Decoding the Masterworks

Cantare is excited to offer an all-new program during shelter-in-place: Decoding the Masterworks, a series of five weekly lectures/sing-alongs exploring five major choral/orchestral masterpieces. 

Register now to join Artistic Director David Morales via Zoom on Monday evenings from June 22 to July 20, 7-9pm, as he goes into depth on a different major work each week. He will discuss the historical context and defining musical characteristics of each piece, along with the texts and compositional techniques employed 

by each composer.

60=70 minutes of each session will be devoted to singing along, so attendees can fully experience the music. Musical scores will be shown onscreen as well as sent as PDFs to all registrants on the Friday before each class, and again on that Monday. Printing them out is encouraged for your convenience.

Each session will be recorded, and links to the recording sent afterward to all those registered for that week. So don't be afraid to sign up even if time zones or other Monday evening events make it difficult to attend live!

David brings 51 years of choir conducting and 25 years of teaching college-level music classes to this new program. "Even while not able to stand next to those who share our passion for choral singing," he says, "this is a good time for us to go deeper into understanding what rests within these notes, rhythms, harmonies and texts, as well as nourish our souls through singing together."


June 22: Messiah – G. F. Handel
June 29: The Creation – F. J. Haydn
July 6: A German Requiem – Johannes Brahms

July 13: Elijah – Felix Mendelssohn
July 20: Missa da Requiem – Giuseppe Verdi 

Time: Monday evenings, 7pm – 9pm
Tuition is $12 per session. Registration for each week closes at 5pm PDT on that Monday.