Orange County’s Premier Community Chorale
Meritáge 2023-24 Season
Here is our exciting 2023-24 season – half of it already complete! With so many styles of music, guest artists, and phenomenal music this is a season not to miss!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Saturday, April 13, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 14, 2:00 pm
Huntington Beach Central Library Theater
7111 Talbert Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648-1232
The story of Quasimodo and Esmeralda soars to new heights in this breathtaking journey of love, courage and the enduring human spirit. Inspired by Disney’s classic animated feature, this stunning and emotionally resonant musical is a theatrical concert experience that will leave you spellbound by the music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), that features the unforgettable songs “Out There”, “Someday”, and “God Help the Outcasts.”
The Vast Eternal Sky
Two performances for choir and strings
Sunday, June 2, 2024 – 4 PM
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 S. State College Blvd, Anaheim 92806
Saturday, June 8, 2024 – 4 PM
Laguna Presbyterian Church
415 Forest Ave
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
In this innovative concert, Meritáge will present choral repertoire with profound texts and themes with the aid of a lush string quartet. With repertoire by current phenom Ola Gjeilo along with exquisite pieces by Elaine Hagenberg, Eric Whitacre, and Z. Randall Stroope the soaring melodies and achingly beautiful strings will create a night of intense beauty. The excitement of Vivaldi and Monteverdi will be juxtaposed with the sonority of Mozart and Forrest. Each instrument will have its own moment to shine as they accompany the ensemble, but nothing compares with the full sound of Meritáge’s 70 voices and strings all together. It is a sonic treat that is soothing for the soul!
Sunday, October 1, 2023
Tucked in at the very start of our Season, this was a wonderful expression of unity as three choirs combined at First Christian Church, Orange to share their love of music and their essential oneness of spirit. Each choir presented its own segment. Featuring MenAlive: Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus, Meritáge Vocal Arts Ensemble, and Second Baptist Church Gospel Choir, Santa Ana. Look out for a repeat event this time next year!
Her Voice Soars!
Sunday October 8, 2023
Mertiáge presented a program of music from women composers spanning the years from Hildegard de Bingen (1098 – 1179), writer, composer, philosopher, mystic and visionary, to Baroque virtuosos Alleotti and Leonarda, fantastic part songs by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn and Lili Boulanger, alongside modern musical geniuses Elaine Hagenberg, Emma Lou Diemer, Cecilia McDowall, and Carol King.
Sunday, December 17, 2023 – 4 PM
We packed the house for this remarkable concert. Possibly the best we ever presented. We rang in the Christmas season with the grand (and loud) exuberance of a full brass ensemble and percussion! The songs of the season were on full sonic display as Meritáge performed Rutter’s now-standard Gloria along with other uplifting and exciting pieces. The crowd enjoyed Festive First Noel by Forrest, Gloria Fanfare by Ames, motets of Gabrieli and Willaert, and Hodie by Armstrong with all the power that we could muster! All of them were accompanied by the Brass, so whether it was the wonderful sing-along pieces or choral songs, we needed to sing loudly. And we did! It was a glorious and a triumphant way to sing the Christmas story!
2nd Annual Meritáge Invitational Choral Competition and Festival
For Orange County High School Choirs
Friday, March 15, 2024m at 3pm
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