The 2013-2014 concert season will begin on October 20 with a contemplative program featuring the Mass in G Minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams, along with a pioneering American masterpiece of the 20th century, Charles Ives’ Psalm 90 for organ and chorus. “Wisdom and Eternity” will also include excerpts from Heitor Villa-Lobos’ rarely performed Bendita Sabedoria, a six-movement suite for a cappella chorus, as well as Vaughan Williams’ own magnificent Psalm 90.
In December the Chorale will present works for winter and the holidays, including Poulenc’s hauntingly beautiful Soir de Neige, written in 1944, and Herbert Howells’ brilliant carol-anthem Long, Long Ago, written in 1950. “A Winter’s Night” will also feature debut performances by the Chorale’s new assistant conductors, Rachel Carlson and C. Paul Heins, our annual carol sing-along, and the world premiere of a new six-movement Christmas work for harp and chorus by composer and conductor Donald McCullough.
The Chorale returns to The National Presbyterian Church on March 2, 2014, presenting “Perpetual Light,” a meditation on death and eternity. Thematically, all works presented are connected by the comforting notion of a peaceable afterlife of eternal rest. Yet the music and texts can be also be understood secularly as timeless connections between music and humanity. The centerpiece of the concert is Maurice Duruflé’s 1948 masterpiece, Requiem Op. 9, featuring organist, Paul Skevington and mezzo-soprano soloists, Melissa Kornacki.
In June 2014, the Washington Master Chorale will be a featured performing ensemble for Voices of Our Nation — a week-long celebration of America’s choral tradition.
“Given the high level of quality of choruses to choose from in Washington and Chorus America’s rigorous standards, it is an honor to be selected as a featured ensemble for the 2014 conference. We look forward to sharing our passion for choral art with our friends and colleagues in the profession,” said Thomas Colohan, WMC’s Artistic Director.
During this festival — a partnership between Chorus America and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts—the Chorale will additionally perform in the “kick-off” event on June 9 (which will be held at a variety of venues throughout the city) and the festival’s culminating concert on June 14. Learn more about Voices of Our Nation »