In March, The City Choir of Washington transports you to France, with a program of works in the great tradition of French choral music, including Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, the Poulenc Gloria and the Duruflé Quatre Motets. We are also pleased to welcome back acclaimed Metropolitan Opera soprano, Danielle Talamantes. This concert will take place in the intimate setting of Saint Luke Catholic Church in McLean, VA, as part of the Music in McLean series.
Mozart Ave verum corpus
Schütz Magnificat (Uppsala), SWV 468
The City Choir of Washington concludes its twelfth season with two of the most popular choral works ever written: Mozart’s Ave velum corpus and Requiem. The concert also features the Uppsala Magnificat by German composer Heinrich Schütz. Schütz studied in Venice and took their poly-choral practices back to Northern Germany. It is a thrilling and rarely-heard piece for three choirs and orchestra.
Crossley Danielle Hawn, Soprano
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, Mezzo-soprano
Kerry Wilkerson, Bass
Bring the joy of the season into the new year by celebrating Twelfth Night with The City Choir of Washington! Also known as the Feast of the Epiphany, Twelfth Night has a long history of varied traditions from around the world. This year’s concert will feature Rutter’s delightfully jubilant Gloria, as well as a selection of new and old holiday favorites that bridge the gap between Christmas and Twelfth Night.
In addition, we will continue our long-standing tradition of showcasing another exceptional, local high school choir as our Partner in Song. This year’s choir is the West Springfield High School Madrigals under the direction of Mr. Dustin Brandt.
Join us as we explore the rich musical offerings of the extended season! This concert is always a sell-out, so we encourage you to order your tickets early.
The City Choir of Washington opens its twelfth season on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Join us and special guest conductor Gretchen Kuhrmann as we commemorate this historic occasion with music by composers who were all very deeply affected by the Great War. Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem became an unofficial anthem during the war, and Parry himself would succumb to the Spanish flu in 1918. We will also present two pieces by Gerald Finzi—A Farewell to Arms and In terra pax—who lost three siblings in the war. The highlight of the concert is Vaughan Williams’ stirring cantata, Dona nobis pacem, written in the turbulent time between the first and second World Wars. Despite being quite old for military service, Vaughan Williams himself fought during World War I.
A military color guard will present and retire the national colors.
Please join us after the concert for remarks and a Q&A session with Maestra Kuhrmann and Andrew Woods, Research Historian at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park.