We open our 5th season with a multimedia tribute to the celebrated American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Appearing as special guests on the program will be the Children’s Chorus of Washington. The concert will include 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, and his 1989 Missa Brevis, based on those choruses. We will also present excerpts from Candide and his Mass of 1971. In this our anniversary year, we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Chichester Psalms, his 1965 choral masterpiece in the setting for organ harp and percussion.
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The concert will feature a pre-concert talk with Mark Horowitz, curator of the Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress and Norman Scribner, Founder and Artistic Conductor Emeritus of the Choral Arts Society. Reproductions of holdings from the Library’s extensive Bernstein Collection will be on display, including facsimiles of original manuscripts, photographs and letters in the hand of the composer. The concert will also include the voice of Bernstein himself in a brief audio excerpt from his famous Harvard Norton Lecture series delivered in 1973.
Holiday Concerts in December
On Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, 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.