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2016-17 Concert Season

On Sunday, October 30, the Chorale begins their season with Hail, Gladdening Light, a concert featuring sacred and secular choral works from the British Isles.  On December 18, Comfort and Joy will feature an eclectic mix of familiar and new music of the season. In the spring, on March 5, we will present Time and Memory, a concert including the world premiere of a work for chorus and chamber ensemble by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Jennifer Higdon. Learn more about the 2016-17 season »

Thomas Colohan and J. Reilly LewisA message from Artistic Director Thomas Colohan

“I believe in the power of music to create community – to touch, and to heal, and to transform.” J. Reilly Lewis

Reilly Lewis was a friend and mentor to Washington musicians for decades and his loss is deeply felt. He never lost his boyish enthusiasm for the glory of music.  His charisma and his curiosity about people were legendary. Given his extraordinary talent, he could have taken his career anywhere. Instead, he chose to remain in Washington, DC and share his passion with all of us.  For that we are most grateful.  In honor of Reilly, the Washington Master Chorale will perform J.S. Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, at its December concert.  A fitting tribute to the man and his music.

Photo of Maestros Colohan and Lewis courtesy of Shannon Finney

Washington Master Chorale is proud to offer our performance of Alice Parker’s arrangement of “In the Bleak Midwinter” in honor of the her 90th birthday (#AliceIs90).

On the Air and In the News

December 8, 2015
Washington Master Chorale Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Today, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $10,000 to the Washington Master Chorale for its planned Spring 2017 “Time and Memory” performance, which will include the premier of a newly-commissioned work by composer Jennifer Higdon. “We’re thrilled and gratified that the NEA chose to support the Washington Master Chorale and this exciting new work,” noted Maestro Colohan.
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A Conversation with Morten Lauridsen and Thomas Colohan on “Les Chansons des Roses”

NSO Appearance Review
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.”
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WMC Receives NEA Grant
Washington Master Chorale receives a National Endowment for the Arts Grant to support the commissioning of a new choral work by composer, conductor and keyboard artist Julian Wachner, music director of The Washington Chorus, as well as performances of choral works by composers Norman Dello Joio and Morten Lauridsen.
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NSO Pops Review (December 2014)
“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.”
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News and Reviews for “A Chorale Tribute to Leonard Bernstein” (October 2014)

Washington Master Chorale offers lively Bernstein tribute from ‘Candide’ to ‘Lark’, by Anne Midgette, The Washington Post
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Washington Master Chorale presents an interesting all-Bernstein program at National Presbyterian, Metropolitan Arts Reviews Blog
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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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More Reviews

“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:

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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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