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Masters in the Chapel Concerts


It is our pleasure to welcome the community to First Lutheran Venice to enjoy Masters in the ChapelThis 4-concert series runs from December - March, and presents world-class music performed in the beauty and acoustic excellence of our chapel. Every concert is offered free of charge to the community, thanks to the generous donations of our supporters.

Would you like to pitch in to help us make this gift of music?  Everyone who works to make the concerts happen is a volunteer, so 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes to the musicians.

Click here to donate: Masters in the Chapel Donations

Or, if you'd prefer to give by check, make it payable to First Lutheran Church Venice, write Masters in the Chapel on the memo line and mail it to the church.

Enjoy the concerts!
With best regards,
Barbara Schwan, Program Director-Masters in the Chapel




Masters in the Chapel History

In 1944, our founding members built First Lutheran with their own hands. They were inspired to create a place of lasting beauty that would fill the souls of all who enter with peace and comfort. When a fire destroyed the sanctuary on September 11, 1998, the congregation rallied to rebuild. The renovation was completed with the installation of a state-of-the-art pipe organ designed and voiced by Manuel Rosales - the same man chosen by Disney Hall. It is an absolutely magnificent instrument and our gift to future generations. As such, the potential for a venue for world-class concerts for the west side community was recognized by Barbara Schwan. Under her direction and following her dream, the Masters in the Chapel Concert Series was born. Since 2001 some of the best musicians in Los Angeles have performed concerts of glorious music in the serenity and acoustic splendor of our sanctuary. 

An overview of previous Masters in the Chapel seasons:

• A String Trio from the Los Angeles Philharmonic - Stacy Wetzel, Violin; Mick Wetzel, viola; David Garrett, cello
   Friday, January 12, 2018   7:00pm
• A Brass Sextet from Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra featuring the Modern Brass - David Washburn, Trumpet; Marissa Benedict, Trumpet; Dan Rosenboom, Trumpet; Dylan Hart, Horn; Steve Suminski, Trombone; Doug Tornquist, Tuba
   Friday, February 16, 2018   7:00pm
• Foxtrails - Blake McLeod, vocals/guitar; Michael Brenner, guitar; Dane Sandborg, bass; Micah Sohl, drums; Cory Yamashiro, keyboards
   Saturday, March 17, 2018   8:00pm
HEAR NOW Music Festival
   April 28 - 29, 2018

• Judith Farmer and Panic Duo - Judith Farmer, Bassoon; Nic Gerpe, Piano; Pasha Tseitlin, Violin
   Sunday, January 29, 2017   4:00pm
• Danielle Belen & Friends - Danielle Belen, violin; Jennie Jung, piano; Kevin Miura, violin; Abigail Szilagyi, violin
   Saturday, February 25, 2017   7:00pm
• East Meets West: Weicheng Zhao, organ; Fang Gao, violin
   Saturday, March 25, 2017   7:00pm
HEAR NOW Music Festival
   April 29 - 30, 2017
• 'Tis the Season: Jaebon Hwang, Organist
   Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:00pm

• The Duo of Jochen Brusch, Violin and Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen, Organ

   Saturday, April 9, 2016   7:00pm
HEAR NOW Music Festival
   April 23 - 24, 2016
Mansfield Chamber Singers
   Saturday, April 30, 2016   7:00pm

Mansfield Chamber Singers
   Saturday, May 31, 2015
HEAR NOW Music Festival
   May 2 - 3, 2015

• The Colburn Children's Choir, Young Men's Chorus and Chamber Singers
   Sunday, December 8, 2013  4:00pm
• Violinist Danielle Belen
   Sunday, January 19, 2014   4:00pm
• The Duo of Jochen Brusch, Violin and Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen, Organ
   Saturday, March 1, 2014   7:30pm
• The Jolivet Trio with Guillaume Sutre, violin/viola; Susan Greenberg, Flute, Judith Farmer, bassoon, Kyunghee Kim, harp
   Sunday, April 13, 2014   4:00pm
Hear Now Music Festival
   May 3-4, 2014

• 'Tis the Season to be Joyful: Chancel Choir of St. Paul Lutheran Church
   Sunday, December 9, 2012   4:00pm
• Christoph Bull on the King of Instruments (organ)
   Saturday, February 2, 2013  7:30pm
• The Troy Trio: Pauline Yang, Piano; Jennifer Johnson, Oboe; Judith Farmer, Bassoon
   Friday, March 1, 2013   7:30pm
• Hear Now Music Festival
   April 13-14, 2013

• Mansfield Chamber Singers
   Saturday, November 3, 2011   7:00pm
• David Brock, organist
   Saturday, December 3, 2011   7:30pm
• Violinist Danielle Belen, cellist Abraham Feder, pianist Sarkis Baltaian
   Saturday, February 25, 2012   7:30pm
• Los Angeles Philharmonic brass quintet: James Wilt, trumpet; Christopher Still, trumpet; Eric Overholt, horn; James Miller, trombone; and Norman Pearson, tuba.
   Friday, April 27, 2012, 7:30pm
• Hear Now Music Festival
   May 25-26, 2012

• 'Tis the Season to be Joyful: Chancel Choir of St. Paul Lutheran Church
   Saturday December 18, 2010   7:00pm.
• D’Amore Duo - Guitarist William Feasley and oboist Yeon-jee Sohn
   Friday, January 21, 2011   7:00pm
• Christopher Bull, organist
   Saturday February 26, 2011   7:00pm
• The Masters at Play: Los Angeles Philharmonic Musicians Jonathan Karoly, cello and Catherine Ransom Karoly, flute
   Sunday April 10, 2011   4:00pm
• Hear Now Music Festival
   May 14, 2011

• Instruments of the Angels: A Trio from the Los Angeles Philharmonic
   Friday, December 4, 2009  7:00pm
• House of Games, a Contemporary Jazz Quartet
   Saturday, January 30, 2010   7:00pm
• Lenti on the Pipe Organ,
   Saturday, March 20, 2010   7:00pm
• Denali Quartet and Hugh Levick,
   Friday, April 30, 2010   7:00pm

• Colburn Children’s Choir

   Saturday, December 6, 2008  7:00pm

• Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Flute Quartet - Principal flute, David Shostac
   Saturday, February 14, 2009  7:00pm

• Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Keyboardist Joanne Pearce Martin and Concertmaster Martin Chalifour
   Thursday, March 26, 2009   7:00pm

• Los Angeles Master Chorale singers
   Saturday, May 16, 2009  7:00pm

• 'Tis the Season to be Joyful: The Chancel Choir of St. Paul Lutheran Church
   Sunday, December 11, 2005   4:00pm
• One Piano, Six Hands: Pianists Kathy Sawada, Steve Cook and Derrison Duarte    
   Sunday, February 26, 2006   4:00pm
• Dennis Gano, organist
   Sunday, March 26,  4:00pm
• Amadeus! Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Suli Xue, cellist Pinfei Tang and pianist QueiLih Chen    
   Saturday, April 29, 2006  7:00pm

• Christoph Bull, organist   
   Sunday, November 7, 2004   4:00pm
• Colburn Children's Choir  
   Sunday, December 12, 2004   4:00pm
• Pacific Harmony String Quartet  
   Saturday, February 5, 2005   7:00pm
• Scott Hiltzik and House of Games  
   Sunday, April 10, 2005  4:00pm

• Colburn Children's Choir

   Sunday December 8, 2002   4:00pm
• Pacific Harmony String Quartet

   Sunday, February 9, 2003  4:00pm
• Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
   Sunday March 30, 2003   4:00pm
• Los Angeles Master Chorale

   Sunday, May 4, 2003   4:00pm

• Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Flute Quartet
   Sunday, September 16, 2001   4:00pm
• Kathy Sawada - Pianist
   Sunday, November 4, 2001   4:00pm
• Colburn Children's Choir - Mark Williams, Choir Director
   Sunday, December 16, 2001  4:00pm
• Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra - Gregory Maldonado, Founder and Music Director
   Sunday, February 17, 2002   4:00pm
• Concordia University Christus Chorus, from St. Paul, Minnesota - Dr. David L. Mennicke, conductor
   Tuesday, March 26, 2002   7:30pm
• Los Angeles Master Chorale - Grant Gershon, Music Director
   Sunday, May 12, 2002  4:00pm

Link to previous concert seasons:  Masters in the Chapel seasons