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2016-17 Season

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. | The National Presbyterian Church

Time and Memory

Time and MemoryOn March 5, 2017, the Washington Master Chorale presents “Time and Memory,” a meditation on the themes of nostalgia, love, and immortality expressed in both poetry and music. The centerpiece of the concert will be the world premiere of Ruminations—a work for soloists, chorus, and chamber ensemble by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Jennifer Higdon. Ruminations is based on the poetry of thirteenth-century Persian mystic and poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī.  The concert will also feature John Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Dylan Thomas’s poetic evocation of his childhood in Wales; Tarik O’Regan’s Triptych, a memento mori for chorus and strings; and Imant Raminsh’s Songs of Lights, based on Native American texts. There will be a 4:00 p.m. pre-concert conversation with Maestro Colohan and Dr. Higdon on the art of bringing poetry to life through music.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Time and Memory


Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Hail, Gladdening Light: Choral Works from the British Isles

Hail Gladdening Light

On Sunday, October 30, 2016, the chorale will present “Hail, Gladdening Light,” a program of sacred and secular works from the British Isles featuring Herbert Howells’ impressionistic Requiem, written in 1932.  Originally intended for Boris Ord and the choir of King’s College, King’s never received it, and the piece languished until it was released for performance in 1980, three years before Howells’ death.  The women’s voices will be spotlighted in several works written by Howells’ close friend Gustav Holst, among them the Rigveda.  Indian Sanskrit hymns translated by Holst himself, the Rigveda were likely written between c.1500–1200 BC. The men will solo on Benjamin Britten’s dramatic “Ballad of Lady Barnard and Little Musgrave,” a tale of love and murder that dates to the seventeenth century and was collected by scholar James Francis Child.  Other composers on the program include Ralph Vaughan Williams, Charles Wood, James MacMillan, C. Kenneth Turner, and Thomas Tallis.

Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Comfort and Joy: Christmas with the Washington Master Chorale

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Comfort and Joy

On Sunday, December 18, 2016, at the historic Church of the Epiphany, the Washington Master Chorale will present a tasty blend of seasonal treats as we drive away the dark and prepare to usher in a promising new year. You’ll hear carols, motets, and hymns by Chorale favorites – Lauridsen, Vaughan Williams, Jacques, Tavener, MacMillan, Pärt, Purcell, Mendelssohn, Willcocks, and more. Of special interest will be the Chorale’s performance of two carols by little known, post-WWII Scottish composer Ronald Center (1913-1973). An intensely shy man who lived with his wife, soprano Evelyn Morrison Center, in the rural town of Huntly, Center taught piano to local school children, directed the church choir and played the organ. He rarely allowed his music to be played and at the time of his death in 1973, many of his compositions remained unpublished. Thankfully, we have his Three Nativity Carols, two of which, “There is no Rose” and “Wither’s Rocking Hymn” will be performed by the Chorale. In tribute to the late J. Reilly Lewis, the Chorale joins with other Washington-area choruses in honoring the man and his music and will perform “Lobet Den Herrn Alle Heiden” by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Trumpets, merry organ, high spirits, and bright voices – yours and ours – you won’t want to miss this joyful afternoon!