A Capitol Fourth


Monday, July 4, 2022 | 8:00 pm ET
Live Broadcast and Streaming through PBS

Mickey Guyton, host
Presented by PBS



On July Fourth, A Capitol Fourth, America’s National Independence Day celebration, honors our country’s birthday with an all-star salute. For over 40 years, this television event, featuring a parade of superstars — including Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, John Williams, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Reba McEntire, Carole King, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Gloria Estefan, Huey Lewis and the News, Little Richard, Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Ray Charles, the Bee Gees, Kenny G, Aaron Neville, Kenny Rogers and the Muppets from Sesame Street — has offered the best in American entertainment and helped set the tone for a spectacular American birthday party.

FEATURED ARTISTS:

Mickey Guyton, host
Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus & Youth Choir under the direction of Brandon Straub



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Origins of An African American Requiem

With Damien Geter, composer of An African American Requiem and featured artists


Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | 3:00 pm
Langston Room at Busboys and Poets | 2021 14th St NW



Earlier this week, the featured artists for Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem joined us at Busboys and Poets for a discussion about the works on the program including musical examples and Q&A with the audience.

We are so grateful to these wonderful performers for sharing their personal experiences as musicians and what An African American Requiem means to them.

FEATURED GUESTS

Scott Tucker, Choral Arts Artistic Director
Nolan Williams, Jr., guest conductor and composer
Damien Geter, composer
Jacqueline Echols, soprano
Karmesha Peake, mezzo soprano
Norman Shankle, tenor
Kenneth Overton, baritone
Wei-han Wu, piano

TIMING
60 minutes

ABOUT THE REQUIEM

Combining traditional Latin Requiem texts with civil rights declarations, poetry, and the famous last words of Eric Garner, “I can’t breathe,” this performance will honor past and present victims of racial violence and spur reflection on how to build a more hopeful future.



This event will take place in person and be streamed to Choral Arts’ Facebook Page. Tickets for the in-person event will reserve your seat until 5 minutes before the event starts.


All programs, artists, dates, times, and content are subject to change.



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Community Listening Experience

Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem


Saturday, May 7, 2022 | 9:00 pm
Virtual Concert Hall



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Tickets are free with registration and required to access the group discussion.




Ahead of the east-coast premiere of An African American Requiem, composer Damien Geter’s bold, thought-provoking musical response to violence against African Americans in the United States, audiences have a rare opportunity to hear the work ahead of the concert.

Tune in to the live broadcast of the premiere on WQXR NYC or Portland All Classical to listen and join Choral Arts on Zoom to engage with Choral Arts singers and patrons as we share the experience of hearing this work together.

Listening Party ticket holders will receive a special offer to attend the east-coast premiere live at the Kennedy Center on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 7:00 pm.

ABOUT THE REQUIEM

Combining traditional Latin Requiem texts with civil rights declarations, poetry, and the famous last words of Eric Garner, “I can’t breathe,” this performance will honor past and present victims of racial violence and spur reflection on how to build a more hopeful future.

PROGRAM

Damien Geter: An African American Requiem (World premiere)
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FEATURED ARTISTS

William Eddins, Conductor

The African American Requiem Choir, featuring Resonance Ensemble, Kingdom Sound Gospel Ensemble, and members of regional choirs
Katherine FitzGibbon, Chorusmaster

Brandie Sutton, Soprano
Karmesha Peake, Mezzo-Soprano
Bernard Holcomb, Tenor
Kenneth Overton, Baritone
Renee Mitchell, Poet and Narrator
Oregon Symphony

PERFORMANCE TIMING
60 minutes



This is an online only event. Attendees will listen live on their personal devices and share the experience in the Virtual Zoom session through the chat.


All programs, artists, dates, times, and content are subject to change.



The United State Air Foce Band Guest Artist Series April 28 at 7:30 Live Concert featuring composer and conductor Eric Whitacre


Guest Artist Series featuring Eric Whitacre

Free Performance


Thursday, April 28, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center

Presented by The United States Air Force Band
Col Don Schofield, commander and conductor
Eric Whitacre, conductor



TICKETS

Tickets are free with reservation.




Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular musicians of his generation. His concert music has been performed throughout the world by millions of amateur and professional musicians alike, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 145 different countries. www.ericwhitacre.com

This concert will feature the Concert Band, Singing Sergeants, Air Force Strings and a special appearance by The Choral Arts Society of Washington Youth Choir.

Presented by The United States Air Force Band, Singing Sergeants, and Air Force Strings

FEATURED PERFORMERS
Eric Whitacre, conductor
The United States Air Force Band
Singing Sergeants
Air Force Strings
Col Don Schofield, commander and conductor
The Choral Arts Youth Choir



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The Choral Arts society of Washington gratefully acknowledges its season sponsors:



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The Depth of Joy

A Night of Brahms Celebrating Scott Tucker’s 10th Season


Archival Broadcast of the Livestream
Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Washington National Cathedral

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Choral Arts celebrated Scott Tucker’s 10th Season and final performance as Artistic Director with treasured works by Johannes Brahms. Through his skillful connection to the human voice, Brahms’s melodies communicate both profound longing and blissful serenity. Maestro Tucker’s selections span the breadth of Brahms’s career creating a gratifying experience for performers and listeners alike.

THE PROGRAM
Johannes Brahms
Geistliches Lied, op. 30
“Schaffe in mir, Gott” from Zwei Motetten, op. 29
Vier Gesänge, op. 17
Alto Rhapsody, op. 53
Vier Quartette, op. 92
Nänie, op. 82

FEATURED PERFORMERS
Scott Tucker, conductor
Olivia Vote, soloist
Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus
Choral Arts Chamber Singers
Choral Arts Orchestra

PERFORMANCE TIMING AND INFO
75 minutes, no intermission

Parking will be free in the Cathedral garage

This performance is generously supported by Suzanne S. Brock

The orchestra and Ms. Vote’s appearances are made possible by Karen L. Florini and Neil R. Ericsson.



ALL attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket including children who will sit in a lap.

Face masks are required for audience members while inside the venue. 

 Visit ChoralArts.org/Health for details and updates on COVID protocols.

By purchasing tickets you accept the risk of attending a live performance.


To learn more about supporting our season journey, email JoinUs@ChoralArts.org.

The Choral Arts society of Washington gratefully acknowledges its season sponsors:



All programs, artists, dates, times, and content are subject to change.





Spring 2022 Ticket Packages

Access $25 and $45 orchestra seats through April 15, 2022


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Awaken your world with a Spring 2022 Ticket Package. Order your choice of our three spring experiences as a ticket package holder and access $25 and $45 seats through April 15, 2022.

Spring Experiences

You’ll also enjoy…

  • Free and complimentary exchanges within the 2021-22 Season
  • Early access to additional tickets
  • 10% discount on additional tickets to Choral Arts performances this season
  • Reduced fees on your first package order

Spring offer for $25 and $45 seats is only available through the Choral Box Office and ends on April 15, 2022. Minimum of two experiences. Not available on previously purchased tickets.


Venue Safety

We’re working with our partner venues to ensure a safe and transformative experience. Click here to learn more about vaccination and mask requirements for our performances.



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The Choral Arts society of Washington gratefully acknowledges its season sponsors:



All programs, artists, dates, times, and content are subject to change.





2021 Silent Auction


Closes December 20, 2021 at 11:00 pm ET
Online Silent Auction


We are thrilled to have online bidding for the 2021 Choral Arts Silent Auction! Our online auction is available to anyone, which means you do not have to attend the 41st Annual Holiday Concert and Gala to bid or to win.
Visit https://one.bidpal.net/choralarts/browse/all to view the auction catalog and place bids on your favorite items.
This year’s auction features:
  • Irish delights including whiskey, waterford, textiles, and more
  • Luxury travel experiences with a 3-year travel window courtesy of AmFund
  • Award-winning wines and spirits, original fine art and photography, gorgeous jewelry, delicious restaurants, unique experiences, plus many other surprises
  • New items will be added daily
Bid from your phone! Text choralarts to 243725. You’ll receive text notifications about auction updates including your bid status! Follow the prompts to add your credit card number for easy check out.




The 2021 Choral Arts Silent Auction closes Monday, December 20, 2021 at 11:00 pm ET. Winners who are not attending the gala may pick up their items at the Choral Arts office in Dupont Circle December 21-23, 2021 or after January 3, 2022. Shipping is not available.


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The Choral Arts society of Washington gratefully acknowledges its season sponsors:



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The Wonder of the Human Voice


Saturday, October 30, 2021 | 7:00 pm
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center

Our return to live performance!



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The Choral Arts Society of Washington‘s Symphonic Chorus celebrates their return to live performance with a concert showcasing the power of connection through the human voice. In this a cappella concert, the unaccompanied voices of the Symphonic Chorus will reverberate in the chambers of the heart, enveloping us in waves of sound that change us from within.

Renowned mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop joins the chorus for Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning, originally scheduled for our May 2020 program.

THE PROGRAM:
Alberto Ginastera: Lamentations of Jeremiah
Anton Bruckner: Os Justi and Locus Iste
Sergei Rachmaninoff: 3 movements from All-Night Vigil
Gabriel Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Maurice Duruflé: Ubi Caritas
Arr. Moses Hogan: My Soul’s Been Anchored
Lela Anderson: Give Me Jesus
R. Nathaniel Dett: Ave Maria and Listen to the Lambs
Aaron Copland: In the Beginning

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Scott Tucker, conductor
Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano
Brandon Straub, piano
Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus

PERFORMANCE TIMING:
105 minutes including a 15 minute intermission.




To keep you safe, we are requiring masks to be worn inside our venues at all times. Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test taken less than 72 hours before the performance are required. Visit ChoralArts.org/Health for details and updates on COVID protocols.

By purchasing tickets you accept the risk of attending a live performance.


To learn more about supporting our season journey, email JoinUs@ChoralArts.org.

The Choral Arts society of Washington gratefully acknowledges its season sponsors:



All programs, artists, dates, times, and content are subject to change.





A Family Christmas


Saturday, December 18, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Friday, December 24, 2021 | 11:00 am
Kennedy Center Concert Hall



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Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills the concert hall with holiday classics just for them! We’ll take you on a merry tour of Christmas favorites that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph! This one-hour concert is perfect for children ages 5 and up.

THE PROGRAM

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Eddie Pola & George Wyle; arr. Hawley Ades
“White Christmas” Irving Berlin; arr. Roy Ringwald
“Feliz Navidad” José Feliciano
“Let It Go” Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez; arr. Mac Huff
“To Stop the Train” Traditional
“Mashed Potato” Traditional
“Jingle, Bells” J. Pierpont; arr. David Willcocks
“Jingle Bell Rock” Joe Beal & Jim Boothe; arr. Tina Chinn
Rudolph Pokey Traditional
“S-A-N-T-A” Traditional
“Here Comes Santa Claus” Gene Autry & Oakley Haldeman; arr. Kirby Shaw
“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” Albert Hague; arr. Jeff Funk
“The Twelve Days of Christmas” Traditional; arr. John Rutter
“Joy to the World” Traditional; arr. G. F. Handel with the Mini-Maestro
Seasonal Sounds Traditional; arr. Randol Alan Bass

FEATURED PERFORMERS
Scott Tucker, conductor
Brandon Straub, accompanist
Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus
Choral Arts Brass Ensemble
…and special guests!

PERFORMANCE TIMING
60 minutes, no intermission



ALL attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket including children who will sit in a lap.

To keep everyone safe masks are required for attendees ages 2+.

ALL attendees, regardless of age, must provide either proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours prior to attending an indoor performance, or proof of a professionally administered COVID-19 Antigen test conducted no more than 6 hours prior to attending an indoor performance. Visit ChoralArts.org/Health for details and updates on COVID protocols.

By purchasing tickets you accept the risk of attending a live performance.


To learn more about supporting our season journey, email JoinUs@ChoralArts.org.

The Choral Arts society of Washington gratefully acknowledges its season sponsors:



All programs, artists, dates, times, and content are subject to change.





Christmas Music: A Christmas Concert with Choral Arts


Monday, December 20, 2021 | 7:00 pm
Friday, December 24, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall



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Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Choral Arts, encompassed in a warm glow of sound. The radiant voices of the Chorus return to the Kennedy Center accompanied by the lush sound of a full orchestra and soprano soloist Esther Heideman. Awaken your world with the joyous sounds of the season.

THE PROGRAM

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” Traditional; arr. Brandon Straub
“And the Glory of the Lord” from Messiah G. F. Handel
“What Sweeter Music” John Rutter
Gloria in Excelsis Deo* Paul Leavitt
“Gloria” from Nelson Mass Joseph Haydn
“That Night in Bethlehem” Traditional Irish Carol
Wexford Carol Traditional; arr. John Rutter
Gaudete Traditional; arr. Michael McGlynn
A Vaughan Williams Christmas Traditional; arr. Douglas Wagner
“Rise Up Shepherd” Traditional: arr. Kile Smith
“Song for Snow” Florence Price
Ave Maria R. Nathaniel Dett
Ave Maria Franz Biebl
Christmas Day ** Gustav Holst
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”** Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane; arr. Molly Ijames
“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” Traditional; arr. David Willcocks
“Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah G. F. Handel
“Sing We Now of Christmas” Traditional; arr. John Leavitt
“Deck the Halls” Traditional; arr. Charles Perryman
“Silent Night” Franz Gruber
“O Come All Ye Faithful” Traditional; arr. David Willcocks

*World Premiere
** Youth Choir Selections

FEATURED PERFORMERS
Scott Tucker, conductor
Brandon Straub, conductor
Esther Heideman, soprano
Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus
Choral Arts Youth Choir
Choral Arts Orchestra

PERFORMANCE TIMING
90 minutes, no intermission



ALL attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket including children who will sit in a lap.

To keep everyone safe masks are required for attendees ages 2+.

ALL attendees, regardless of age, must provide either proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours prior to attending an indoor performance, or proof of a professionally administered COVID-19 Antigen test conducted no more than 6 hours prior to attending an indoor performance. Visit ChoralArts.org/Health for details and updates on COVID protocols.

By purchasing tickets you accept the risk of attending a live performance.


To learn more about supporting our season journey, email JoinUs@ChoralArts.org.

The Choral Arts society of Washington gratefully acknowledges its season sponsors:



All programs, artists, dates, times, and content are subject to change.