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 succeeds Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, who led the chorus from 1985 until his passing in 2016. As Music Director, Fox is 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.”
The Prague Philharmonic Children's Choir, led by Petr Louzensky, choirmaster, with Jan Kalfus, organ, will perform a Czech Centennial Concert at Washington National Cathedral on October 30.The concert will be presented in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic. The prestigious choir will perform a special selection of Czech and international classics in celebration of 100 years of Czech independence. The touring choir ranges in age from 12-18, & has performed throughout the world. Among the choir's greatest achievements are appearances at La Scala in Milan, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow.
The Cathedral Choral Society (CCS), led by guest conductor Leonard Slatkin, will perform the world premiere of Russian composer Alexander Kastalsky's Requiem titled 1918 on October 21 at Washington National Cathedral. The composer wrote the ecumenical Requiem to commemorate the diverse nations and faiths of the Allied lives lost in World War I. The soloists will be Anna Dennis, soprano and Joseph Charles Beutel, bass-baritone. The CCS partnered with the World War I Centennial Commission, The Clarion Choir, The Kansas City Chorale, & St. Tikhon's Chamber Choir on this national project.
Washington Performing Arts will present cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the Washington National Cathedral as part of a two-year journey that will bring Bach’s complete solo cello suites to a limited number of locations on six continents. The concert, which is in memory of Isaac Stern, is Sold Out! Image below:Yo-Yo Ma.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic's 2018-19 season, conducted by Ulysses S. James, will feature Women Composers.The season will begin with concerts at The Church of the Epiphany in DC on October 13 & at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial on October 14. The concerts will both include works by Lili Boulanger, Germaine Tailleferre and Cindy McTee.
The Thirteen, the esteemed all-star professional choir known for inspired and powerful live performances, will perform concerts titled i write your nameon October 20 & 21.The concerts, accompanied by organist Jeremy Filsell, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I. The program will feature two works inspired by conflict: Maurice Duruflé’s touching Requiemand Francis Poulenc’s technically-demanding Figure Humaine. The concert on October 20 will take place at the Church of the Epiphany in DC.The concert on October 21 will take place at Bradley Hills Church in Bethesda, MD.
Congressional Chorus will perform an afternoon of music & dance titled Poets, Painters & Dreams at the Church of the Epiphany on November 18.The program was inspired by works by Marc Chagall, Sara Teasdale, & Langston Hughes. The program will feature the DC premiere of Michel Trotta's A Breath of Ecstasy & William Averitt's Where Dreams Fly & the reprise of the Chorus's commissioned work titled Dreams by Chris Urquiaga.
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.”
The Georgetown Concert Series, led by Artistic Director Samuel Carabetta, will present the Handel + Haydn Society at Saint John's Episcopal Church on October 21.The Society is the oldest continually performing arts organization in America (1815), and its members are virtuosos in period instrument performance. H+H’s concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky and principals Susanna Ogata (violin), Guy Fishman (cello), and Ian Watson (harpsichord) will present a program of virtuoso solo and trio sonatas by Corelli, Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel. They will be joined by H+H star soprano — and St. John’s own — Margot Rood singing Italian cantatas by Handel and Vivaldi.
Dana Marsh was named Artistic Director of The Washington Bach Consort on August 1.Marsh's musical training began as a boy chorister at St. Thomas Choir School in New York and at Salisbury Cathedral in England. He has masters and doctoral degrees in historical musicology from the University of Oxford. In the U.K., he founded the ensemble Musica Humana Oxford (2001-2008), which toured the U.S. to critical praise. A countertenor, Marsh was a vocal soloist and consort singer in the U.S. and the U.K. (1992-2008).He recorded 15 discs with New College Choir, one of which won the Gramophone Award for Early Music in 2008. Marsh taught early music history at both Oxford and Cambridge universities and published original research and review articles through the scholarly presses of both institutions. He was Assistant Director of Music and Director of Chapel Music at Girton College Cambridge, and more recently was Canon Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis. Marsh is Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Historical Performance Institute at the IndianaUniversity Jacobs School of Music, where he has directed a broad range of performances and NPR broadcasts since 2014. He recently founded the annual, peer-reviewed journal, Historical Performance (IU Press), with its first issue due this summer. Marsh has recorded for Sony, Universal, Avie, Decca, Erato, Koch International Classics, Signum and Public Radio International.
Choralis, conducted by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann, will perform a concert titled Century of the Common Man at National Presbyterian Church on October 14. The title is from a speech made during the darkest days of World War 2 by Vice President Henry A. Wallace. The chorus will be joined by the winners of the 2018Choralis Young Artists Competition, brass and percussion, and organist Todd Fickley. The performance will include Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Joseph Jongen’s Messe en l’honneur du Sant- Sacrement, written upon the release of his son from Buchenwald in 1945, and Maurice Durufle’s organ work Prelude et fugue sur le nom d’Alain, which is an homage to his colleague Jehan Alain, a war hero killed in combat in 1940.” The concert will benefit the Operation First Response (OFR) Backpack Program, which provides backpacks of hygiene and comfort items to wounded soldiers who arrive at combat support hospitals without their personal possessions. Audience members are encouraged to bring travel-size shampoo, mouthwash, hand sanitizer and deodorant to the concert for donation to OFR.
Image below: Gretchen Kuhrmann - Photo by Don Lassell
Cantate Chamber Singers, led by Music Director Gisèle Becker will perform music by Britten at First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown D.C. on October 13.The concert will mark the beginning of Gisèle Becker's farewell season. Cantate’s music director since January 1994, she also serves as Director of Choral Activities at The George Washington University, where she conducts the University Singers and Chamber Choir. For 26 years she served as a singer and assistant conductor of the Washington Bach Consort, and she also served for ten years as Chorus Master for the Cathedral Choral Society.
Carpe Diem Arts-Washington Revels Family & Community Sing will take place at Seekers Church in Takoma, DC on October 21.The organizations celebrate diverse cultures through song. Attendees are invited to bring songs and refreshments to share. October’s Themes will be Seasons of Life, Time and Change, with international songs from the LPC-Ecole Songbook.