Upcoming Performances:

Poetry Into Song

The Church of the Epiphany

Washington, DC

April 19, 2020 at 5 PM


We conclude our 10th season with a landmark event, the world premiere of The Unknown Sea, by renowned composer David Conte. Composed for mezzo soloist, SATB chorus, piano and chamber orchestra, the piece is based on the texts of preeminent American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Bishop is one of the most celebrated poets of the 20th Century. A “poet’s poet,” she was the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a position now known as the nation’s Poet Laureate), a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, and a gifted teacher. Conte will attend the premiere and participate in a pre-concert conversation led by former Poet Laureate of California, Dana Gioia. Gioia was both a student of Bishop and the moderator at the Chorale’s inaugural concert in February 2010. The Unknown Sea will be paired with Ralph Vaughan Williams’s masterful cantata, Dona Nobis Pacem based on Walt Whitman’s poems and texts from the Bible, and re-orchestrated by British composer and conductor Jonathan Rathbone.

Join us immediately following the concert:

Poet Dana Gioia, former NEA chairman and student of Elizabeth Bishop, will lead a conversation and Q&A with composer David Conte, friends, colleagues, and scholars.

Past Performances

Christmas with the Chorale

The Church of the Epiphany

Washington, DC

December 22, 2019 at 5 PM


Our December program reprises our favorite songs of the season, time-burnished gems sure to put you in the holiday spirit. The concert will ring out the old, ring in the new, and close with a contemplative candlelight rendering of “Silent Night.” Trumpets, merry organ, high spirits, and bright voices – yours and ours – will join as one for a delightful and joyful afternoon. 

Soprano Soloist with The Fairfax Choral Society & Amadeus Orchestra

The Armed Man Mass

April 7, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm $35

The Fairfax Choral Society will be guests of Amadeus Orchestra for a performance of one of the most moving new choral works of our time, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. This dramatic work was commissioned by the Royal Armouries in the UK to mark the transition from one millennium to another. It reflects on the passing of “the most war-torn and destructive century in human history” and looks forward in hope to a more peaceful future.

The National Presbyterian Church

March 3, 2019 5 PM

Featuring special guests, The Children’s Chorus of Washington

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The 2018-19 season closes with a musical journey between two capitals of western music, Paris and London. Our journey begins in Paris with excerpts from Maurice Duruflé’s luminous Requiem, Op. 9,and works by several of his contemporaries and successors including Louis Vierne, Pierre Villette, and Francis Poulenc. For the second half of the program, we travel to London to present selections from Ralph Vaughan Williams’s rousing In Windsor Forest based on Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” with music from his opera, Sir John in Love and works by his composition teacher Charles Wood. A highlight of the concert will be the second performance of Washington, DC native and Juilliard student Alistair Coleman’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” text by British Poet William Wordsworth. Composed for chorus, piano and string quartet, the piece was premiered at Strathmore Hall during Mr. Coleman’s tenure as Composer-in-Residence of the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale for their 2017-18 season.

For this concert, the Chorale will be joined by the Children’s Chorus of Washington under the artistic direction of Margaret Nomura Clark.

A pre-concert discussion with composer Alistair Coleman and Artistic Director Thomas Colohan will take place at 4:00pm and is free and open to the public.

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Washington Master Chorale

Birth Dance! Christmas with the Chorale

The Church of the Epiphany

December 20, 2018 at 7:30 PM

December 23, 2018 at 5 PM

The Washington Master Chorale celebrates the holiday season with two performances of new and old favorites, including Gustav Holst’s “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” J. David Moore’s “Annua Gaudia,” Peter Warlock’s “Bethlehem Down,” two selections from Three Nativity Carols by Ronald Center, James MacMillan’s “O Radiant Dawn,” and Joseph Turrin’s “Magnificat.”A mix of time-honored English, French and Spanish carols, hymns and anthems accompanied by brass, percussion and the merry organ. A spirited audience sing-along with Maestro Colohan will put you in a holiday mood.

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Conversation Concert

Concierto Conversatorio

​Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata 131, "Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir"

Out of the depths I cry out to you, Lord -

De los profundos, oh Jehová, á ti clamo

Saturday, November 10, 2018 4:00 pm

Hughes United Methodist Church

10700 Georgia Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902

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Admission Free ($20 suggested donation)

This performance will last approximately one hour.

Join us for a bilingual Conversation Concert, featuring one of Bach's very first cantatas, "Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir." One of our own professional choristers, Adriana González-Collins, will join conductor Richard Allen Roe in presenting an introduction to this beautiful and comforting cantata in English and Spanish. With soloists Matthew Hill, tenor, and Jason Buckwalter, baritone, the superb musicians of The Advent Project will make this a musical and educational event not to be missed!

Wheaton Conversation Concert BWV 131

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ZARZUELA A LA CUBANA: MARÍA & CECILIA

A sizzling double bill of Cuba’s most famous zarzuelas: Lecuona’s María la O and Roig’s Cecilia Valdés. In both works, the genre’s most iconic characters inhabit the essence of Cuban women of color and their fateful stories of forbidden interracial romance and inevitable betrayal and tragedy. Music director Carlos César Rodríguez brings their duality of soaring melodies and irresistible rhythms to full life with Iván Navas playing Cuban percussion. Directed and choreographed by Abel Lopez and Jaime Coronado. Sung in Spanish, with English dialogue by Karen Zacarías (María la O) and Anna Deeny Morales (Cecilia Valdés) .

APRIL

Sun 22 at 7pm; Wed 25 at 7:30pm

Sat 28 at 2pm*; Sun 29 at 7pm

VENUE

GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square

3333 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

Columbia Heights Metro (Green line)

Parking at Giant garage, on Park Rd.

www.galatheatre.org

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General: $45 Senior (65+): $42 Young Professional (ID reg.): $25 Youth/Student: $22

Group (8+) discount: 10%off

Subscribers and Donors, please call our box office to claim your preferred seating benefits: 202-204-7763

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Washington Master Chorale

2017-18 Season

Youthful Indulgence: Early Masses of Mozart and Martin

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The Washington Master Chorale opens its 2017-2018 season with a celebration of early works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1757-1791) and Swiss composer, Frank Martin (1890-1974). While the works have in common a relative immaturity given the ages of the composers, they could not be more different stylistically. Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C major, KV 258 for chorus and chamber orchestra, one of three set in C Major he composed in November and December 1776, is lively, bright and buoyant. By contrast, Martin’s a cappella Mass for Double Chorus is a deeply personal work that the composer kept hidden for 40 years. Sober, modal, influenced by Gregorian plainsong, the Mass was composed in 1922 except the “Agnus Dei” movement which was added in 1926. After its premiere in November 1963 by Franz Brunnert and the Bugenhagen Kantorei of Hamburg, Martin explained why the Mass had remained unseen and unheard for 40 years: “I considered it to be a matter between God and myself,” he wrote. “I felt then that an expression of religious feelings should remain secret and removed from public opinion.”

Also on the program, Mozart’s “Regina Coeli,” KV 276, for soloists, chorus and chamber orchestra. An antiphon in honor of the Virgin Mary, it is the last of three settings of this text by Mozart.

The National Presbyterian Church

October 29, 2017 at 5 PM

New Joy! Christmas with the Chorale

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The Chorale ushers in the holiday season with the seldom performed Lauda per la Natività del Signore by Italian neo-classical composer Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) based on texts by 14th century poet and Franciscan monk Jacopone da Todi (1230-1306). A canata for soloists, instrumental ensemble and chorus, Respighi’s pastoral reading of the birth of Christ integrates modern harmonies and instrumentation with late-renaissance and early baroque idioms to produce a work that evokes both the mystery and joy of Christ’s birth. The dramatis personae consists of the Angel (soprano), the Virgin Mary (mezzo-soprano), a Shepherd (tenor), and Joseph (non-singing role), and chorus of Angels and Shepherds.

The Chorale will also perform many of its favorites of the season and audiences can look forward to singing along on time honored carols like “O Come All Ye Faithful.”

Episcopal Church of the Epiphany

December 3, 2017 at 5 PM

December 21, 2017 at 7 PM

Passion and Praise: Ancient Glory in New Form

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The Washington Master Chorale is among 14 arts organizations partnering with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in honoring the legacy of Leonard Bernstein (1917-2017), Leonard Bernstein at 100. The Chorale will perform Bernstein’s Missa Brevis, a 1989 work based on incidental music Bernstein composed for the 1955 Broadway production of “The Lark” starring Julie Harris. Award winning composer and rising star Joshua Fishbein has been commissioned by the Chorale to compose a new work for the occasion. A singer and pianist, Fishbein composes vocal and instrumental music. Currently, he is a Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate (A.B.D.) in Music Composition at UCLA.

Also on the program, “O Vos Omnes” an a capella piece by celebrated cellist Pablo Casals. Long time Washingtonians will remember when Casals performed in 1961 at the Kennedy White House, an unprecedented time in modern political history when art and culture took their rightful places at the vanguard of American life.

The National Presbyterian Church

March 4, 2018 5 PM

Washington Master Chorale

2016-17 Season

Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005Hail, Gladdening Light: Choral Works from the British Isles

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On Sunday, October 30, 2016, the chorale will present “Hail, Gladdening Light,” a program of sacred and secular works from the British Isles featuring Herbert Howells’ impressionistic Requiem, written in 1932. Originally intended for Boris Ord and the choir of King’s College, King’s never received it, and the piece languished until it was released for performance in 1980, three years before Howells’ death. The women’s voices will be spotlighted in several works written by Howells’ close friend Gustav Holst, among them the Rigveda. Indian Sanskrit hymns translated by Holst himself, the Rigveda were likely written between c.1500–1200 BC. The men will solo on Benjamin Britten’s dramatic “Ballad of Lady Barnard and Little Musgrave,” a tale of love and murder that dates to the seventeenth century and was collected by scholar James Francis Child. Other composers on the program include Ralph Vaughan Williams, Charles Wood, James MacMillan, C. Kenneth Turner, and Thomas Tallis.

Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005Comfort and Joy: Christmas with the Washington Master Chorale

On Sunday, December 18, 2016 the Washington Master Chorale ushers in the season with “Comfort and Joy,” a spirited program of sacred motets, anthems and carols from both sides of the Atlantic. You can look forward to hearing Chorale favorites Arvo Part (Magnificat and O Weisheit), Felix Mendelssohn (Am Neujahrstage and Weihnachten), Paul Manz, (E’en So Lord Jesus), Pavel Chesnokov (Spasyenie Sodelal), Sergei Rachmaninoff (Bogoroditse Devo),Samuel Barber (Sure On This Shining Night) and David Willcocks’s lively arrangements of classic carols, among others. The sacred space of the historicChurch of the Epiphany is the perfect accompaniment for a joyful afternoon of merry organ, brass and hundreds of voices lifted in exultant song.O Radiant Dawn James MacMillan

O beatum et sacrosanctum diem Peter Philips

Away in a Manger Reginald Jacques

There is No Rose Ronald Center

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

O Tannenbaum

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The National Presbyterian ChurchTime and Memory

On March 5, 2017, the Chorale will present “Time and Memory,” a meditation on the theme of nostalgia expressed in both poetry and music. The centerpiece of the concert will be the world premiere of a work for chorus and chamber ensemble by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Jennifer Higdon. The concert will also feature John Corigliano’s Fern Hill, from a poem by Dylan Thomas; Tarik O’Regan’s Triptych, a memento mori for chorus and strings; Samuel Barber’sKnoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24, on texts by James Agee; Time Pieces, by Stephen Chatman including the cacophonous Clocks inspired by the composer’s Grandfather clock; and Imant Raminsh’s Songs of Lights, based on Native American texts. The concert will be performed at the National Presbyterian Church. There will be a 4:00 p.m. pre-concert lecture with Maestro Colohan and Higdon on the creative process.

Featured Soloist & Ensemble in

GOYESCAS

with The In Series

Washington, DC

Enrique Granados’ Goyescas

December 7 – 18, 2016

at GALA Hispanic Theatre

Honoring the centennial of its première and composer Granados’ death– a cloak-and-dagger story of mistaken betrayals spins with the passion of Spanish dance. Inspired by Francisco de Goya’s paintings, this opera-ballet is rarely seen in America. Paintings come to life in writer Elizabeth Pringle’s new adaptation, coupled with Manuel de Falla’s Seven Spanish Popular Songs. Stage Director & Choreographer: Jaime Coronado, Conductor/Pianist: Carlos César Rodríguez.

Wed 12/7 at 7:30pm; Sat 12/10 at 8pm; Sun 12/11 at 2:30pm; Sat 12/17 at 8pm; Sun 12/18 at 7pm

*Snow Dates: 12/12 and 12/19 at 7pm

Tickets

MAY 28 - 30 2015 at SOURCE

JUNE 5 & 6 at THE MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE

The Golden Age of American popular song saw Latino hit tunes at the top of the charts as recorded by Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Doris Day, the Beatles, many more. Remember songs like Yours (Quiéreme mucho), Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps; Perfidia, El Cumbanchero (Rickie Ricardo), Amor, Amor, Amor... Feel the heat as our four songbirds bring you those romantic melodies & sensual rhythms—directed by Mari Paz and Greg Stevens. 

Vocalists José Sacín (Perú), Adriana González (México), Alex Alburqueque (Perú) & Patricia Portillo (México), Iván Navas on congas.

General Admission: $35 Senior: $33 STUDENT/Youth: $16

Group (8+): 10% discount

PERFORMANCES at Source

1835 14th St., NW, Washington DC 20009

Thu 5/28 at 7:30pm, Fri 5/29 at 8pm, Sat 5/30 at 8pm 

PERFORMANCES at The Mexican Cultural Institute - Limited Seating

2829 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20009

Fri 6/5 at 8pm, Sat 6/6 at 2:30pm

Washington Master Chorale

2015-2016 Season

On Sunday, October 18 at The National Presbyterian Church, the Washington Master Chorale performed “Modern Romantics,” pairing Morten Lauridsen’s choral cycle Les Chansons Des Roses based on texts of Rainer Maria Rilke with the world premiere of a new work by composer and conductor Julian Wachner. Song selections examined the shift from Romanticism to Modernism through musical settings of Rilke, Christina Rossetti and others, and revealed the connections among poetry, fine art and music. The program opened with settings of ancient love songs “Song of Solomon” or “Song of Songs” from the Hebrew scriptures and Wachner’s “Arise My Love” for organ and chorus. Excerpts from his Rilke Songs and Jennifer Higdon’s stunning setting of e.e. cummings’s “somewhere i have never traveled” followed. The chorus closed the first half with Morten Lauridsen’s choral cycle “Les Chansons des Roses.” The second half featured settings of love poetry by Samuel Barber and Norman Dello Joio, and concluded with the premiere of the new work by Julian Wachner, a 10-15 minute multi movement choral work drawn from the secular texts of Christina Rossetti and modeled on Francis Poulenc’s chamber instrumental works.

On Sunday, December 20 at The Church of the Epiphany, we ushered in the holiday season with “Noel! Noel!” — a delightful program of seasonal classics, both old and new — including works by Heitzeg, Willan, Mathias, Rheinberger, Vaughan Williams, Howells, Lauridsen, Mechem, Paulus, Poulenc, etc. A highlight of the program was the world premiere of a new choral work by Russell Nadel on a text by Sara Teasdale. Nadel’s compositions have been premiered by a number of notable groups, including the distinguished Vancouver Chamber Choir. A spirited audience sing along with Maestro Colohan and the Chorale rounded out the festive afternoon. Learn more »

On Sunday, March 6 at The National Presbyterian Church, the Chorale presented “Song of the Beloved,” featuring Gabriel Fauré’s moving Requiem, Op. 48 in its elegant original chamber orchestra instrumentation, along with the world premiere of Song of the Beloved, a choral cantata for soprano and tenor soloists, chorus, and strings, by renowned composer Robert Kyr.

Kyr’s commission was made possible by a generous gift from the Fetzer Institute whose work reflects a belief in the transformative power of love and forgiveness. Texts were drawn from such disparate sources as Sappho, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Sir Philip Sidney, Vietnamese poet Thich Nhat Hanh, East Indian Rabindranath Tagore, and others. Robert Kyr’s music has been performed widely around the world and he has been commissioned by numerous ensembles, including Chanticleer, Cantus (Minneapolis), San Francisco Symphony Chorus, New England Philharmonic, Conspirare, Oregon Symphony, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony), and the Moscow State Chamber Choir (Russia) among others. 

Cantaora in Manuel De Falla's La Vida Breve

Washington, DC

OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 1 2014 at GALA*

Despite her grandmother’s fateful warnings and her own forebodings, the young gypsy Salud lives waiting for Paco, her fickle lover. Sun-drenched Andalusia and the mysterious, ritualistic soul of its people are the core of this passionate gypsy opera (1904-1905) and its universally famous Spanish dances.

Pianist/Conductor: Carlos C. Rodriguez

Choreography & Staging: Jaime Coronado, Abel Lopez

Full Production with chamber ensemble and dancers.

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PERFORMANCES

Sat 10/18 at 8pm, Sun 10/19 at 2:30pm (mat.)

Sun 10/26 at 2:30pm (mat.)

Sat 11/1 at 8pm

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Washington Master Chorale

2014-2015 Season

On October 5, 2014, we opened our 5th season with a tribute to the celebrated American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Appearing as special guests on the program were the Children’s Chorus of Washington and NPR’s Nina Totenberg. “A Choral Tribute to Leonard Berstein” included both beloved and rarely heard choral works by Bernstein, including his 1946 Hashkiveinu for chorus and organ, the French and Latin Choruses from The Lark with narration by Ms. Totenberg, and his 1989 Missa Brevis, based on those choruses. We also presented excerpts from Candide and his Mass of 1971. In this our anniversary year, we marked the 50th Anniversary of the Chichester Psalms, Bernstein’s 1965 choral masterpiece in the setting for organ, harp, and percussion. A pre-concert discussion was held at 3:00pm, moderated by Mark Eden Horowitz, Senior Music Specialist and Curator of the Leonard Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress. He was joined by Norman Scribner, Founder and Artistic Conductor Emeritus of the Choral Arts Society of Washington; Michael Slon, Director of Choral Programs at the University of Virginia; and, Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, Author of “Leonard Bernstein and his Young People’s Concerts.” Reproductions of holdings from the Library’s extensive Leonard Bernstein Collection were on display, including facsimiles of original manuscripts, photographs, and letters. The concert was reviewed by Anne Midgette of The Washington Post on October 6 <read the review online>

December 11-13, 2014, marked the Chorale’s first appearance with the National Symphony as part of its Holiday Pops Concerts. Mentioned in the DC Metro Theater Arts review — “The best combination came early, when the haunting vocals of Schubert’s Ave Maria (provided by the third component of the performance, the Washington Master Chorale) were paired with aerialist Christine van Loo’s triumphant silks choreography.” <read the review online>

On December 14 and 22, 2014, the Chorale presented its winter concerts at the historic National City Christian Church. “Peace and Grace” explored the relationship between peace within oneself and the pursuit of peace in the global community. The concerts featured Kirke Mechem’s moving anthem to global peace Island in Space and the world premiere of a new Gloria by composer Scott Humburg. The programs also included time-honored carols and anthems including Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria, selections from Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Hodie and other seasonal works.

On February 19-21, 2015, the Chorale made its second appearance with the National Symphony in Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, conducted by Matthias Pintscher. The Chorale’s performance was singled out in The Washington Post review by Anne Midgette — “Deserving of praise was the Washington Master Chorale, which was only founded in 2010 and which mustered a warm sound in the choral parts that helped unify this piece and make it a highlight of the evening.” <read the review online>

Washington Master Chorale

Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 4 p.m.

A Choral Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Missa Brevis, selections from Mass and Candide. Special guests include the Children's Chorus of Washington directed by Joan Gregoryk and NPR's Nina Totenberg.

The National Presbyterian Church

4101 Nebraska Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20016

A live presentation of

2001: A Space Odyssey

National Symphony Orchestra

Emil de Cou, conductor

Woodley Ensemble, Frank Albinder, Music Director

Saturday, July 19 at 8:30 pm at the Filene Center

The Wolftrap National Park for the Performing Arts

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Washington Master Chorale

WMC at Chorus America, June 2014

Washington Master Chorale (WMC) is thrilled to be introduced to a national audience when it performs for the annual conference of Chorus America, the professional association for the choral field. This year, the conference is convened in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Voices of Our Nation, a week-long celebration of choral music. The 30-minute concert program is a meditation on death, the afterlife and the redemptive power of song featuring a rich array of styles and texts drawn from the psalms, Evensong, and the rites of Orthodox Christianity. The vocal artistry of the Chorale will be on display with our exciting performances of Tchaikovsky’s Blazheni, yazhe izbral, Charles Ives’s pioneering setting of Psalm 90 for chorus, percussion and organ, Dale Warland’s The Voices, commissioned by 21 choruses as part of Chorus America’s 2013 Joint Commissioning Project and the late John Tavener’s Funeral Ikos, a naturalistic setting based on text taken from the service for the burial of priests. The concert will close with the exultant second movement of Herbert Murrill’s Magnifcat and Nunc Dimittis.

The In Series Outreach production:

(Cri-Cri: The Little Singing Cricket)

Saturday, May 3rd, 12-4pm at the MCI

PASSPORT DC AT THE MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE

Mari Paz, accomplished pianist, will accompany renowned soprano Adriana Gonzalez, singing Mexico's traditional

"Cri-Cri" music for children at 12:00pm.

Ensemble   

OPERA AND BEYOND

MAY 3, 2014

Saturday | 8 pm

Gordon Center For Performing Arts

Owings Mills

Operatic masterpieces from MOZART, VERDI, WAGNER, BORODIN, ROMBERG, and KERN

Washington Master Chorale

Perpetual Light

Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Pre-concert lecture at 3:00 p.m.

REQUIEM OP. 9 (Maurice Durufle)

REQUIEM FOR THE PEOPLE (Pamela Layman Quist) *

* Washington area premiere   

The National Presbyterian Church

4101 Nebraska Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20016

Washington Master Chorale

Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church

Bethesda, Maryland 20817

Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

National City Christian Church

Washington, D.C. 20005

DECEMBER 15, 2013 2:30 pm

Revel in the joy of Christmas. Join the CAB singers and solo vocalists/instrumentalists in this annual celebration of the season featuring fun, new arrangements of traditional carols, along with some you may not have heard before. Come early for an optional brunch and stay afterwards for a champagne toast, tree lighting, and merry Christmas sing-along at the piano.

Handel's Messiah 

Ed Polochick, conductor

Jennifer Zetlan, soprano

Barry Banks, tenor

Michael Sumuel, bass

The greatest story ever told. The most magnificent music ever conceived. It wouldn’t be the holidays without Handel’s inspiring Messiah. The BSO continues its tradition of ushering in the holiday season with an all-star performance of Handel’s glorious oratorio featuring the “Hallelujah Chorus,” music’s most powerful message of faith.

Fortune Teller in Heart of Madrid 

with The In Series

PERFORMANCES

Sat 11/23 at 8pm, Sun 11/24 at 3pm (mat.)*

Sun 12/1 at 3pm (mat.), Sat 12/7 at 8pm

Puccini’s Le Villi (The Spirits) & Heart of Madrid

Puccini’s first triumph, an opera-ballet in which the spirit of a jilted young woman returns to haunt her unfaithful lover… Paired with an irresistible assemblage of hits from Zarzuela (light opera), distilling the romantic heart and the fun-loving spirit of Spanish music.

NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 6 at GALA

* SPECIAL EVENT: There will be a free Artists & Audience Dialogue after our 11/24 performance.

REVIEWS:

"The best part is the fact that every actor onstage is featured on one song or another….Adriana Gonzalez and Christine Soler (Fortune Teller and Cristina) did a great job on “Couplets from Babylon,” a tricky, funny song about women and love." -dcmetrotheaterarts.com

http://www.dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2013/11/24/pocket-opera-x2-the-spirits-the-heart-at-the-in-series-by-jessica-vaughan/

"The musical selection and the singing were genuinely first-rate throughout in this charming little production. Every soloist was in character and on target for every number, sweeping the audience along in a ringing and mostly positive endorsement of love and life, Spanish style….Extra hat tips here go to Ms. Starr and Ms. Gonzalez for outstanding solos and characterization in this production." –The Washington Times

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/curtain-up/2013/nov/29/series-puccini-zarzuela-double-bill-double-holiday/

In Series ‘pocket’ operas find perfect setting at Gala Hispanic Theatre-The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/in-series-pocket-operas-find-perfect-setting-at-gala-hispanic-theatre/2013/12/02/1034ba30-5b72-11e3-a49b-90a0e156254b_story.html

Concert Artists of Baltimore POWER AND GLORY

OCTOBER 26, 2013 8 pm

SCHUBERT: “Unfinished” Symphonyand Mass in G

PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3

Washington Master Chorale 

Wisdom and Eternity

Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Pre-concert lecture at 3:00 p.m.    

MASS IN G MINOR (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

PSALM 90 (Charles Ives)

BENDITA SABEDORIA (Heitor Villa-Lobos)

 The National Presbyterian Church

4101 Nebraska Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20016  

Solo recital on behalf of the Cultural Institute of Mexico 

for the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide

Tuesday, September 24th

U.S. Department of State

Washington, DC

Nella

Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini 

JUNE 15 - JUNE 24 

The comic Italian masterpiece (1918) is even funnier in Bari Biern’s English adaptation. A large family in 1960s South Philadelphia fights over who will inherit their deceased relative’s cheese-steak shops. Meanwhile, a young couple dreams only of true love, and asks for con-man ‘Johnny’ Schicchi’s help.

Director: Rick Davis

Music Director & Conductor: Frank Conlon

PERFORMANCES

Sat 6/15 at 3pm, Mon 6/17 at 7:30pm

Sat 6/22 at 3pm, Mon 6/24 at 7:30pm

REVIEWS:


"Bottom line: …a pair of little gems you’ll not want to miss." -The Washington Times

"Three cheers for an invigorating collaboration...Bravo/brava to all involved for delivering this delightful, entertaining double thrill." -DC Theatre Scene

Ensemble

Concert Artists of Baltimore

APRIL 27, 2013

Saturday | 8 pm

Gordon Center For Performing Arts

Owings Mills Ravel: Mother Goose Suite

Vaughan Williams: Mass in G Minor

McAllister: X-Concerto for Clarinet

DAVID DROSINOS, Clarinet Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia

Guest Ensemble Member

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín

Peabody Combines Choruses

April 23, 2013 & April 24, 2013 8 pm    

Miriam A. Friedberg Hall Peabody Conservatory | Baltimore

 The concert-drama, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II who performed the famous Verdi Requiem Mass while experiencing the depths of human degradation. With only a smuggled score, they performed the famous oratorio sixteen times, including one performance before senior SS officials from Berlin and a Red Cross delegation. Conductor Rafael Schächter told the choir, “We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them.” http://www.defiantrequiem.org/

CABARET LATINO

with The In Series

Washington, DC

APRIL 20 & 21 at SOURCE

Join us for the final two shows as we bring you Latino pop-songs and sparkling zarzuela selections sung to you up close and personal by emerging Latino stars featured recently on our very own In Series stage. Our fabulous five include soprano Mónica Soto-Gil (México), baritone Alex Alburqueque (Perú), soprano Adriana González (México), tenor Pablo Henrich-Lobo (Bolivia)and mezzo Adrienne Starr (Venezuela).

Featuring amazing arrangements by star Cuban pianist Mari Paz, and the spicy contributions of director/designers Abel López & Greg Stevens, this delicious cabaret cocktail is sure to set the night on fire.


Sat 4/20 at 8pm, Sun 4/21 at 3pm

GA: $30 SE: $28 STUDENT/Youth: $16

Ensemble

Concert Artists of Baltimore

Peabody Conservatory | Baltimore 

MARCH 23, 2013

Saturday | 8 pm

Miriam A. Friedberg Hall


Beethoven: Mass in C

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor

ERIC ZUBER, Piano

La Clemenza di Tito by W.A. Mozart


The In Series


January 26-February 3rd

at Atlas Theater, Washington, DC


PERFORMANCES:

Sat 1/26 at 8pm, Sun 1/27 at 3pm

Sat 2/2 at 8pm, Sun 2/3 at 3pm

REVIEWS:

 "In our opinion, the members of the chorus in this production deserve a special hat tip. Christine Browne-Munz, Ashley Dannewitz, Adriana Gonzalez, Shaina Martinez, Russell Silber, Jase Parker, Aaron Pendola and Sean Pflueger were tight, crisp, and always on key, transforming the opera's purely choral moments into something wonderful." -Washington Times

“Gorgeous, polished and original "

-dcmetrotheaterarts.com 

"This is a production that deserves a longer run. Long may it reign in the In Series repertoire."

-dctheatrescene.com

Ensemble & Soloist

Washington, DC

January 12, 2012 at 7:30PM

Featuring the premier of Paul Leavitt's Magnificat

Ensemble

Handel's Messiah

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. @ The Meyerhoff

Edward Polochick, conductor

Yulia Van Doren, soprano

Abigail Nims, mezzo-soprano

Sean Panikkar, tenor

Tyler Duncan, baritone

Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale

The greatest story ever told. The most magnificent music ever conceived. It wouldn’t be the holidays without Handel’s inspiring Messiah. The BSO celebrates its 30th anniversary of ushering in the Christmas season at the Meyerhoff with an all-star performance of Handel’s glorious oratorio featuring the “Hallelujah Chorus,” music’s most powerful message of faith.

Ensemble & Soloist Concert with Reformation Lutheran Church Choir at the National Gallery of Art

Washington, DC

December 2, 2012 at 6:30PM

West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court

Featuring the premier of Paul Leavitt's Magnificat

Marking the 70th anniversary of the first concert at the National Gallery 

First Witch

in Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell

The In Series


NOVEMBER 10 - 26 , 2012 at Source Theater Washington, DC



PERFORMANCEs

Sat 11/10 at 8pm, Sun 11/11 at 3pm

Fri 11/16 at 8pm, Sat 11/17 at 8pm

Sun 11/25 at 3pm, Mon 11/26 at 7:30pm 

"Led by Sorceress Adrienne Starr, the three witches—Adriana Gonzalez and Tia Wortham were the other two—provided an amusing and entertaining comic intervals between this tragedy’s scenes" -The Washington Times

Solo Performance for the Consular Section, Embassy of Mexico 

War Widow/Ensemble

Idomeneo by W.A. Mozart

The In Series

June 9 - 17, 2012


Atlas Theater

Washington, DC 

REVIEWS:

The Washington Times

“...a handsome, elegant, quietly showy production that highlights the best of Mozart’s music while affording an easy entrée to this work for both opera newbies and Mozart fans alike...”

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dcmetrotheaterarts.com

"All of the actors take command of the stage with their strong vocal performances. Choreographers and dancers Heidi L. Kershaw and Alvaro Palau artfully illustrate several moments through powerful, graceful, - and at times - other worldly dance numbers throughout."

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dctheatrescene.com

“[The show] provides and evening of sweeping music and gut-wrenching emotion that explores a rarely visited corner of mythology”

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Past Roles

Cantaora; La Vida Breve;The In Series

Fortune Teller; Heart of Madrid; The In Series

Nella; Gianni Schicchi; The In Series

First Witch: Dido & Aeneus; The In Series

War Widow: Idomeneo; The In Series

Angelica: Suor Angelica; Amalfi Coast Music Festival

Cecilia: Bohemios; Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia

Lauretta: Gianni Schicchi

Susannah: Susannah

Mimi: La Bohème

The Countess: Le Nozze di Figaro

Musetta: La Bohème

Fiordiligi: Così fan tutte

Micaëla: Carmen


Scenes

Alice: Falstaff; scenes with Peabody Opera Studio

Violetta: La Traviata; scenes with DaCamera Singers

Mimi: La Bohème; scenes with Amalfi Coast Music Festival

The Marschallin: Der Rosenkavalier; scenes with Amalfi Coast Music Festival

The Countess: Le Nozze di Figaro scenes with Peabody Opera Studio

Fiordiligi: Così fan tutte; scenes with the Crittenden Opera Studio

Mercedes: Carmen; scenes with the Crittenden Opera Studio

Blanche: Dialogues of the Carmelites; scenes with the Crittenden Opera Studio

Adele: Der Fledermaus; scenes with University of Texas Undergraduate Opera


Opera Chorus

GOYESCAS; The In Series

La Clemenza di Tito; The In Series

Idomeneo; The In Series

Die Zauberflöte; Peabody Opera Theatre

Don Pasquale; Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia

Alcina; University of Texas Opera Studio

Così fan tutte; University of Texas Opera Studio

Les Enfant de Sortilege; University of Texas Opera Studio

Bandanna; World Premiere with UT Opera Studio

Susannah; University of Texas Opera Studio

The Mikado; University of Texas Opera Studio

Les Enfant de Sortilege; University of Texas Opera Studio

The Mikado; Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin


Choral

Washington Master Chorale - Washington, DC

Concert Artists of Baltimore - Baltimore, MD

Festival Choir & Orchestra, Church of the Reformation - Washington, DC

DaCamera Singers - Baltimore, MD

Peabody Singers - Baltimore, MD

The Choral Arts Society of Washington - Washington, DC

Cathedral Choral Society - Washington, DC

Conspirare Symphonic Chorus - Austin, TX

University of Texas Chamber Singers & Chorale - Austin, TX