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 will succeed Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, who led the chorus from 1985 until 2016. As Music Director, Fox will be 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 Cathedral Choral Society will present a gala titled Sing a New Song on April 27.Honorary Chair Jessye Norman will lead the tribute to chorus members then and now, celebrate the work of High School Choir Festival teacher leaders, and introduce the Society’s new Music Director, Steven Fox. The gala evening will include a sponsor reception, silent auction, performances, reception-style dinner (reserved seating for sponsors only), entertainment, and dancing.
Washington National Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Michael McCarthy, will perform George Frideric Handel’s Israel in Egyptat Washington National Cathedral on March 25. The performance will include Part 1 - The Ways Of Zion Do Mourn – the anthem which Handel first performed at the funeral for Queen Caroline at Westminster Abbey in 1737.
Josh Cohen, Acronym & Soprana Nola Richardson will perform a concert titled For Whom the Trumpet Tolls at Washington National Cathedral on May 10.The program will include “sublime music of the 17th & 18th century,” including works by Handel, Vivaldi, Poglietti, Pezel, Bertali and Capricornus. There will be works performed from England, Germany and Italy, showcasing each country's contribution to the development of solo trumpet composition during the baroque period.
The PostClassical Ensemble, led by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, will present pianist Benjamin Pasternack, with Ashley Smith as President John F. Kennedy, in a concert titled Secret Music Skirmishes of the Cold War: The Shostakovich Case at Washington National Cathedral on May 23.Pasternack will perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Sonata No. 2 (1943) and his Preludes and Fugues (1950-52). There will be commentary by Former US Ambassador to Russia John R. Beyrle & Former CIA Staff Historian Nicholas Dujmovic.
Image below: Maestro Angel Gil-Ordóñez - Photo by Andrew Chung
The Washington Mens Camerata, led by Music Director Frank Albinder, will perform a concert titled Grant Us Peace – featuring Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams - at The Church of the Epiphany on April 8. The soloists will be Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano and Christopher Edwards, baritone, with members of the Washington Symphonic Brass, The Virginia Glee Club of the University of Virginia, and Chris Betts, organist.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, conducted by Ulysses S. James, will perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5at Church of the Epiphany in DC on April 15 and at George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria on April 22.The concert will also include American composer Anthony Iannaccone’s Divertimento for Orchestra. The composition is based on a tune in Boccherini’s Menuet, & is “an essay in free variation and thematic metamorphosis, combining a lullaby, a dance and the Menuet tune.”
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 American Youth Chorus, Chamber Ensemble & NorthEast Senior Singers will perform a concert titled Let Us Entertain You! at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, WDC April 17.The theme will be Children on Stage & Screen.
The Georgetown Concert Series will present a performance by Chanticleer at St. John’s Episcopal Church on April 29. The GRAMMY® award- winning ensemble is “known around the world as “an orchestra of voices”for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.”
Dumbarton Concerts will present a concert titled The Music of Dumbarton on April 21. The special neighborhood celebration at historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown will feature art activities. In addition, exhibitions will feature the history, organizations, music, and performers of the Dumbarton area. The event will share the Dumbarton story, which dates back to 1662 when Ninian Beall, a Scottish indentured servant, earned his freedom and bestowed the name “The Rock of Dumbarton.”
Dumbarton Concerts will perform A Broadway Cabaret with Judy Kuhn at historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on May 5.Judy Kuhn has performed in many esteemed Broadway shows & has received four Tony Award nominations. Ms. Kuhn is also known for her work in film and TV, including singing the title role in Disney’s Pocahontas and its sequel Pocahontas II: Journey To A New World.She can be heard on many original cast recordings as well as on solo albums.
The City Choir of Washington, conducted by Maestro Robert Shafer, will perform Handel’s Laudate pueri dominum at National Presbyterian Church on April 22.The concert will be a tribute to Maestro Shafer’s fiftieth anniversary as a conductor in Washington, DC. The program will feature Finzi’s Magnificat & Charpentier’s Te Deum.The soloists will be Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes, soprano Crossley Danielle Hawn, countertenor Geoffrey Silver, tenor Allan Palacios Chan, and baritone Erik Grendahl.
Washington Bach Consort, conducted by Gwendolyn Toth, will perform a concert titled Culmination: J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 at National Presbyterian Church on April 29.The mass was completed during the last years of the composer’s life, and it is “a compendium of Baroque style and of Bach’ s own lifework.” The concert marks the end of the celebration of the Consort’ s 40th anniversary. Gwendolyn Toth directs ARTEK, an acclaimed early music ensemble. She is also a harpsichordist and organist who performs and records regularly on historic organs of the Netherlands. The soloists will be Laura Choi Stuart, soprano, Rebecca Kellerman, soprano, Roger O. Isaacs, countertenor, Matthew Hill, tenor and Mark Duer, bass.
Image below: Members of Washington Bach Consort - Photo by David Betts