Choralis, Ēchos chamber choir, Cantus Choral Scholars & The Classical Brass Quintet, led by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann, will perform A Classic Brass Christmason December 2 at The Church of the Epiphany in DC & on December 3 at Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia. The concerts will include a candlelight processional, conducting raffle, and carol sing-along, plus John Rutter’s Gloria!
Image below: Gretchen Kuhrmann – Photo by Don Lassell
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Zimmerman, with The Fairfax Ballet, led by artistic director Margaret Virkus, will perform Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker in the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, December 16. The classic family presentation features “a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between heroic toy soldiers and mischievous mice.”
National Chamber Ensemble will perform a concert titled Holiday Cheeron December 16 at Unitarian Universalist Church Of Arlington.The ensemble will be joined by soprano Rebecca Littig, who is the winner of the 2017 Outstanding Young Artist Achievement Award. Ms. Littig made her European debut at age 24. She has graced many of the world’s stages including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Vienna State Opera, and London’s Royal Opera Covent Garden. She will perform Vivaldi's rarely heard masterpiece “O Qui Coeli.” Littig will also lead the audience in a carols sing-along at the conclusion of the concert. Soloists will also include Natasha Dukan(piano), Jorge Orozco (violin), Vasily Popov(cello), Leo Sushansky(violin), and Uri Wassertzug(viola). In addition, the winner of the Outstanding Young Artist Achievement Award will make his or her Ensemble debut. The program will include a Hanukkah medley, plus music by Tchaikovsky, and Bach. A group of students from elementary school to college age will accompany the Ensemble on a Vivaldi selection. They will include Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, and Levine Music.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, conducted by Ulysses James, will perform Jim Territo’s John Henry Vs. The Machineat George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria on Sunday December 17 and at Church of the Epiphany in DC on December 10. The performance will featureKarl Hovey, tuba & Charles Williams, narrator.
The program will also include Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes for Cello and Orchestra, with Randy Ward, cello;Ottorini Respighi’s Gli uccelli, P.154 (The Birds) and Alexandre Tansman’s Concertino in Homage to Manual de Falla, with Piotr Pakhomkin, guitar.
The New Dominion Chorale will present Christmas Oratorio (Cantatas I, II & III) by J.S. Bach - In English Translation by Thomas Beveridge- with orchestra on December 10 at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria. Maestro Beveridge is recognized for his multi-faceted abilities: singer, oboist, keyboard player, composer, arranger, teacher, conductor. He attended Harvard College & studied composition and conducting in France with the legendary Nadia Boulanger. In addition to the New Dominion Chorale, he is also Artistic Director of the National Men's Chorus and Director of Music at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington.
The Washington Men's Camerata, conducted by Music Director Frank Albinder, will perform Christmas with the Camerata on December 2 at Fairlington United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia; at Bradley Hills Presbyterian in Bethesda, Maryland on December 3 and at Church of the Epiphany in DC on December 10. The program will feature familiar carols, popular melodies and a few surprises.
The Thirteen – the all-star professional choir known for “inspired and powerful live performance,” will perform a candlelight concert titled Northern Lights on December 16 at First Congregational UCC.The audience “will be transported to the exposed landscapes of the far north through works by Scandinavian, Baltic, and Northern composers including Rachmaninoff, Pärt, Esenvalds and more.” The performance will include many holiday favorites.
Members of The National Symphony Orchestra will perform chamber music concertsin the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium at Mount Vernon on January 30, February 27 & March 20.The three-part series “is designed to both entertain and educate through history and music.” The concerts will be prefaced by a brief piece of Mount Vernon history and will be followed by a reception of champagne & chocolates with the musicians.