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“Elijah” is sponsored by Marti Lindholm and Allan Smith. Daniel Eifert is sponsored by Cricket Handler and Jerry Boots.

The Theatrical Mendelssohn: Elijah

Sun, April 23, 2023 | 3 pm

This dramatic oratorio tells the story of the prophet Elijah in a series of scenes, including the resurrection of a youth, a contest between the prophets of Baal and Elijah, the plotting of Queen Jezebel against Elijah, and Elijah’s final ascension into heaven. Mendelssohn imitates the great oratorios of Bach and Handel. Conducted by Thomas Davies, Elijah is performed in two parts, with a dramatic overture to begin the action.

Beyond the Notes is sponsored by
Libbie Agran and the Shanbrom Family Foundation.

beyond the notes –
“Fanny Mendelssohn hensel and the Problem of a Woman in Music”

Sat, April 22, 2023 | 7:00 PM

Speaker: Dr. Marian Wilson Kimber
Professor of Musicology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Location: San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo

Free Admission

Beyond the Notes is sponsored by
Libbie Agran and the Shanbrom Family Foundation.

Beyond the notes –
“Felix Mendelssohn Composes His World”

Sun, April 23 | 1:15 PM

Speaker: Dr. Marian Wilson Kimber
Professor of Musicology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Location: Pavilion, Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo


Free Admission


Our Story

Since its inception in 1984, the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale has been performing concerts of major works for chorus and orchestra for the public, connecting the community and expanding its diverse, appreciative, and loyal audience. In addition to three concerts of high artistic quality each season, the SLO Master Chorale is proud to host educational presentations by nationwide scholars, enriching the works performed by the Chorale and its performers, audience, and community.

“Thank you for your meticulous work with the chorus for our performance. The music was wonderful: uplifting, graceful, quirky at times (Poulenc), and both a joy and a challenge to sing, with different reasons for each piece.”


“Just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed this year’s presentation… you hit all the high spots musically.”


“Thank you so much for the Fauré Requiem weekend in SLO. I had a great time singing with you all and really enjoyed your musical ideas and approach.”


“What a wonderful concert! Everyone had a wonderful time; the choir sounded so good, big audience and all the orchestra was talking about how enjoyable it was to play.”


“Working with your group is always one of the most enjoyable and meaningful performances of the year. Thanks so much for the opportunity.”

Kind Words

from our friends

I can’t thank you and the Chorale enough for that wonderful concert. It more than made up for the two plus years’ delay. It seems to me that the Chorale is now singing at it’s very best…

Former chorale member

I just want to thank you for a beautiful performance Sunday evening. It was stunning “Perfection pure”. Thank you to the chorus, orchestra and soloists -a splendid job!!

Former Chorale Member

The Faure Requiem was exquisite! Woven gossamer! The acoustics enabled one to appreciate the delicate texture of the work. Huzzah for the Sopranos! They sounded like boy sopranos…such straight tone! Soloists were great! Congratulations to you and your leadership. Tears of joy were shed by many including me.

Audience member

The French Connection was superb! Beautiful singing, strong directing. Worth driving four hours. Congratulations, and thank you.

Audience Member

slo master chorale

takes the stage

San Luis Obispo Master Chorale adds beauty to the world by presenting concerts of inspiring masterworks that touch listeners’ hearts and souls. Singers and other musicians come together with a mutual love of music and its capacity to fill the heart and soul with joy. Our ensemble offers the emotional expressiveness that only the human voice can communicate. We delight in sharing our talent and passion for music with the sophisticated audiences of the Central Coast.