2018-2019 SEASON

Earth, our home and country: songs of celebration and remembrance

The Earth and I
Oct. 28, 2018 at 5 PM
Birth Dance!
Dec. 20, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Dec. 23, 2018 at 5 PM

Paris to London
Mar. 3, 2019 at 5 PM

In addition to the standard season, the Chorale will present a song celebration to commemorating the centenary of Armistice Day which marked the end of World War I.  A musical collaboration in words and music with the Washington Master Chorale, Music Viva (NY), New Orchestra of Washington (NOW), sponsored by the United States World War One Centennial Commission.  Featuring a co-commission and world premiere of a choral work by American composer and conductor Joseph Turrin. Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC.

The Earth and I

The Earth and I

The National Presbyterian Church
October 28, 2018 at 5 PM

The Washington Master Chorale opens its 2018/2019 season with an exploration of humanity’s relationship with nature. This varied program features Lori Laitman’s choral cycle of the same name and “Spring” from Julian Wachner’s An October Garden (both commissioned by WMC) as well classics of the cannon inlcluding Charles Villiers Stanford’s The blue bird and Leonard Bernstein’s “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide, and even a new “nonsense song” from Artistic Director Thomas Colohan. The program’s centerpiece is Spanish composer and pianist Enrique Granados’ rarely-heard masterpiece, Cant de les estrelles (“Song of the stars”), written with chorus and organ accompanying a virtuoso piano part.

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Birth Dance! Christmas with the Chorale

Birth Dance!

The Church of the Epiphany
December 20, 2018 at 7:30 PM
December 23, 2018 at 5 PM

The Washington Master Chorale celebrates the holiday season with two performances of Czech American composer Václav Nelhýbel’s Estampie Natalis (“Birth Dance”) amongst new and old favorites, including Gustav Holst’s Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, J. David Moore’s Annua Gaudia, Peter Warlock’s Bethlehem Down, and James MacMillan’s O Radiant Dawn.

A mix of time-honored carols, hymns and anthems and a spirited audience sing-along with Maestro Colohan will put you in a holiday mood.

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Paris to London

Paris to London

The National Presbyterian Church
March 3, 2019 5 PM

The Washington Master Chorale’s 2018/2019 season closes with a journey between two of the capitals of western art music. From Paris, excerpts Maurice Duruflé’s monumental Requiem and works by many of his contemporaries and successors including Gabriel Fauré, Lili Boulanger, and Francis Poulenc. After intermission the Chorale presents Ralph Vaughan Williams’ In Windsor Forest (with music taken from his opera Sir John In Love, based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor) and music by Philip Wilby and John Clements. The Washington Master Chorale is thrilled to be joined by the Children’s Chorus of Washington for this program.

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