Join us for our 2014-2015 season

Join us for our 2014-2015 season

A Choral Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

Leonard BernsteinWe open our 5th season with a tribute to the celebrated American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Appearing as special guests on the program will be the Children’s Chorus of Washington and NPR’s Nina Totenberg.  The concert will include 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 will also present excerpts from Candide and his Mass of 1971. In this our anniversary year, we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Chichester Psalms, his 1965 choral masterpiece in a setting for organ harp and percussion.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 4 p.m.
(pre-concert conversation at 3 p.m.)
The National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.
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Peace and Grace

PaxIn December, the Chorale will present its winter concerts at the historic National City Christian Church. “Peace and Grace” will explore the relationship between peace within oneself and the pursuit of peace in the global community.  The concerts will feature 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 will also include time-honored carols and anthems including Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria, selections from Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Hodie and other seasonal works.

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, December 22, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

National City Christian Church, Washington, D.C.

Rachmaninoff Vespers at 100

Rachmaninoff thumbnailCelebrate with us as the Washington Master Chorale marks the 100th Anniversary of the world premiere of the Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil, Op. 37. The Chorale will perform this luminous and spiritual sixty-five minute without intermission. Don’t miss this spiritual masterpiece of choral literature in two of the best acoustical settings in Washington. The concert will also feature scholars and special guests in a pre-concert conversation.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 4 p.m.
(pre-concert conversation at 3 p.m.)
The National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.
Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 4 p.m.
The Church of the Epiphany, Washington, D.C.

On the Air and In the News

Marin Alsop and Michael Tilson Thomas on why Leonard Bernstein and his music live on, by Anne Midgette, The Washington Post
(reference to “A Choral Tribute to Leonard Bernstein” concert in article)
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“The Washington Master Chorale is nothing short of radiant…the choral sound [is] positively gorgeous…a fascinating disc.” — Fanfare Magazine
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Our winter concerts included a new work by composer and conductor Donald McCullough — “When Christ Was Born,” eight settings of Middle English carol texts for chorus, soprano and baritone soloists and harp (read the Washington Post review of  A Winter’s Night on December 16, 2013).

We ended our 2012-13 season on a high note with a concert of new American choral music, featuring the premiere  of “The Eye Begins to See,” by Donald McCullough (read the Washington Post review of  The Splendid Silent Sun on March 3rd).

WETA evening announcer Nicole Lacroix spoke to Thomas Colohan about the program and about the distinctly American sound of the Washington Master Chorale.  Listen to the interview:

Read about the Washington Master Chorale and hear from artistic director Thomas Colohan in “A long finish for a choral director, a new look for Washington’s choruses” (June 11, 2012 in The Washington Post)

Read a letter of appreciation from Alice Parker (Ocober 11, 2011)

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