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2016-17 Season

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

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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

Comfort and JoyOn 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
O Tannenbaum 

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

Time and Memory

Time and MemoryOn 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.