Organ Recitals are performed on Sunday afternoons on Washington National Cathedral’s great organ and feature fine musicians from around the world. A donation of $10 per person is suggested. No reservations are required, except for groups.
The Cathedral Choral Society (CCS) has announced the four-year appointment of Steven Fox as Music Director. He will succeed Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, who led the chorus from 1985 until 2016. As Music Director, Fox will be charged with the continued development of the Society as one of the nation’s finest symphonic choruses. He is the Artistic Director of The Clarion Orchestra and The Clarion Choir, and Founder of Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg, which he established as Russia’s first period-instrument orchestra. A 2017 GRAMMY® nominee, he has appeared as a guest conductor with many renowned ensembles. Fox was named an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2010 “for significant contributions to his field in music.”
Washington National Cathedral will present the Annual Independence Day Concert on July 4.Cathedral organists George Fergus & The Reverend Benjamin Straley will be joined by the Washington Symphonic Brass and the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters in presenting a program of patriotic favorites.
Images below:George Fergus & The Reverend Benjamin Straley.
The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, conducted by Ulysses S. James, will perform a concert at the Church of the Epiphany in DC on June 3 and at George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia on June 10. The program will consist of Claude Debussy’s Rapsodie pour orchestre et saxophone with Rich Kleinfeldt, saxophone; William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet, Washington Saxophone Quartet; and Antonin Dvorak’s Golden Spinning Wheel, op.109, B.197 (Zlatý kolovrat).
The Church of the Epiphany Tuesday Concert Series, led by Music Director Jeremy Filsell, “reaches out to the entire metropolitan Washington community and runs for 52 weeks of the year. No other concert series follows such a pattern and, as such, it is unique in the Washington DC area.”
Chevy Chase Concerts will present the Chevy ChasePresbyterian Church Chancel Choir performing Englishman John Rutter’s Requiem on June 3. Rutter is one of the world’s leading contemporary composers of choral music, and his Requiem is one of his best-known works. The Requiem is scored for chorus, soprano solo and a unique combination of seven instruments — flute, oboe, timpani, glockenspiel, harp, cello and organ. The program will also feature spirituals such as “I Hear A Voice A-Prayin” by Houston Bright and “Hear my Prayer” by Moses Hogan and “My Lord what a Morning” (on the organ). Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church is located at One Chevy Chase Circle NW.Admission is free and a reception will follow the concert.