Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Hail, Gladdening Light: Choral Works from the British Isles
On Sunday, October 30 2016, at the historic Church of the Epiphany, Washington, D.C., the Chorale will present “Hail, Gladdening Light,” a program of sacred and secular works by Chorale favorites Benjamin Britten (Ballad of Lady Barnard and Little Musgrave), Ralph Vaughan Williams (O Mistress Mine and The Cloud-Capp’d Towers), Gustav Holst (choral hymns from the Rig Veda), Herbert Howells (Requiem and Magnificat), and Charles Wood (Hail Gladdening Light). Reflective of its commitment to perform culturally diverse music and texts, the source material for the program includes poems by the 5th century Hindu poet Kalidasa, and choral hymns translated by Holst from the Rigveda, one of the oldest extant texts in any Indo-European language, most likely composed between c. 1500–1200 BC. Additional works on the program include Two Eastern Pictures (Gustav Holst), O Trinity Most Blessed Light (C. Kenneth Turner), and If Ye Love Me (Thomas Tallis).
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Comfort and Joy: Christmas with the Washington Master Chorale
On Sunday, December 18, 2016 the Washington Master Chorale ushers in the season with “Comfort and Joy,” a spirited program of sacred motets, anthems and carols from both sides of the Atlantic. You can look forward to hearing Chorale favorites Arvo Part (Magnificat and O Weisheit), Felix Mendelssohn (Am Neujahrstage and Weihnachten), Paul Manz, (E’en So Lord Jesus), Pavel Chesnokov (Spasyenie Sodelal), Sergei Rachmaninoff (Bogoroditse Devo), Samuel Barber (Sure On This Shining Night) and David Willcocks’s lively arrangements of classic carols, among others. The sacred space of the historic Church of the Epiphany is the perfect accompaniment for a joyful afternoon of merry organ, brass and hundreds of voices lifted in exultant song.
O Radiant Dawn James MacMillan
O beatum et sacrosanctum diem Peter Philips
Away in a Manger Reginald Jacques
There is No Rose Ronald Center
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Time and Memory
On March 5, 2017, the Chorale will present “Time and Memory,” a meditation on the theme of nostalgia expressed in both poetry and music. The centerpiece of the concert will be the world premiere of a work for chorus and chamber ensemble by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Jennifer Higdon. The concert will also feature John Corigliano’s Fern Hill, from a poem by Dylan Thomas; Tarik O’Regan’s Triptych, a memento mori for chorus and strings; Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24, on texts by James Agee; Time Pieces, by Stephen Chatman including the cacophonous Clocks inspired by the composer’s Grandfather clock; and Imant Raminsh’s Songs of Lights, based on Native American texts. The concert will be performed at the National Presbyterian Church. There will be a 4:00 p.m. pre-concert lecture with Maestro Colohan and Higdon on the creative process.