Washington, DC, September 8, 2010
The National Master Chorale will open its second season with a performance of Romantic Classics on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at The National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.
For its 2010-2011 season, the National Master Chorale will explore the foundations of the American choral tradition by focusing on the rich sounds of the Romantic era and the legacy provided by the British Choral Revival. Much of the American choral tradition’s sound and influences can be traced to the composers of these two remarkable periods.
In the October Romantic Classics concert, the Chorale will present the rich, lush a cappella and accompanied masterpieces of Rheinberger, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Bruckner and Brahms. A highlight of the afternoon will be the performance of Brahms’s spirited Zigeunerlieder. On October 31, this concert will be repeated in McLean, VA, at Saint Luke Catholic Church as part of their esteemed “Music in McLean” series.
“Rheinberger’s Cantus Missae, his only a cappella double chorus mass, is gorgeous and not often heard in a concert setting,” said Colohan. “Brahms’ entertaining Zigeunerlieder are akin to his better known Liebeslieder Waltzes and are equally gratifying. Brahms’ himself referred to these delightful works as ‘Hungarian dances for voices.'”
On Sunday, March 20, 2011, also at The National Presbyterian Church, the Chorale will present the genius of the British Choral Revival in a concert featuring the works of composers Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams, among others. Highlights include Britten’s remarkable Ballad of Little Musgrave and Vaughan Williams’s delightfully secular cantata In Windsor Forest.
Founded in October 2009, the Washington, D.C., area-based National Master Chorale is an 80-voice professional chorus whose mission is to advance American choral excellence by combining professional artistry with the beauty of architecture and the written word.