Boise Master Chorale will become the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale

The two organizations have worked closely together historically on inspiring performances over the years. In recent seasons, collaborating on programs such as “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” a stirring musical and choral accompaniment to the classic silent film, Holst's “The Planets,” and the sold-out performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at the Morrison Center on Dec. 18.

Now, the Boise Philharmonic and Boise Master Chorale will permanently join forces.

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This is a very exciting artistic merger, says Boise Philharmonic music director Robert Franz.

“Together, we can expand the scope of our musical repertoire and innovative programming,” Franz says.

Franz and Chorale director Jim Jirak will make the official announcement at Saturday’s concert. This is all in preparation for the Philharmonic’s 50th anniversary season in 2011-12.

The two groups will offer three collaborative concerts next season; the Chorale will also present its own concert series.

The Chorale’s current season will go on as planned. The name change becomes official in July.

Details on the anniversary season will be announced in February.

Wait until they take over three more chorales...

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