Current Season

Current Season

A Choral Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

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

A pre-concert discussion was held at 3:00pm, moderated by Mark Eden Horowitz, Senior Music Specialist and Curator of the Leonard Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress. He was joined by Norman Scribner, Founder and Artistic Conductor Emeritus of the Choral Arts Society of Washington; Michael Slon, Director of Choral Programs at the University of Virginia; and, Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, Author of “Leonard Bernstein and his Young People’s Concerts.”

Reproductions of holdings from the Library’s extensive Leonard Bernstein Collection were on display, including facsimiles of original manuscripts, photographs, and letters.

The concert was reviewed by Anne Midgette of The Washington Post on October 6 <read the review online>

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Holiday Concerts in December

PeaceOn Sunday, December 14 and Monday, December 22, 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.

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Rachmaninoff Vespers at 100

Rachmaninoff imageCelebrate 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, OCTOBER 5, 2014
at 4:00 PM
The National Presbyterian Church

Get Tickets for Leonard Bernstein Tribute, October 6 at 4:00pm
Orchestra – $50 / $35 / $25
Balcony – $20
Student – $10 (balcony)

We open our 5th season with a tribute to the celebrated American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. 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, and his 1989 Missa Brevis, based on those choruses. 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. We will also present excerpts from Candide and his Mass of 1971.

Appearing as special guests on the program will be the Children’s Chorus of Washington (directed by Joan Gregoryk) and Nina Totenberg of National Public Radio (NPR).  Ms. Totenberg will be the voice of “Joan of Arc” in her narration for The Lark.  The Children’s Chorus of Washington will be featured in selections from Bernstein’s Mass, and will join the Chorale in “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide. Thomas Lynch, a prominent soloist from the Children’s Chorus, will be featured in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

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Reproductions of holdings from the Library’s extensive collection will be on display including facsimiles of original manuscripts, photographs and letters. The concert will also include the voice of Bernstein himself in a brief audio excerpt from his famous Harvard Norton Lecture series delivered in 1973.

Pre-concert Discussion at 3:00 p.m.

Please join us for a pre-concert discussion moderated by Mark Eden Horowitz, Senior Music Specialist and Curator of the Leonard Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress. Joining him will be Norman Scribner, Founder and Artistic Conductor Emeritus of the Choral Arts Society; Michael Slon, Director of Choral Programs at the University of Virginia; and, Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, Author of “Leonard Bernstein and his Young People’s Concerts.”

Meet the Guest Artists

The Children’s Chorus of Washington

Children's Chorus of Washington

Children’s Chorus of Washington

Internationally recognized and critically acclaimed for its nineteen-year history of outstanding artistry, the Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) has reached five continents through domestic and international tours, recordings, and frequent appearances on public radio and television. Emphasizing artistic excellence, responsibility, and personal development, CCW’s approach fosters students’ growth as young musicians and leaders. Read full biography »

Joan Gregoryk, director, Children’s Chorus of Washington

Joan Gregoryk, founder and artistic director, Children's Chorus of Washington

Joan Gregoryk

Joan Gregoryk, Founder and Artistic Director of the Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW), is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of children’s vocal music. Ms. Gregoryk has prepared choristers for performances with leading conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Julian Wachner, Leonard Slatkin, Scott Tucker, Norman Scribner, John Rutter, Valery Gergiev, and Philip Glass.
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Nina Totenberg, narration

Nina Totenberg, NPR (photo by Steve Barrett, NPR)

Nina Totenberg

Nina Totenberg is NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR’s critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. Ms. Totenberg will be the voice of Joan of Arc, providing the narration for our performance of Choruses from The Lark.
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Paul Skevington, keyboard

Organist, Paul Skevington

Paul Skevington

Paul Skevington is a sought after choral accompanist in the Washington, D.C. area, and has an active schedule as a solo performer.  He can be heard on five compact disc recordings, including two with trumpeter Phil Snedecor.  He is soloist on the internationally released Organ Concertos by Joseph Rheinberger on the Naxos label. Organist Paul Skevington has been at St. Luke Parish in McLean since 1993.
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Lee Hinkle, percussion

Lee Hickle, percussion

Lee Hinkle

Lee Hinkle, D.M.A. is a percussionist and baritone vocalist whose percussion playing has been called “rock-steady” by the Washington Post.  Dr. Hinkle is the principal percussionist with the 21st Century Consort, a position he has held since 2012.  He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in March 2014 with the world premiere performance of Baljinder Sekhon’s Double Percussion Concerto for two percussion soloists and wind ensemble.  The live performance will be released on CD in Fall 2014.
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Susan Robinson, harpist

Susan Robinson, harp

Susan Robinson

Susan Robinson is the principal harpist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, a position she has held since 1995.  She also serves as the principal harpist of the Boston ‘POPS’ Esplanade Orchestra, with whom she has toured the Far East and the US, and she performs frequently with the Boston Symphony and Boston POPS.  Previously, Susan served as the acting principal harpist of Tampa’s Florida Orchestra and the Sarasota Opera Festival.
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Thomas Lynch IV, boy soprano

Thomas Lynch IV

Thomas Lynch IV

Young Thomas Lynch entered the Washington music scene less than a year ago, making his Kennedy Center debut as soloist for Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols under the direction of Joan Gregoryk, Founder and Artistic Director of the acclaimed Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW), where Mr. Lynch is a member of the Concert and Chamber Choruses.
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James Rogers, baritone soloist

James Rogers, baritone

James Rogers

Hailed by The Washington Post as a “superb soloist” with a “sensitively turned lyric baritone”, Washington, D.C.-based James Rogers has been active in genres ranging from Viennese operetta to classical Lieder to challenging new works of the 21st century.
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Lena Seikaly, alto soloist

Lena Seikaly, alto soloist

Lena Seikaly

Lena Seikaly is a native of Falls Church, Virginia. She holds a B.M. in vocal performance from the University of Maryland School of Music, where she was a student of renowned bass-baritone Francois Loup, and appeared as a featured mezzo-soprano and alto soloist in several choral and orchestral performances.
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Additional instrumentalists include Kathryn Farenish, flute (“Simple Song”), and Danny Villanueva, percussion.

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“Celebrate the joy and wonder of the season with the Washington Master Chorale as we present a wintry mix of carols and anthems.”

SUNDAY, DEC 14, 2014 at 7:30pm
National City Christian Church

Orchestra – $50 / $35 / $25
Youth (12 and under) – $10
Get Tickets for A Winter's Night, December 22 at 7:00pm

MONDAY, DEC 22, 2014 at 7:30pm
National City Christian Church

Orchestra – $50 / $35 / $25
Youth (12 and under) – $10
Get Tickets for A Winter's Night, December 22 at 7:00pm

In December, the Chorale will present two winter concerts at the historic National City Christian Church in Washington DC. Peace and Grace will explore the relationship between peace within oneself and the pursuit of peace in the global community.  The centerpiece of these concerts will be Kirke Mechem’s ethereal anthem to universal peace, “Island in Space,” and the world premiere of “Sanctus” by area composer, Scott Humburg.

In addition to our popular sing-alongs, the programs will also feature treasured carols and anthems including haunting “Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl, “A Babe is Born” by Welsh composer William Mathias, Paul Manz’s Advent motet “E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come,” Herbert Howells’ “A Spotless Rose,” Healey Wilan’s “The Three Kings,” and carol arrangements by Alice Parker/Robert Shaw, Boris Ord, Joaquín Nin-Culmell, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Danish composer Niels la Cour.

So get out your pitch pipes and commence vocalizing. We look forward to hearing your voices caroling with ours, filling the halls and ushering in the season of joy and goodwill.

Meet the Guest Artists

Paul Skevington, organ

Organist, Paul Skevington

Paul Skevington

Paul Skevington is a sought after choral accompanist in the Washington, D.C. area, and has an active schedule as a solo performer. He can be heard on five compact disc recordings, including two with trumpeter Phil Snedecor. He is soloist on the internationally released Organ Concertos by Joseph Rheinberger on the Naxos label. Organist Paul Skevington has been at St. Luke Parish in McLean since 1993.
Read full biography »

Lee Hinkle, percussion

Lee Hickle, percussion

Lee Hinkle

Lee Hinkle, D.M.A. is a percussionist and baritone vocalist whose percussion playing has been called “rock-steady” by the Washington Post. Dr. Hinkle is the principal percussionist with the 21st Century Consort, a position he has held since 2012. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in March 2014 with the world premiere performance of Baljinder Sekhon’s Double Percussion Concerto for two percussion soloists and wind ensemble. The live performance will be released on CD in Fall 2014.
Read full biography »

Kurt Dupuis, Trumpet

Kurt Dupuis, trumpet

Kurt Dupuis

Kurt Dupuis is principal trumpet of  “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. He joined the Marine Band in September 1992 and was appointed principal trumpet in 1997.  He has been featured as a soloist with both the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra, frequently conducts masterclasses at universities and has published articles in the International Trumpet Guild and The Brass Herald.

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Rachel Carlson, Assistant Conductor

Rachel Carlson

Rachel Carlson

Rachel Carlson enjoys a versatile career as a conductor, soloist, chamber ensemble singer, and voice teacher based in the Washington, DC area.  She founded and serves as Artistic Director of Six Degree Singers, a community chorus in Silver Spring, Maryland, serves as Assistant Conductor of the Washington Master Chorale, assistant conducts the Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus at the University of Maryland.
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Scott Humburg. Composer

Scott Humburg

Scott Humburg

Scott Humburg, composer, is a young and growing musician pursuing a broad musical spectrum.  Scott, a solid-writing composer, also expresses is talents as a pianist and vocalist. He received his B.A. in Music from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Mr. Humburg studied extensively with composer and Guggenheim fellow David Froom.
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