Christmas with Masterworks, Rejoice!

  • Sat, Dec 16, 2023 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • First Lutheran Houston

    1311 Holman Street
    Houston, Texas 77004
Ticket Price $30.00-$35.00 This event is now over

Christmas with Masterworks, Rejoice! 

Join HMC Artistic Director, Dr. Paulo Gomes, and the Houston Masterworks Chorus for our annual holiday concert. This spectacular event takes you on a musical journey, featuring timeless favorites that evoke the spirit of the holiday season.

*Featuring organist, Grant Smith and the winners of the HMC Young Singer Competition.

An annual celebration spreading joy to all! Our holiday season concert featuring Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël with traditional carols and contemporary holiday favorites, all showcasing the versatility and talent of our singers. During the performance, Dr. Gomes encourages audience members to share childhood holiday memories and choral singers of all ages are invited to join us on stage for a Handel’s "Hallelujah Chorus sing-along.

In 1858, Camille Saint-Saëns composed his oratorio for five vocal soloists, mixed choir, strings, organ, and harp. The work, sung in Latin, is based on texts from the Old and New Testaments, the Psalms and Gospels, as well as the Catholic Christmas liturgy. Distinctive chamber music-like instrumentation, with lyrical solos combine to create a peaceful, pastoral mood bringing in the Christmas season.

Whether you're a choral music enthusiast or simply a lover of the holiday season, Christmas with Masterworks, Rejoice! is an event you won't want to miss. Join us for an unforgettable afternoon of music and celebration.

Date & Time

Sat, Dec 16, 2023 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Venue Details

First Lutheran Houston

1311 Holman Street
Houston, Texas 77004 First Lutheran Houston
Houston Masterworks Chorus

Houston Masterworks Chorus

Bringing the world’s classics to Houston since 1986


From concert halls to outdoor neighborhood venues, Houston Masterworks Chorus (HMC) brings the world’s choral masterworks to Houston. We perform audience favorites from Beethoven, Mozart, and Handel, to works from contemporary composers such as Grammy award winning Christopher Tin, English composer Will Todd, and internationally known, Heitor Villa-Lobos. Our repertoire ranges from oratorios and art songs, to Afro-Brazilian dances and American Jazz. 

Artistic Director, Dr. Paulo Gomes, conducts the auditioned, volunteer chorus showcasing Houston’s cultural richness through diverse choral masterworks. Dr. Gomes, Director of Vocal Division and Choral Activities at Lone Star College-CyFair holds conducting degrees from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Boston University, and the University of Houston.

HMC builds music connections through partnerships and our choral community connects people through the power of music. We bring the music to you! Traveling small ensembles remove barriers to in-person attendance through several outreach events.

Multidisciplinary concerts showcase a variety of local talent through new compositions and reimagined choral favorites. Recent projects featured the Ad Deum Dance Company and West Side High School’s Inertia Dance Company.

HMC’s Young Singer Competition encourages talented high school students to continue singing after high school as a vocation or as a profession.

HMC spearheaded “United in Song”, a virtual festival of five Houston community choirs with over 200 singers: three classically-inspired (Houston Masterworks Chorus, Houston Choral Society, Houston Cecilia Chamber Choir), Houston Show Choir, and one barbershop a cappella group (Space City Sound). (2020)

Our singers represent a wide spectrum of ages and ethnicities.The accessible rehearsal schedule allows busy singers and those reentering the choral community to maintain their love of singing for a lifetime. Belonging is more important than ever, and HMC’s supportive and inclusive choral community aims to meet this crucial need. With singers aged from 17-80+, we provide singing for a lifetime. Over 97% of our singers return each year because they see the value and impact our work does in their own lives and communities.

Won’t you join us on our journey? You can support Houston’s music community and help HMC remove barriers to live music for those who are financially challenged, in recovery, or homebound.

Connect with us if you’re interested in changing the lives of those who sing and those who listen.

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