We Celebrate the Diversity of Choral Music
In fact, our tag line is, “Six Centuries of Music,” which we have been singing for ten years. Our creative programming is the source of the Chorale’s distinct character and identity. The MMC was founded to present choral music in a variety of styles and genres including jazz, classical, pop, Romantic, modern, Baroque, folk, early, and ethnic. And we do it well. By design we seldom perform pieces that are more than ten minutes long.
We choose diverse composers. They are male, female, fluid; white, not white; living and dead; all ages; from all over the world. Consequently, we sing a cool and rewarding repertoire that includes languages from Europe and Central Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
We Promote Artistic Excellence and Creativity
Our guest artists are at the top of their game and respected by their peers. They enjoy the opportunity to perform the Chorale’s eclectic and challenging repertoire, and they are as diverse as our composers, except they are all living. Our audience and our members enjoy the chance to hear these world class musicians.
Here’s what people are saying about our guest artists:
“… interests include music, gender, and identity—specifically the ability for music to open spaces for under-represented forms of embodiment and identity.”
"... a true vocal talent that you will only encounter once or twice in your lifetime."
"… in a class by herself. At the core of her powers are a rich plummy sound, an astonishing virtuosity, unerring intonation, and a deep sense of swing."
"… extremely compelling…. She is one of the few practitioners of her instrument, of any gender, genre, or generation, who can completely command my attention...."
"… delightfully smart and quicksilver."
“… titles include performer, composer, songwriter, producer, arranger, music director, and educator.”
“... prodigious technique and improvisatory prowess promptly erase any emotion except awe."
“… the album provides a compelling, evolutionary listening experience.”
“He continues to cross boundaries, performing in a broad spectrum of styles. His music is energetic and accessible, rooted in the jazz mainstream, and charged with eclectic influences.”
Our Artistic Director includes and promotes local composers when selecting repertoire for the Chorale. In addition, the MMC has premiered compositions by local composers, including students, a building contractor, and well-established artists. We also commission new works. Due to the high caliber of our singers, we are a place where composers may express their creativity and stretch their skills. We find that their music reflects the boundlessness and the enchantment of the LA soundscape.
To deepen the connection to the music and to broaden the artistic experience, we collaborate with an Emmy-award-winning producer who creates videos to accompany some of our songs. The films tie the lyrics and music to the theme of the concert. Our audience enjoys the extra dimension the videos bring to the concert experience.
We invite anyone who can sing and read music to audition to become a member of this distinguished ensemble. We offer scholarships to remove any financial barriers that may prevent singers from participating with the group.
We Bring Communities Together
We are profoundly grateful for the exposure to music we received while growing up—the concerts, music lessons, and school choirs—that made it possible for us to sing with the MMC today. We choose to pay those experiences forward. We do this by keeping ticket prices low so that anyone can attend. In addition, through our Community Outreach Program, we provide complimentary tickets to our concerts to organizations that serve low income and disabled people, and those who are living with HIV/AIDS. The MMC makes it possible for people who are often not able to participate in LA’s vibrant cultural life to hear great music in a live setting.
What brings our audience together? They expect the unexpected from the MMC. They look forward to excellent music. And they know that each concert will be a journey that they experience as a community.
Who attends MMC concerts? They live in the valley, South Pasadena, West Hollywood, Long Beach, the west side, Inglewood, downtown LA—all over the Los Angeles region. Our audience is as diverse as the communities they come from. There are families, artists, veterans, students, all ages, and all genders including LGBTQIA.
Our singers are attracted to the MMC due to the repertoire, our Mission, and our Community Outreach Program. In addition to singing with the MMC, they are conductors, arrangers, publishers, and music educators. They sing opera, musical theater, rock, jazz, big band, and barbershop. They perform in cabarets, clubs, churches, synagogues. They are background vocal singers and session singers. Some of our members belong to performing arts unions. They are all representatives of the diverse Los Angeles community. And they are committed to bringing our expanding community together through the joy of singing.