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

The Glory of France

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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 the Messe Solennelle by Jean Langlais. We will also perform the great Mass, Op. 60 by the beloved, Washington, D.C. composer Russell Woollen. Woollen was greatly inspired by the French tradition. Like Maestro Shafer, he was a student of Nadia Boulanger.

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An Ode to Spring
May
19
4:30 PM16:30

An Ode to Spring

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The City Choir of Washington’s twelfth season concludes with a jubilant ode to spring. The concert opens with Purcell’s buoyant and marvelous Come, Ye Sons of Art, followed by Mozart’s shimmering and exuberant Regina Coeli, K. 276. The concert concludes with the Kyrie and Gloria from Bach’s legendary Mass in B minor. These movements were originally written as an independent mass (the Missa of 1733). In the words of Maestro Shafer, “We need this music now, more than ever.”

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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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