Haydn Lord Nelson Mass
Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Haydn Lord Nelson Mass

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Concert Program:
Britten Rejoice in the Lamb
Britten Jubilate Deo in E flat
Pärt Salve Regina
Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Haydn Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass)

In the summer of 1798, Haydn composed arguably his greatest choral work against the backdrop of Napoleon’s campaigns in Syria and Egypt, and in an era beset by turmoil.  The composition’s name – Mass for Troubled Times– 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 is complemented by the jubilant opening movement Britten’s cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb, based on the Christopher Smart poem depicting the praise and worship of God by all beings; and the Washington premiere of Pärt’s austere and otherworldly Salve Regina, commissioned in 2001 to commemorate the founding of Essen Abbey in 845. 

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Twelfth Night
Jan
5
5:00 PM17:00

Twelfth Night

The City Choir of Washington Partners in Song, and in spirit, with the Freedom High School Chamber Choir (Chantilly, VA), directed by Laura Lazarevich, in presenting an evening of beloved and traditional carols and songs to celebrate the new year, and put a joyful end note on the holiday season.

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Duruflé Requiem
Mar
15
5:00 PM17:00

Duruflé Requiem

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Concert Program:
Poulenc Litanies of the Black Virgin
Duruflé Requiem

Featuring:
Composed in the immediate aftermath of World War II, Duruflé’sRequiem(1947) is both ethereal and transcendent. Again, joining the City Choir of Washington for an unforgettable evening of collaborative music making are the West Springfield (VA) High School Madrigals, directed by Dustin Brandt; and the Shenandoah University Cantus Singers directed by Dr. Karen Keating. 

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Bach Mass in B Minor
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

Bach Mass in B Minor

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Program:
Bach Mass in B minor

Please note the start time of 7:30 PM

Musicologist Ted Libbey emphatically stated, “The Mass in B minor is as lofty in design, scope and expression as anything written by the hand of man.” Indeed! The City Choir of Washington will ring the curtain down on its 2019-20 season with a stirring and spectacular performance of Bach’s monumental, and most memorable, masterpiece.

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Baroque and Beyond
May
19
5:00 PM17:00

Baroque and Beyond

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Note new concert time: 5:00 pm

Concert Program:
Gabrieli Viva la musica
Schütz Magnificat (Uppsala), SWV 468
Handel Excerpts from Messiah
Mozart Requiem, K. 626

The City Choir of Washington concludes its twelfth season with one of the most popular choral works ever written: Mozart’s immortal Requiem. Maestro Shafer invites you to explore the baroque influences that shaped Mozart’s masterpiece, including excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, and 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.

Featuring:
Crossley Danielle Hawn, Soprano
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, Mezzo-soprano
Norman Shankle, Tenor
Kerry Wilkerson, Bass

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The Glory of France
Mar
10
4:30 PM16:30

The Glory of France

Concert Program:
Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine
Franck Organ Chorale No. 3 in A Minor
Duruflé Quatre Motets sur des thèmes
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Duruflé Sanctus from Requiem
Poulenc Gloria

In March, The City Choir of Washington and Maestro Shafer transport 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 sur des thèmes grégoriens. 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.

Featuring:
Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Peter Uhlir, piano
Paul Skevington, organ

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A TWELFTH NIGHT CONCERT
Jan
6
4:30 PM16:30

A TWELFTH NIGHT CONCERT

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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.

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A FAREWELL TO ARMS: A World War I Centennial Concert
Nov
11
4:30 PM16:30

A FAREWELL TO ARMS: A World War I Centennial Concert

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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.

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