Choral Arts hits the mark with a serious Rossini

The Washington Post | May 20, 2018

“The worlds of opera and sacred music collided in the best possible way Saturday afternoon at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall during the Choral Arts Society of Washington’s season finale. Under guest conductor Antony Walker’s baton, the 158-member chorus and 51-piece orchestra plumbed the depths of a liturgical work and highlighted an assortment of bel canto arias with bravura, gravitas and dynamism.” -Grace Jean

Walker draws superb performances from Choral Arts Society to close season

Washington Classical Review | May 20, 2018

“Washington’s multiple large choruses tend to perform a circumscribed set of blockbuster works year after year. How refreshing, then, was Saturday’s concert by the Choral Arts Society of Washington at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. With guest conductor Antony Walker and four distinguished soloists, this large volunteer chorus gave stellar performances of Rossini’s Stabat mater, a work that deserves more hearings than it gets.” – Charles T. Downey

Weekend Round Up May 17, 2018

The Georgetowner | May 17, 2018

Gioachino Rossini: Stabat Mater

“The Choral Arts Society of Washington welcomes conductor Antony Walker of Washington Concert Opera to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to conduct Rossini’s Stabat Mater and a selection of classic opera moments on Saturday, May 19, at 3 p.m. Among the featured performers will be Sarah Coburn, Olivia Vote, Jack Swanson and David Leigh. Tickets are $15 to $59. For details, visit or call 800-444-1324.” -Richard Selden

Artists Series ‘Showtime!’ will showcase movie music on Mother’s Day

Herald-Tribune | May 6, 2018

Leonard Bernstein Shaped American Music. Here’s How to Celebrate Him Around D.C.

The Washington Post | May 2, 2018

‘Bernstein at 100: A Celebration,’ Wolf Trap, July 27

A summer festival is a natural place to celebrate Bernstein: Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer venue, was his lifelong second home (and it will have its own Bernstein centennial commemorations this summer). Wolf Trap and the NSO offer a fittingly large-scale tribute that includes the ballerina Misty Copeland and the saxophonist and clarinetistPaquito d’Rivera as well as members of the Wolf Trap Opera and Choral Arts. The program features everything from “Chichester Psalms” to “West Side Story,” and the conductor is Michael Barrett, who was long Bernstein’s assistant and has his own Bernstein stories to tell. -Anne Midgette

Acclaimed Los Angeles Philharmonic fails to live up to its hype

The Washington Post | April 27, 2018

“The Los Angeles Philharmonic is heralded as one of the great success stories in a struggling field. It raises a lot of money; it has a popular star music director, Gustavo Dudamel; and it performs a lot of interesting, unusual repertory.” – Anne Midgette

Weekend Round Up April 19, 2018

The Georgetowner| April 19, 2018

2018 Richard Tucker Award Goes To Christian Van Horn

Broadway World | April 9, 2018

“Three 2018 Richard Tucker Career Grants of $10,000 each, awarded to young singers who have already performed with professional companies, go to Andrea Carroll, Samantha Hankey, and Jack Swanson. 2018 Sara Tucker Study Grants of $5,000 apiece go to seven young singers displaying great promise at the start of their professional careers, namely Eric Ferring, Theo Hoffman, David Leigh, Brian Michael Moore, Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, Zoie Reams, and Kyle van Schoonhoven. The winners of the study and career grants were chosen by the panel after auditions held last week at New York’s 92nd Street Y, thanks to the generous support of the Agnes Varis Trust…As the recipient of a 2017 Sara Tucker Study Grant, tenor Jack Swanson (26) is one of the few young singers to receive the foundation’s Study and Career Grants in consecutive years. On the heels of two milestone debuts – at Los Angeles Opera as Candide and at Glyndebourne as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia – he now looks forward to engagements as Almaviva at Kansas City Opera, in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and as… ” – Opera News Desk

Breakfast With Scott Tucker of Choral Arts, May 3

The Georgetowner | April 9, 2018

Noseda leads NSO in a Verdi Requiem of fire and fury

Washington Classical Review| March 22, 2018

“Refined” – Charles Downey