2019-2020 Season

Barn, Photo by DIane Kresh
THE PROMISE OF LIVING
Oct. 27, 2019 at 5 PM
Angel on a Barn, Photo by Diane Kresh
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHORALE
Dec. 22, 2019 at 5 PM

POETRY INTO SONG
April 19, 2020 at 5 PM

On February 28, 2010, the Washington Master Chorale stepped onto the risers at The National Presbyterian Church for the first time and presented a program of 20th century choral works based on themes of transition and transformation. As we prepare to embark on our 10th season, we note with pride that we have remained true to our mission to: advance American choral excellence through vocal artistry, contribute to the choral canon through the commissioning of leading composers and present choral works in the context of their culture and time.

Our 2019-2020 season features the hallmarks of what has made us one of Washington’s premier ensembles: a generous mix of pieces the Chorale has made its own by masters of the choral form including Samuel Barber, Moses Hogan, Alice Parker, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, rediscovered repertoire, and new works by Henry Dehlinger and David Conte that are destined to become choral classics.

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Thank you for keeping us “a sound worth hearing.” The past 10 years have been exhilarating.  We are looking forward to sharing ten more with you.

Photo credits: Diane Kresh; Library of Congress (Elizabeth Bishop)

The Promise of Living

Barn, Photo by DIane Kresh

The Church of the Epiphany
Washington, DC
October 27, 2019 at 5 PM

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The Washington Master Chorale opens its 10th season as a performing ensemble in the historic Church of the Epiphany with a rich program of a cappella concert spirituals, choral art songs, and well-crafted arrangements of early American folk songs and hymns. The concert will feature works by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Stephen Chatman, Moses Hogan, Kirke Mechem, Alice Parker, Stephen Paulus, and others. A highlight of the concert will be the world premiere of a new choral cycle by composer Henry Dehlinger based on the poetry of Irish poet James Joyce (1882-1941). Photo credit: Diane Kresh.

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Christmas with the Chorale

Angel on a Barn, Photo by Diane Kresh

The Church of the Epiphany
Washington, DC
December 22, 2018 at 5 PM

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Our December program will reprise our favorite songs of the season, time-burnished gems that that will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit. The concert will ring out the old, ring in the new, and close with a contemplative candlelight rendering of “Silent Night.” Trumpets, merry organ, high spirits, and bright voices – yours and ours – will join as one for a delightful and joyful afternoon. Photo credit: Diane Kresh.

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Poetry Into Song

Elizabeth Bishop

The Church of the Epiphany
Washington, DC
April 19, 2019 5 PM

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We conclude our concert season with a landmark event, the world premiere of a major new work by renowned composer David Conte for SATB chorus, mezzo soloist, piano and chamber orchestra on texts of the preeminent American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Bishop is one of the most important poets of the 20th Century. She was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a position now known as the Poet Laureate), a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner and a gifted teacher. Conte will attend the premiere and participate in a pre-concert talk moderated by the Poet Laureate of California, Dana Gioia. Gioia was both a student of Bishop and the moderator at the Chorale’s inaugural concert in February 2010. The concert will also feature Ralph Vaughan Williams’s stunning masterpiece Dona Nobis Pacem based on Walt Whitman poems and texts from the Bible in a masterful orchestration by David Rathbone. The pre-concert lecture will be free and open to the public. Photo credit: Library of Congress.

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