The Idyllwild Master Chorale (IMC) season began rehearsals this month from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday nights in the music room at Idyllwild School. Singers interested in auditioning and joining the master chorale should contact Dwight Holmes, artistic director and conductor, at (951) 659-2650 or can email from IMC’s website at

The Idyllwild Master Chorale will present its annual Winter Solstice Concert on the weekend of Dec. 17 and 18. The concert will feature the highlights from the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and contemporary and holiday carol favorites. In addition, the IMC will present Jazz Fusion III, a connection of modern and classic holiday jazz favorites, featuring the Marshall Hawkins Quintet and Sherry Williams.

IMC enters its 36th season and 23rd year under the baton of Conductor and Artistic Director Dwight “Buzz” Holmes, and Ed Hansen is the accompanist.

The program will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 in the Idyllwild School auditorium, located at 26700 Hwy. 243 in Idyllwild.