HISTORY OF MADRIGAL CHORALE
For more than a century, Madrigal Chorale has served the community and enriched the cultural climate of Southeast Michigan. MC, termed “one of metro Detroit’s artistic jewels,” is comprised of fourty men and women, all competitively auditioned, who share an unequaled commitment to excellence in vocal music performance.
MC has a rich history of choral performance and community service dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. In 1900 Charles Morse founded the all male Orpheus Club that performed two classical music concerts each year. In 1914, Mr. Morse founded the Madrigal Club of Detroit, the 16 women counterpart to the Orpheus Club. Madrigal Club of Detroit performed for 64 continuous seasons, offering to its audiences the finest in women’s classical choral music.
In 1980, a new choir was formed from the members of the Orpheus Club and the Madrigal Club. This new mixed voice ensemble took on the name Madrigal Chorale of Southfield. The chorale maintained the classical tradition of its predecessors, yet broadened its repertoire to include more 20th century music — popular, jazz, spiritual and ethnic. In 1981, MC performed under the direction of Artistic Director, Carolyn Eynon. In 1992, Robert A. Martin, Ph.D., was named the second Artistic Director of MC and remains in that position today. Under the leadership of Dr. Martin, MC’s artistic horizon continues to expand.
In addition to a full local concert season, the accomplishments of this collegial group include performances under the baton of world renowned conductors Leonard Bernstein, Neeme Järvi, Rachel Worby, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Erich Kunzel; appearances in venues across North America including the White House and Carnegie Hall; concert tours of England, Wales, Italy and Austria; regular performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; and local radio and TV broadcasts. MC was featured at the 1995 Midwest Music Conference in Ann Arbor during the prestigious invitational Choral Hour sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association. In 2001 MC performed in the Strickler Concert Series at Albion College and in 2003 at Interlochen. In 2009, MC had the honor of performing in Bay View’s Concert Series, and in 2010, MC performend at the American Choral Directors Association at Central Michigan Universtiy. In 2012, Madrigal Chorale of Southfield shortened its name to Madrigal Chorale.
2013 brought two major highlights:
In 2014 MC collaborated with Cantata Academy Chorale to perform an Opera Choruses Concert.
MC returned to Bay View to perform a concert to cap of a very full 2015 season and is proud to announce our invitation to Carnegie Hall again in 2017 !!
MC has also produced four highly successful CD recordings.
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