PostClassical Ensemble - Washington National Cathedral’s Ensemble-in-Residence - led by Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez, will present Native American Inspirations: From Spillville to Pine Ridge, at the Cathedral, October 1-21. The concert, conducted by Angel and Michael McCarthy, will offer an unprecedented 125-year overview of music inspired by the Native American experience. The participants will include Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, the most prominent contemporary Native American composer, plus the Lakota Music Project of the South Dakota Symphony, plus two eminent Native American performers from the Pine Ridge reservation: flutist Bryan Akipa and singer Emmanuel Black Bear, and also tribal elder Chris Eagle Hawk.
The PostClassical Ensemble will present Native American Inspirations: Chapel Concert featuring the South Dakota Symphony’s Lakota Music Project, October 21. The concert will offer “a rare opportunity to hear one of the highest achievements of the “Indianist” movement in music. “The Hako,” a 1923 string quartet by Arthur Farwell, is based on a Pawnee ceremony symbolizing peace and tranquility.The late David McAllester, a central scholar of Native American music, acclaimed this work for a “breadth and exaltation” that was profoundly inspired by “cosmic” indigenous music and ritual.
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, conducted by Musical Director Steven Fox, will perform Haydn’s Harmonie-messe in Washington National Cathedral on October 20.In addition, the program will feature Haydn's Te Deum for the Empress Marie Therese and Mozart's Laudate Dominum (Vesperae Solennes de Confessore). The soloists will be Jessica Beebe, soprano, Mikki Sodergren, mezzo-soprano, Brian Giebler, tenor and Jonathan Woody, bass.
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 Thirteen, led by Matthew Robertson, founder of the professional choir, will present concerts at the Virginia Theological Seminary on October 25; at the Church of the Epiphany in DC on October 26 and at Bradley Hills Church in Bethesda, Md on October 27. The concerts will explore the most beloved English-language composers, including Tallis’s symphonic-in-scope Gaude gloriosa Dei mater, Britten’s touching and powerful Hymn to St. Cecilia, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’sFly Away I, and selected repertoire from the distinctly-American Sacred Harp repertoire … and more.
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 Quartetto di Cremonain a concert titled Italian Journey at historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on October 19.The quartet is comprised of Cristiano Gualco, violin, Paolo Andreoli, violin, Simone Gramaglia, viola, and Giovanni Scaglione, cello. The ensemble has been "admired as the preeminent quartet of its generation, noted for its lustrous sound, refined musicianship, and stylistic versatility.As ambassadors for the international Friends of Stradivari project, the Quartetto di Cremona performs on the Paganini Quartetby Antonio Stradivari - a complete family of string instruments once owned by Niccolò Paganini."
Dumbarton Concerts will present local group Mark G. Meadows & The Movement, featuring vocalist and songwriter Rochelle Rice, at historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on November 9.The concert will feature Meadows’ trademark combination of jazz, R&B, and gospel, with Rice’s fusion of jazz, pop, and soul in "a harmonic blend that is fresh and exciting." They will perform originals and arrangements alongside timeless hits from Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and more.
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 present Seneca Rocks!- an afternoon of lively picking and beautiful harmony singing by a brilliant bluegrass band made up of prominent veteran performers, many of whom are former Johnson Mountain Boys - at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. on October 27.The group includes Dudley Connell on guitar, Sally Love on guitar, Tom Adams on banjo, David McLaughlin on mandolin and Marshall Wilborn on bass.
The Apollo Orchestra - with NY Philharmonic Principal Cellist Carter Brey - will perform a concert at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church on November 17.The program will include Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances–Suite No. 1, Haydn's Concerto No. 1 in C Major & Schumann's Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 (Original 1841 version).
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."
Choralis, led by Gretchen Kuhrmann, Artistic Director, will present a concert titled Eclectic Requiem, conducted by Guest Conductor Jeffrey Benson, on October 20 at National Presbyterian Church. The concert will feature Mozart’s Introit, Kyrie, and Recordare; Duruflé’s Sanctus; Verdi’s Libera Me; Britten’s Agnus Dei; two movements from Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem; and excerpts from Fauré and Reger. The soloists will be Katelyn Aungst, soprano; Erin Sanzero, soprano; Roger Isaacs, countertenor; Robert Petillo, tenor; and Mark Wanich, bass. Marking the company’s twenty-year legacy, previous assistant conductors, conducting fellows, keyboard artists, singers, and board members will participate in the concert.
The City Choir of Washington, conducted by Robert Shafer, Artistic Director, will perform Haydn's Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass) at National Presbyterian Church on November 10.The Mass "speaks to the uncertainty of the world in which Haydn lived and composed, while the piece itself spectacularly captures and conjures the chaos of the time."
The concert will include Britten's cantata Rejoice in the Lamb, The D.C. premiere of Pärt's Salve Regina and Pärt's Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten.
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, DC. on December 8.
The 21st Century Consort will perform a concert titled Time Out of Mind at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Capital Hill on November 9.The Consort has been the award-winning contemporary music ensemble-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution for over four decades. Artistic Director Christopher Kendall will present a season of new music and high drama featuring artists Paul Cigan, Lisa Emenheiser, Dan Foster, Lee Hinkle, Alexandra Osborne, Sara Stern, and Rachel Young. The program will include works by Corey Dundee, Gemma Peacocke, John L. Adams, Robert Paterson, Kaija Saariaho and Melinda Wagner.
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.
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.
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, led by Samuel Carabetta, Artistic Director, will continue at St. John's Episcopal Church on October 20.Organist and composer Dorothy Papadakos will set the stage for an early Halloween with Silent Film – Nosferatu. She will showcase her bold improvisational skills on St. John’s magnificent pipe organ as the cult classic masterpiece Nosferatu is screened. The audience is invited to “come in costume as your favorite vampire, grab some popcorn, and watch the silver screen’s frightening 1922 German Expressionist masterpiece come alive!” The event is co-sponsored by the American Film Institute.
The Georgetown Concert Series at St. John's Episcopal Church will present The King’s Singers on November 3. The sextet, which is comprised of two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones, and a bass, will bring a diverse repertoire from the Renaissance to the Beatles. The Singers are notable for “seamless harmonies, purity of tone, and a wide repertoire.” They have won two Grammy awards, an Emmy, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame.
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.”