The Washington National Cathedral Choir & Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Michael McCarthy, will perform Handel's Messiah on December 6, 7 & 8.The soloists will be Laura Choi Stuart – soprano, Zoie Reams - contralto, Rufus Muller - tenor and David Soar – bass/baritone. There will be an abbreviated afternoon performance on December 7 which is "perfect for busy families with young children." Christmas at the Cathedral on December 15, conducted by Michael McCarthy, will feature the Washington National Cathedral Girl's Choir, Cathedra and the Washington Symphonic Brass with host Bill Barclay.
The Cathedral Choral Society, led by Steven Fox, with TheMusicianShip Washington Youth Choir, led by Artistic Director Greg Watkins, and guest ensemble Seraph Brass, will present Joy of Christmas in Washington National Cathedral on December 21 & 22. The concert will include Christmas favorites and a festive carol sing-along, plus a newly commissioned carol by composer Alexander Levine. The soloists will include George Fergus, organ and Edward Nassor carillon. Image below: Steven Fox
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 Washington Bach Consort's Noontime Cantata Series
The Washington Bach Consort's Noontime Cantata Series resumed in September, 2019, fulfilling its mission of bringing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach to the DC community. There is a Capitol Cantata Series and a Downtown Cantata Series.
The Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus, led by David Simmons, Artistic Director, will present a concert titled Nevertheless, She Persisted at the Church of the Epiphany on November 24.The concert will feature works by American women composers, ranging from Amy Beach's Festival Jubilate of 1892 to the music of today's most prolific and innovative women composers. California-based composer Jenni Brandon will conduct the DC premiere of her America Belongs to Uswith the Columbia Flute Choir. Singer/songwriter/social activist Crys Matthews and dancers Davione Gordon, Joshua Chambers and the women of Joy of Motion's Youth Dance Ensemble will enhance the inspirational autumn arts experience.
Choralis, conducted by Gretchen Kuhrmann, will perform A Classic Brass Christmas, with guest artists The Classical Brass Quintet, on December 8 at The Church of the Epiphany in downtown DC.The concert will feature a candlelight processional and both old and new music from around the world. Selections will include Chilcott’s Gloria, written for Choralis and featured on the award-winning CD “In Winter’s Arms: Seasonal Music by Bob Chilcott.” A carol sing-along will add a finishing touch to the festivities. The concert is considered "Perfect for the entire family."
The Washington Men’s Camerata will present Christmas with the Camerata - a Washington-area tradition for over 35 years – at select locations in December.The program will feature perennial holiday classics, along with new and inventive arrangements of some favorite songs of the season. The concerts are perfect for the whole family. There will be a concert at the Church of the Epiphany on
Dumbarton Concerts will present several seasonal concerts at historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown in December, including: December 7:Danu, the Irish ensemble, pictured below, will perform An Emerald Isle Christmas.Virtuoso players on fiddle, flutes, button accordion, percussion, and pipes, will be complemented by the voice of Nell Ní Chróinín in celebrating Christmas and New Year’s.
December 8 & 15:The Celtic Consort will present a Celtic Christmas with Linn Barnes, guitar and lute, Allison Hampton, Celtic harp, Joseph Cunliffe, pipes, flutes, and recorders and Steven Bloom, percussion. Robert Aubry Davis will read the poetry of Dylan Thomas, as the Consort performs traditional Christmas songs and dances.
December 14:Heliconwill perform a Winter Solstice concert that fuses seasonal Irish, Scottish, French Canadian, Appalachian, bluegrass, and other world music in "a hypnotic, unforgettable mix." Helicon is comprised of Ken Kolodner, hammered dulcimer, fiddle, Robin Bullock, piano, guitar, cittern, and mandolin, Chris Norman, wooden flutes, tin whistle, small pipes, and piano, Charm City Junction, The Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet and Jonathan Srour, Irish step-dancer.
Chevy Chase Concerts will perform Sing We Now of Christmas! at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church on December 8.The annual concert will feature music of several centuries from across the globe. "Choirs will sing, bells will ring and audience carol singing will send you out in a joyous holiday spirit."
The Apollo Orchestra with Roberto Diaz, viola and Julie Vidrick-Evans, organist, will perform at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church on January 12. Roberto Diaz is Principal Violist with the National Symphony Orchestra and Julie Vidrick-Evans is NSO organist. The program will feature works by Malcomb Arnold, Bizet, Jennifer Higdon and Mendelssohn.
The City Choir of Washington, led by Robert Shafer, Artistic Director, with the Freedom High School Chamber Choir (Chantilly, VA), directed by Laura Lazarevich, will present a concert titled Twelfth Nightat National Presbyterian Church on January 5. The evening of beloved and traditional carols and songs will celebrate the new year.
Image below: Illustration by David Teniers - Twelfth-night - The King Drinks.
The Washington Bach Consort, conducted by Dana Marsh, will perform Bach’s epic Christmas Oratorio, at the National Presbyterian Church on December 22.Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248, Bach’s musical account of the Christmas story “remains a cherished tradition every year not only in Germany, but throughout Europe.” Five of the six cantatas that comprise the composer’s epic work will be performed.The soloists will be Elijah McCormack, soprano; Kristen Dubenion-Smith, alto; Rufus Müller, tenor and evangelist and Steven Combs, bass.
The Washington Men’s Camerata will present Christmas with the Camerata - a Washington-area tradition for over 35 years – at select locations in December.The program will feature perennial holiday classics, along with new and inventive arrangements of some favorite songs of the season. The concerts are perfect for the whole family. There will be a concert at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Tenleytown, D.C. on December 8.
The Folger Consort, with Robert Eisenstein, violin, Christopher Kendall, lute, and Emily Noël, soprano will perform a concert titled Gloria! A Baroque Italian Christmas at St. Mark's on Capitol Hill on December 13-18. The concert will be performed in association with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with string orchestra, oboe, trumpet, and women's chorus. The program will feature Vivaldi's Gloria in D, RV589, which was written around 1715 and was first performed by the all-female choir and orchestra of the Ospedale della Pietà. Other seasonal music from the Italian High Baroque will include Alessandro Scarlatti's Christmas Cantata ("O di Betlemme altera, povertà venturosa") and Corelli's Christmas Concerto.
The 21st Century Consort, led by Christopher Kendall, Founding Artistic Director and Conductor, will present a concert titled Round About Midnightat St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capital Hill on December 21. The program will include Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Libby Larson’s Aubade, Helen Grime’s Snow and Snow and more. The Consort serves as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium.
Cantate Chamber Singers, conducted by Victoria Gau, will perform JOY - How Can I Keep from Singing?by Gwyneth Walker at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in DC on December 7.The program will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, John Muhleisen, Jake Runestad, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s In Windsor Forest.
The Georgetown Concert Series will present VOCES8 - Holiday Candlelight Concert at St. John's Episcopal Church in Georgetown on December 5.The British vocal ensemble will be making their third appearance at St. John’s. They tour throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. The program will include music from VOCES8's Winter and Christmas albums, “selected for versatility and the diverse musical expression central to the ensemble’s performance ethos.”
The Choir at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown – led by Samuel Carabetta, Organist and Choirmaster - will present A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on the afternoon of December 8. The holiday service of readings and music will be presented in the tradition of King’s College, Cambridge and performed in the serene and radiant beauty of candlelight. The program will feature music by Rutter and Willcocks in addition to traditional Christmas carols for all to sing.
The Children’s Chorus of Washington will present a program titled Carols and Candlelight at National City Christian Church on December 7. The Concert Chorus, Young Men's Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, and Advanced Bel Canto will offer a program of carols like "Once in Royal David's City," a singalong "Hallelujah Chorus," and a selection of beautiful wintry and holiday-themed repertoire.