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, conducted by Steven Fox, will perform a concert titled Grant Us Peaceat Washington National Cathedral on May 19.The program will feature Poulenc's Gloria and Vaughan Williams's Nona Nobis Pacem. It has been said that Poulenc wrote his work in response to Williams's personal anguish after tragedies Williams witnessed in World War I. The soloists will be Jesse Blumberg, baritone, and Lauren Snouffer, soprano.
The Diderot String Quartet will play works by Franz Joseph Haydn at Washington National Cathedral on May 16.The concert will feature Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 20/No. 4; his String Quartet in A Major, Op. 20/No. 6; and his String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20/No. 2. The members of the quartet are Adriane Post, violin, Paul Dwyer, cello, Kyle Miller, viola & Johanna Novom, violin.
Image below:The Diderot String Quartet by Jennifer Toole.
PostClassical Ensemble, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, will present a concert titled BEYOND “PSYCHO”: The Genius of Bernard Herrmannon June 1 at The Washington National Cathedral.
Hermann was known for his scores for the movies Psycho, Vertigo, Citizen Kane, and dozens of other memorable films. The concert will feature a Walt Whitman Birthday program (Whitman was born on May 31, 1819). Commentary will be by Dorothy Herrmann, author & daughter of Bernard Herrmann. William Sharp will appear as Walt Whitman and Murray Horwitz (of WAMU’s Big Broadcast) will appear as Norman Corwin. Corwin was an American writer, screenwriter, producer, essayist and teacher of journalism and writing.
Image below: Angel Gil-Ordóñez - Photo by Andrew Chung
The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, conducted by Ulysses S. James, will perform Eugène Ysaÿe Amitie's Poem for Two Violins and Orchestra, Op. 26 with violinists Marc Ramirez & Olivia Hajioff at the Church of the Epiphany in DC on June 8. The program will also feature Amy Beach'sSymphony No. 2, op. 32, E minor (Gaelic). The concert will be repeated at George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria on June 9.
Dumbarton Concerts will present the Turtle Island Quartetin a concert titled Bird’s Eye View - The Legend of Charlie Parker at historic Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Georgetown on May 4. The quartet is comprised of David Balakrishnan, violin, Alex Hargreaves, violin, Benjamin von Gutzeit, viola & Malcolm Parson, cello. They play folk, pop and jazz, and the upcoming program will pay homage to jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker.
The City Choir of Washington, led by Artistic Director Robert Shafer, will present a concert titled Baroque and Beyond at National Presbyterian Church on May 19. The program will include Gabrieli's Viva la musica; Schütz'sMagnificat (Uppsala), SWV 468; Handel's Excerpts from Messiah and Mozart's Requiem, K. 626. The soloists will be Crossley Danielle Hawn, soprano; Kristen Dubenion-Smith, mezzo-soprano; Norman Shankle, tenor and Kerry Wilkerson, bass.
Washington Bach Consort will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Easter & Ascension Oratorios at National Presbyterian Church near Tenleytown on May 5. The soloists will be Katelyn G. Aungst, soprano, Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury, mezzo-soprano, Richard Giarusso, baritone and Matthew Hill, tenor.
Choralis, led by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann, will perform Felix Mendelssohn’sElijah at National Presbyterian Church on June 2. The guest artists will be Danielle Talamantes, Soprano; Kristen Dubenion-Smith, Mezzo-Soprano; Dennys Moura, Tenor; and Kerry Wilkerson as Elijah. The featured charity for this concert is Charity: Water, which brings clean drinking water to people around the world. The audience will be invited to support the charity by purchasing bottles of water or wristbands at the concert.
The Washington Chorus, conducted by Artistic Director Christopher Bell, will perform Duruflé’s Requiem & MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados at National Presbyterian Church on June 9. The two "deeply moving choral works from the 20th century give voice to the full range of the human experience."
Chevy Chase Concerts will present bass-baritone Eric Owensat Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church on April 28.The international star of the Metropolitan Opera and other houses will be accompanied by Mark Markham.
The Congressional Chorus&American Youth Chorus will perform a concert titled Let Justice Roll. . .from Montgomery to Selma to Birmingham at National City Christian Church on June 1. "A program of ground-breaking musical works will shed light on the long and painful history of racial inequality in the U.S. and celebrate the people who have worked to bring justice, freedom and hope to everyone who calls this nation their home."