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.
Washington National Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Canon Michael McCarthy, will perform G.F. Handel's Messiah on December 7, 8 & 9.The soloists will be Laura Choi Stuart, soprano, Emily Marvosh, mezzo-soprano, Rufus Müller, tenor and Kevin Deas, bass.
A shortened, family version of the Messiah will be performed on December 8.
Canon Michael McCarthy
The Cathedral Choral Society, led by Steven Fox, will perform Joy of Christmas on December 15 & 16 at Washington National Cathedral. The concert will feature the Madrigal Singers Christmas, Seraph Brass, Edward Nassor, carillon, and Jeremy Filsell, organ. The program will also feature favorites and a festive carol sing-along, plus a newly-commissioned carol by composer Paul Moravec.
Washington National Cathedral will present GOLD: Christmas with The King’s Singers on December 22. The concert will celebrate the British a cappella vocal ensemble's 50th birthday. The soloists will be Patrick Dunachie, countertenor, Timothy Wayne-Wright, countertenor, Julian Gregory, tenor, Christopher Bruerton, baritone, Christopher Gabbitas, baritone and Jonathan Howard, bass. Visit https://cathedral.org/
The King's Singers
PostClassical Ensemble, led by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, will present Cultural Fusion: The Gamelan Experience on January 23 at The Washington National Cathedral. The event will include both Javanese and Balinese gamelan with dancers, archival films, and much more. The concert will tell the story of the 1889 Paris Exposition, which introduced composer Claude Debussy to Indonesian music and dance, thereby transforming Western music. Visithttps://postclassical.com/
Angel Gil-Ordóñez - Photo by Andrew Chung
The Diderot String Quartet will perform a concert titled A License to Thrill at Washington National Cathedral on January 16. The concert will feature Hyacinthe Jadin's Op 2 No. 1 & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's, C major, KV 465 Dissonance. The quartet is comprised of Adriane Post, violin, Paul Dwyer, cello, Kyle Miller, viola and Johanna Novom, violin. Visit https://cathedral.org/
Diderot String Quartet by Jennifer Toole
Church of the Epiphany
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.
Image below: The postcard for Poets, Painters & Dreams
The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, conducted by Ulysses S. James, will perform Robert Tindle's At Sixty Miles an Hour: Concerto for Bass Trombone featuring Adam Stokes; Jennifer Higdon's All Things Majestic and more at The Church of the Epiphany in DC on December 8. The concert will also be performed at George Washington Masonic National Memorial on December 9.
The Thirteen will perform a concert titled another match lighted on December 14 at Virginia Theological Seminary,
December 15 at Church of the Epiphany in DC
December 16 at Bradley Hills Church in Bethesda, MD.
The concert will feature favorite holiday carols.
In partnership with Pathways for Housing, DC, a portion of ticket sales will be donated to help end homelessness in our communities. Visit www.thethirteenchoir.org
Choralis, led by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann, will perform A Classic Brass Christmas with the Classical Brass Quintet and Ēchos chamber choir at The Church of the Epiphany in DC on December 7 and at Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, VA on December 8. The performances will feature a candlelight processional and an audience sing-along of favorite carols.
Georgetown Concert Series will present New YorkPolyphony performing a concert titled Sing The Nowellat St. John’s Episcopal Church on November 24.The vocal chamber ensemble of four men is “one of the finest vocal chamber ensembles in the world.” They “apply a distinctly modern touch to repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary compositions. The upcoming concert will offer an intimate meditation on the Christmas season. The program will deliver a spellbinding experience spanning nine centuries of music, featuring their “ signature fusion of historically-informed performance of traditional works with new compositions.
Dumbarton Concerts will present the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, led by Artistic Director Charlie Young, in a concert titled A Love Supreme and More: The Spiritual Side of John Coltrane at Dumbarton United Methodist Church on December 1. There will be a pre-concert talk by Dr. Leonard Brown, author of John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom. Visit
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Dumbarton Concerts will present Julia Nixon Sings Burt Bacharach & Hal David with the Dave Ylvisaker Dozen - a 12-person band - at historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on January 26.Award-winning soloist Julia Nixon had a lead role on Broadway in Dreamgirls and also won aHelen Hayes Award. Visit www.dumbartonconcerts.org/
National Presbyterian Church
City Choir of Washington will perform a concert celebrating The Feast of the Epiphany/Twelfth Night - led by Robert Shafer - at National Presbyterian Church on January 6. The Choir will be joined by the West Springfield High School Madrigals led by Dustin Brandt.
Washington Bach Consort, led by Artistic Director Dana Marsh, will present a Christmas program at National Presbyterian Church on December 16. They will perform motets for the Advent and Christmas season including: Johann Ludwig Bach’s Uns ist ein Kind geboren and Johann Sebastian Bach’s work for double choir titled Komm, Jesu, Komm! BWV 229. Visithttps://bachconsort.org/
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Cantate Chamber Singers, led by Gisèle Becker, will perform Bach’s Magnificat in D & movements of cantatas featured in the Mass in B-Minor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on December 15. The soloists will be Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano, Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano, Adam Apostoli and Mark Bublitz, tenors & James Rogers, baritone.
The logo for the concert and, from left, Barbara Hollinshead (copyright Michael G .Stewart}, James Rogers, & Rosa Lamoreaux.
Washington Conservatory of Music
Washington Conservatory of Music will present pianist Alexander Paley in a concert at Westmoreland Congregational Church of Christ in Bethesda on January 5. The program will include Chopin Preludes and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet. Originally from Moldova, Mr. Paley defected to the U.S. in 1988 and performs in concert halls around the world. He has made many recordings of a wide range of works. Visit www.washingtonconservatory.org/
Seekers Church in Tacoma, DC
Carpe Diem Arts & Washington Revels will present a Community Sing at Seekers Church in Takoma, DC on December 21.The program will celebrate the Season and Solstice with caroling. Participants are invited to “Bring songs and refreshments to share.” Visit http://revelsdc.org/and/or http://carpediemarts.org/