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Music in the Time of Leonardo

 Summer Sing 

August 9, 7:30 pm


Join us under the direction of Dr. Cory Alexander as we explore the music that Leonardo da Vinci  would have heard during his life in northern Italy.  Marking the 500th year since Leonardo’s death, we will  explore music by Leonardo’s contemporaries and  compare it with music by composers of our own time.


If you are interested in singing with us, click the button below for more information on  Summer Sing, and rehearsal dates and time.

Summer Sing Information

This Finely Woven Earth

October 6, 2019 - 7:00 pm - Phillips Center for the Performing Arts


Join us for a celebration 250 years in the making, Alexander von Humboldt’s birthday!
The Gainesville Master Chorale will perform “This Finely Woven Earth”, contemporary music encompassing earth, air, fire, water, and wildlife.  In 1828, von Humboldt commissioned family friend and renowned German composer Felix Mendelssohn to write and conduct the “Humboldt Cantata”. The “Willkommen” (welcome) from the cantata will open the program to be followed by a variety of beautiful and even funny choral selections on the theme, This Finely Woven Earth. This concert will celebrate Humboldt’s global perspective and the present-day significance for conservation and ecology of the planet.


The evening celebration features Andrea Wulf, best-selling author of “The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World,” who will provide a presentation on her work, answer audience questions, and sign copies of her books.

  • 7-7:45 pm: “This Finely Woven Earth” performance by the Gainesville Master Chorale under the direction of Dr. Will Kesling
  • 8-8:45 pm: The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf
  • 8:45-9:30 pm: Q&A + book signing


Andrea Wulf reveals the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he shaped our understanding of nature today. Though almost forgotten today, his name lingers everywhere from the Humboldt Current to the Humboldt penguin. He was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax–infested Siberia. Perceiving nature as an interconnected global force, Humboldt discovered similarities between climate zones across the world and predicted human-induced climate change. He turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and his writings inspired naturalists and poets such as Charles Darwin, William Wordsworth and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and politicians such as Thomas Jefferson. Wulf also argues that it was Humboldt’s influence that led John Muir to his ideas of preservation and that shaped Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden.” Wulf traces Humboldt’s influences through the great minds he inspired in revolution, evolution, ecology, conservation, art and literature. In “The Invention of Nature,” Wulf brings this lost hero to science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life.  

Future Concert Schedule - 2019-2020

October, 2019 - This Finely Woven Earth / Alexander Von Humboldt - UF  Phillips Center
December, 2019 - Sounds of the Season - UF Phillips Center
February, 2020 - Music with a Latin Flair
April, 2020 - Beethoven 250th Birthday Celebration
October, 2020 - Beethoven's 9th Symphony

Most Recent Performances

March 2019

 The Dawn of Spirit & Light

 The  Gainesville Master Chorale, accompanied by orchestra and guest soloist Nate Pence, presented works from two  of the most popular composers of our time, Dan Forrest and John  Rutter.  Dan Forrest’s  Lux: The Dawn From On High (2018) was a beautiful work exploring  various facets of Light (Lux) in texts ranging for ancient scripture to modern secular love poetry. John  Rutter’s Feel the Spirit (2001) presented  a set of seven well-known African-American spiritual arrangements,  indicative of the musical style of George Gershwin.

December 2018

The Gainesville Master Chorale was pleased to again join with the  UF Concert Choir and the UF Symphony Orchestra in presenting the annual Sounds of the Season holiday concert.
The 2018 concert was a celebration of 200 years of Silent Night.
The performance was aired live on WUFT-TV.  Click below for a link to the concert.

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