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 Diderot String Quartet will perform a concert titled From Russia with Love at Washington National Cathedral on September 10. The concert will include Haydn's "Sun" quartets and one of Beethoven's "Razumovsky" quartets, which Beethoven dedicated to Russian ambassador Andrey Razumovsky, who paid the wages of the very first professional string quartet.
Image below: Diderot String Quartet by JenniferToole
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 Hill 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 repriese 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.”
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 Indiana University 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.
Washington Bach Consort, conducted by Artistic Director Dana Marsh,will present a concert titled Handel & Bach: Sing a New Song at National Presbyterian Church on September 16.The soloists will be Amy Broadbent, soprano, Rebecca Kellerman, soprano, Roger O. Isaacs, countertenor, Kyle Tomlin, tenor and Steven Combs, baritone. The program will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 190, George Frideric Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, HWV 76; & J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243.
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.