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.

Tickets for the full season of performances are available via InstantSeats.

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 with a rich program of American vocal music. Joined by guest vocalists Marlissa Hudson and Kevin Johnson, and keyboard artist Jonathan King, the concert will feature African American spirituals, choral art songs, and well-crafted arrangements of early folk songs and hymns, including works by Samuel Barber, H.T. Burleigh, Aaron Copland, William Dawson, Moses Hogan, Alice Parker, Stephen Paulus, Kevin Siegfried, and more. A highlight of the concert will be the world premiere of a new choral cycle by composer Henry Dehlinger based on the poetry of James Joyce. Chorale favorites Laura Choi Stuart, Spencer Adamson, and Zsolt Balogh are also featured soloists on the program.

Come early and hear a discussion of African American spirituals in the classical repertoire with Dr. Lourin Plant, professor of vocal music at Rowan University and Stanley J. Thurston, founding director of the Heritage Signature Chorale. Maestro Colohan will moderate the pre-concert program beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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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, 2019 at 5 PM

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Our December program reprises our favorite songs of the season, time-burnished gems 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, 2020 at 5 PM

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We conclude our 10th season with a landmark event, the world premiere of The Unknown Sea, by renowned composer David Conte. Composed for mezzo soloist, SATB chorus, piano and chamber orchestra, the piece is based on the texts of preeminent American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Bishop is one of the most celebrated poets of the 20th Century. A “poet’s poet,” she was the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a position now known as the nation’s 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 conversation led by former 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 Unknown Sea will be paired with Ralph Vaughan Williams’s masterful cantata, Dona Nobis Pacem based on Walt Whitman’s poems and texts from the Bible, and re-orchestrated by British composer and conductor Jonathan Rathbone. The pre-concert event will be free and open to the public and will begin at 4:00pm. Photo credit: Library of Congress.

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