We opened our 5th season with a tribute to the celebrated American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Appearing as special guests on the program were the Children’s Chorus of Washington and NPR’s Nina Totenberg. The concert included both beloved and rarely heard choral works by Bernstein, including his 1946 Hashkiveinu for chorus and organ, the French and Latin Choruses from The Lark with narration by Ms. Totenberg, and his 1989 Missa Brevis, based on those choruses. We also presented excerpts from Candide and his Mass of 1971. In this our anniversary year, we marked the 50th Anniversary of the Chichester Psalms, Bernstein’s 1965 choral masterpiece in the setting for organ, harp, and percussion.
A pre-concert discussion was held at 3:00pm, moderated by Mark Eden Horowitz, Senior Music Specialist and Curator of the Leonard Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress. He was joined by Norman Scribner, Founder and Artistic Conductor Emeritus of the Choral Arts Society of Washington; Michael Slon, Director of Choral Programs at the University of Virginia; and, Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, Author of “Leonard Bernstein and his Young People’s Concerts.”
Reproductions of holdings from the Library’s extensive Leonard Bernstein Collection were on display, including facsimiles of original manuscripts, photographs, and letters.
The concert was reviewed by Anne Midgette of The Washington Post on October 6 <read the review online>
On Sunday, December 14 and Monday, December 22, the Chorale will present its winter concerts at the historic National City Christian Church. “Peace and Grace” will explore the relationship between peace within oneself and the pursuit of peace in the global community. The concerts will feature Kirke Mechem’s moving anthem to global peace Island in Space and the world premiere of a new Gloria by composer Scott Humburg. The programs will also include time-honored carols and anthems including Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria, selections from Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Hodie and other seasonal works.
Rachmaninoff Vespers at 100
Celebrate with us as the Washington Master Chorale marks the 100th Anniversary of the world premiere of the Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil, Op. 37. The Chorale will perform this luminous and spiritual sixty-five minute without intermission. Don’t miss this spiritual masterpiece of choral literature in two of the best acoustical settings in Washington. The concert will also feature scholars and special guests in a pre-concert conversation.