Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 20, for our holiday concert Noel! Noel! The Washington Master Chorale will present an assortment of time-burnished carols, motets, folk ballads, shape-note hymns, and chants ranging from Medieval to modern times. In programming this seasonal spectacular, the Chorale reached into its catalog of past winter concerts to select works by composers from both sides of the Atlantic from Estonia (Arvo Pärt, “Bogoroditse Djevo”) to Minnesota (Stephen Paulus, “Three Nativity Carols”). The centerpiece of Noel, Noel! will be the world premiere of Russell Nadel’s “Early Winter Tree” commissioned by the Washington Master Chorale for chorus and harp. Through artful interweaving of harp and voice, Nadel’s impressionistic composition with a text by American lyric poet Sara Teasdale, both evokes winter’s time of sadness and loss and presages the inevitability of spring’s renewal. Learn more »
For their final concert on March 6, the Chorale will present Song of the Beloved, featuring Gabriel Fauré’s moving Requiem, Op. 48 in its elegant original chamber orchestra instrumentation, along with the world premiere of Song of the Beloved, a choral cantata for soprano and tenor soloists, chorus, and strings by renowned composer Robert Kyr.
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On the Air and In the News
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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“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)