

    Tickets: Adult - $25/$20, Student - $12

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Individual Sponsorships

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our individual sponsors. Thank you so much for your generous support! If you would like to become one of our sponsors, click on the 'Donate' link below. Your name will appear in our concert program. Thank you for helping us to share great choral music with the Toledo community!

Corporate Sponsorships

Advertisements will appear in four Masterworks Chorale concert programs:

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 8 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist, Toledo
  • Sunday, December 2, 2018 4 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist, Toledo
  • Saturday, March 23, 2019 8 p.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Toledo
  • Sunday, June 2, 2019 3 p.m. at The Franciscan Center at Lourdes University, Sylvania, Ohio

These concerts will provide exposure to approximately 1500 concert patrons.
Camera-ready copy is preferred, but we can set text if you provide any necessary graphics.

Please send ad copy and checks payable to:
Masterworks Chorale, PO Box 114, Toledo, OH 43697.
Questions? Call the Masterworks Office at 419.742.2775.

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