This program will be filled with songs based on spreading love, beauty and inspiration through music. We will again have a plethora of musical styles represented from standard Choral Classics to Broadway to Rock and more.
Our program will also include a tribute to our former chorale accompanist and friend, Maida Ratcliff, who passed away in June 2017 at the age of 98. There are plans for incidental instrument enhancements, a couple of special guests, and we also hope to be able to showcase our scholarship students.
Ticket prices are $20 General Admission and $5 for students under 18 years of age. Tickets are available from Chorale members, at the door, or at Lompoc Valley Florist, 1026 N. “H” St.; Surf Connection, 1307C N. “H” St; or The Bookstore, 1137 N. “H” St., Ste Q.Recent Performance
This family friendly concert celebrated the magic of the Christmas season, featuring a sparking array of holiday favorites in a plethora of styles and genres, from traditional classics to the beloved “Christmas Time is Here” from Charlie Brown’s Christmas and much, much more. There was a varied selection of music for everyone to enjoy with performances that filled all hears with joy, beauty, and light.
We thank you for your support these past twenty-six years and we look forward to continuing to inspire the Lompoc Valley with the finest choral music for many years to come.Past Performances
This performance consisted of a fun-filled salute to the big screen! The role of music in motion pictures is huge and the Lompoc Valley Master Chorale payed tribute to that relationship. The entire program was either music written specifically for movies, or compositions that have been borrowed from classical repertoire to the extent that they are even more well-known because of their use on the big screen. This performance featured our 2017 Lompoc Valley Master Chorale Scholarship winners. It has been a great joy to work with these talented students!
The Lompoc Valley Master Chorale captured the spirit of the season with a brilliant evening of joyous music with the majestic sounds of chorus, brass, percussion and organ! The Spirit of Christmas featured organ virtuoso, Dr. Katya Gotsdiner- McMahan and the Holiday Brass Quintet. This concert included the classical, the inspiring, the familiar, the fun and the breathtakingly beautiful with works of the great composers to beloved traditional carols and popular Christmas songs both old and new. The vigorous, colorful Gloria by Randol Bass, scored for chorus, brass quintet, percussion and organ was the centerpiece for the evening. There were also audience sing a-longs that put the audience in the holiday spirit!Spring 2016 Concert - Around the World in 80 Minutes
This concert consisted of an extraordinary musical journey circumnavigating the globe through heartfelt songs of beauty, joy, and tradition that capture the wonder of our world. This concert featured performances by our 2016 LVMC scholarship winners and other talented local youth. What a joy it has been to work these talented students.Winter 2015 Concert - Behold New Joy
This program ranged from the works of the great composers to beloved traditional carols and popular Christmas songs both old and new. There were also audience sing a-longs that surely put everyone in the holiday spirit! The central work for the concert, Behold New Joy, which was commissioned by the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2011, featured five ancient carols imaginatively arranged for mixed voices and organ by contemporary composer Shawn Kirchner. Behold New Joy featured organ virtuoso, Dr. Katya Gotsdiner-McMahan, as well as local youth performers.Spring 2015 Concert - An American Tapestry
An American Tapestry presented a true celebration of classic and new American music, including classics from our treasured repertoire of folk songs and other music from the heart of the American experience. The voice of our country has always been fittingly adapted to the choral medium, which is meant to inspire and move audiences with the songs and stories they tellWinter 2014 Concert - The Splendor of Christmas
The Splendor of Christmas captured the splendor of the season with a brilliant evening of joyous music with the majestic sounds of chorus, brass and organ. The program ranged from the works of the great composers to beloved traditional carols and popular Christmas songs both old and new. Daniel Pinkham’s captivating Christmas Cantata, scored for chorus, brass quintet and organ was the centerpiece for the evening.Spring 2014 Concert - A Spring Fling
This Lompoc Valley Master Chorale concert included a wide variety of vocal music from classical to contemporary composers. The concert featured guest pianist Bridget Hough and trumpeter Colin Hacker. The focus of this concert was the newly refurbished 1912 Chickering piano, which is an amazing instrument that was once in the Lompoc Theatre. Special guest, Bridget Hough, who grew up in Lompoc and recently got her doctorate at UCSB, accompanied the chorale, along with the regular accompanist.Winter 2013 Concert - Gloria A Holiday Concert
The theme of this concert was Gloria, which is the name of a piece by Antonio Vivaldi. A small chamber orchestra provided accompaniment for the major work. Concerts were performed on Friday and Saturday and an extra concert was performed at La Purisima Mission on Sunday. The program also included festive carols, holiday favorites and audience sing-alongs.Spring 2013 Concert - A Springtime Journey
“A Springtime Journey” provided an amazing musical excursion through the world of song, and an exotic potpourri of sacred and secular music, classical, folk and pop from England, Scotland, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Argentina, Japan, Taiwan, Kenya, the United States and more!Winter 2012 Concert - A Christmas Journey
“A Christmas Journey” brought in in the spirit of the season with an eclectic mix of holiday selections. The performance took audience members to geographical locations and through musical time periods with traditional and popular carols and audience sing-a-longs. There were solos and ensembles by Chorale members, brass, percussion, flute and organ.Spring 2012 Concert - American Voices
American Voices featured an all-star cast of American composers, whose styles as diverse as our great count, marked by colorful harmonies, memorable melodic themes, and stirring messages.Winter 2011 Concert - Handel's Messiah
Twentieth Anniversary Chorale Performance!
The Lompoc Valley Master Chorale provided a thrilling choral sound to set off a superb quartet of young soloists: Mary Rose Go, soprano; Katharine Liu–Mezzo, soprano; Paul Osborne, tenor; and Keith Colclough, bass. Other featured musicians included a fine chamber orchestra brought together by Concert Mistress Diane Siminski and Ekaterina Gotsdiner McMahan, organist. The Lompoc Valley Master Chorale is directed by Kathleen Abrams Hacker.Winter 2011 Mission Founders Day Christmas Concert
This concert was performed at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, Lompoc, CA. Luminaries led the way to a musical evening celebrating the anniversary of the founding of La Purisima Mission in 1787.Spring 2011 Concert - A Royal Wedding Celebration
A Royal Wedding Celebration began with the royal love story and the journey to the altar, featuring Scottish and English love songs and even a few Beatles Classics. The second half of the program was as if you were actually attending the Royal Wedding, featuring the music of Handel, Clarke, Byrd, Vaughn Williams, Parry, Mathias, Holst, Rutter and more!Winter 2010 Concert - A Christmas Garland
Our Winter Concert "A Christmas Garland", was named after a piece arranged by Conrad Susa that tells the Christmas story in carols. Mike Pakaluk's brass was a part of this concert, as well as LMA scholarship winner, harpist Emily Bean. The featured organist was Ekaterina Gotsdiner-McMahan. Kathleen's son Colin also joined for a trumpet solo.Spring 2010 Concert - A Bouquet of Song
A Bouquet of Song featured a wide variety of handpicked songs filled with color, texture, and beauty, which were lovingly presented to the Lompoc Valley. From Master Chorus to Broadway Tunes, each piece of music was carefully chosen to reflect the hope, love, and joy that music brings to our lives.Winter 2009 Holiday Concert - Fanfares and Carols
The Winter Concert included a brass quintet with traditional and classical holiday music sung by the chorale. We enjoyed seeing everyone again!Spring 2009 Concert - An American Choral Festival
The Chorale performed "An American Choral Festival" Spring Concert during Mother's Day weekend. The program was a true celebration of our national musical heritage over the past 250 year, drawing from the rich and varied American choral music tradition and enhanced by our wonderful brass and percussion players.Winter 2008 Concert - A Christmas Festival
The Chorale performed "A Christmas Festival". The program had selections by Irving Berlin, Leroy Anderson, John Rutter, and many others. The concert also featured a brass quintet. The Chorale encourages everyone to become involved in the wonderful music of the Christmas season.Spring 2008 Concert - Come Lovely Spring
The Chorale performed the Spring 2008 Concert featuring Messe G-Dur by Franz Schubert as the major work. Approximately 50 of Lompoc's finest singers brought the special joy of the season to the Lompoc valley. The Lompoc Valley Master Chorale featured musical director Kathleen Hacker and accompanist Brigitte Hough.Winter 2007 Concert - A Glorious Christmas Celebration Spring 2007 Concert - Rhythms of Life Winter 2006 Concert - Christmas Reflections Spring 2006 Concert - American Dreams Spring 2005 Concert - Let the Music Move You Spring 2004 Concert - Wonderful World of Music Winter 2003 Concert - The Very Best Time of Year Winter 2002 Concert - Celebrate the Season Winter 2001 Concert - Holiday of Music