WMC at Chorus America, June 2014
Washington Master Chorale (WMC) is thrilled to be introduced to a national audience when it performs for the annual conference of Chorus America, the professional association for the choral field. This year, the conference is convened in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Voices of Our Nation, a week-long celebration of choral music. The 30-minute concert program is a meditation on death, the afterlife and the redemptive power of song featuring a rich array of styles and texts drawn from the psalms, Evensong, and the rites of Orthodox Christianity. The vocal artistry of the Chorale will be on display with our exciting performances of Tchaikovsky’s Blazheni, yazhe izbral, Charles Ives’s pioneering setting of Psalm 90 for chorus, percussion and organ, Dale Warland’s The Voices, commissioned by 21 choruses as part of Chorus America’s 2013 Joint Commissioning Project and the late John Tavener’s Funeral Ikos, a naturalistic setting based on text taken from the service for the burial of priests. The concert will close with the exultant second movement of Herbert Murrill’s Magnifcat and Nunc Dimittis.
The concert will take place Friday, June 13 at 4:30pm at the Church of the Epiphany. Renowned organist Paul Skevington will accompany the Chorale on the magnificently restored Aeolian Skinner organ.
As this is a program for conference Chorus American attendees, no tickets for the public will be available.
On the Air and In the News
“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 (October 11, 2011)
The Washington Master Chorale is a semiprofessional chorus in Washington, D.C., that seeks to advance American choral excellence by combining professional artistry with the beauty of architecture and the written word. Please explore the site to learn more about the Washington Master Chorale, our Artistic Director, and our 2012-2013 season.