The San Diego Master Chorale will present the virtual concert “American Originals” at 2 p.m. Sunday.
It is the first in the chorale’s Virtual Spring Series, which will include two more concerts, tentatively scheduled for April 10 and May 23. The chorale is hoping to hold hybrid in-person and virtual concerts for the others in the series, said Katie Hickey, the chorale’s artistic, personnel and production manager. This will rely on San Diego County returning to the red tier and concert venues reopening.
Sunday’s concert includes a pre-show talk featuring Jo-Michael Scheibe and John K. Russell, the chorale’s music director. Scheibe is the conductor of the University of Southern California Chamber Singers and leader of the choral and sacred music program at USC, Hickey said. They will discuss the influence that choral legends like Dale Warland and Stephen Paulus have had on the landscape of American choral music.
The concert features three works by American composers Paulus, Amy Beach and Abbie Betinis, Hickey said. The chorale will perform Paulus’ “The Old Church,” Beach’s “Peace I Leave You” and Betinis’ “Carmina mei Cordis.” Hickey said the chorale members recorded themselves performing the pieces and the audio and video have been combined for the virtual concert.
Tickets are $20, with a $2.50 online processing fee. An additional donation to support the chorale can be made at checkout. Purchase at sdmasterchorale.org or by calling 858-581-2203.
For future spring concerts, Hickey said the chorale is hoping to be able to record the live concerts to stream online later for those unable to attend. Dates and details are not final due to needing to wait for venues to be available, she added.
The April show will be the chorale’s fifth annual High School Honor Choir concert. This is a half-day event for high school choir students and their teachers, Hickey said. The day ends with a short, informal concert, where the students will sing side-by-side with chorale members.
The final spring concert will be held in May. Hickey said the chorale is hoping to hold a garden concert at an outdoor venue. The music will be a “potpourri of (the chorale’s) repertoire” inspired by spring, she added.
Hickey said the chorale is also planning concerts for summer, but details are not available yet.