Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez conducts with an emotional expression on his face. He wears all black and holding a baton above his head in a concert hall.


Día de los Muertos: Featuring the world premiere of Jorge Vidales’ Cantos de Requiem


The Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre

Guest appearance with the New Orchestra of Washington
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, conductor



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Celebrate the Mexican holiday, el día de los muertos, the day of the dead, with a concert dedicated to music by Mexican composers, conducted by NOW’s Artistic Director, Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico. This celebratory and festive program includes the world premiere of Cantos de Requiem by Jorge Vidales, co-commissioned by the New Orchestra of Washington and the Choral Arts Society of Washington.

On Día de los Muertos, observed at the beginning of November, families celebrate and honor their relatives who have passed on. They build a special altar, an ofrenda, decorated with marigolds to encourage the spirits of the dead to return. Families share meals together, attend celebrations and parades in town, and visit the gravesites of their departed loved ones.

Through this concert, NOW and Choral Arts celebrate the circle of life and the rich culture of Mexico.

THE PROGRAM:

Jose Pablo Moncayo: Huapango
Jorge Vidales: Cantos de Requiem, World Premiere
Commissioned by the New Orchestra of Washington and the Choral Arts Society of Washington
Silvestre Revuelta: Redes, Original Concert Version
Arturo Márquez: De Sol a Sol
Márquez: Danzón No. 2

FEATURED ARTISTS:

New Orchestra of Washington
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, conductor
Choral Arts Chamber Singers, Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan, Artistic Director



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

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


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



In a dark room, light seeps in through a foggy window with a book and leafy plant perched on the sill.


Eric Whitacre’s The Sacred Veil

Live! at 10th & G


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What if our departed loved ones are not truly gone, but are closer than we think? How can we mourn those we have lost while still moving forward? We have all experienced the loss, in one way or another, of someone or something we have loved deeply. How do we know when it’s time to move forward?

The most recent collaboration between Eric Whitacre and poet/lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri, The Sacred Veil tells an intimate story of life, love and loss. Silvestri’s wife, Julie, died of ovarian cancer at age 36 in 2005, leaving two young children. Including texts from Silvestri, Whitacre, and Julie herself, the intimate, compelling score tells a story of courtship, love, loss, and the search for solace. Although inspired by this extraordinary and moving friendship, the piece does not mention Julie by name and shares a very human journey –one that so many of us can relate to.

THE PROGRAM:

Eric Whitacre: The Sacred Veil
1. The Veil Opens
2. In a Dark and Distant Year
3. Home
4. Magnetic Poetry
5. Whenever There Is Birth
6. I’m Afraid
7. I Am Here
8. Delicious Times
9. One Last Breath
10. Dear Friends
11. You Rise, I Fall
12. Child of Wonder

FEATURED ARTISTS:

Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan, conductor
Chamber Singers

PERFORMANCE TIMING:

60 minutes, no intermission.



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



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ALL attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket including children who will sit in a lap. By purchasing tickets, you accept the risk of attending a live performance. All programs, artists, dates, times, and content are subject to change.





Living the Dream…Singing the Dream

35th Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Co-presented with Washington Performing Arts



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The long-running, ever-popular tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to the Kennedy Center as the combined choirs of Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs and Choral Arts celebrate the power of music, collaboration, and the human spirit. The program transcends race, age, and gender to unite all who honor Dr. King’s ideals with songs that unite our spirits.

Choral Arts will present the 2023 Humanitarian Award to an individual who shows incredible leadership through their dedication to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recent recipients include LaTosha Brown (2022) and Sherrilyn Ifill (2020).

Click here to learn more about the Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and hear speeches by past Humanitarian Award Recipients.

FEATURED ARTISTS:

Ralph Alan Herndon, soloist

Washington Performing Arts Men, Women, and Children of the Gospel
Michele Fowlin, Artistic Director
Theodore Thorpe III, Artistic Director

The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan, Artistic Director

PERFORMANCE TIMING:

90 minutes, no intermission



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



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ALL attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket including children who will sit in a lap. By purchasing tickets, you accept the risk of attending a live performance. All programs, artists, dates, times, and content are subject to change.



Pale colored concrete with a ragged crack gives way to an English rose, flourishing despite the conditions where is grows and boldly becoming the beautiful flower it is meant to be.


Boldly Becoming

Haydn’s Mass for Troubled Times | Price’s Song of Hope | DiOrio’s Solaris
The Kennedy Center Concert Hall


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Explore the beauty that flourishes when we reject preconceived notions. Artistic Director Jace Saplan has chosen three works that illuminate how we navigate the inner workings of being present (DiOrio’s Solaris), the importance of self-determination and tenacious hope (Price’s Song of Hope), and what is possible when we choose ourselves and our authenticity, regardless of societal pressure (Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass).

THE PROGRAM:

Dominick DiOrio: Solaris
Florence Price: Song of Hope
Joseph Haydn: Missa in Angustiis(Mass for Troubled Times) “Lord Nelson Mass”

FEATURED ARTISTS:

Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan, conductor
Symphonic Chorus
Choral Arts Orchestra

PERFORMANCE TIMING:

First Half: 45 minutes | Intermission: 15 minutes | Second Half: 45 minutes



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



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ALL attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket including children who will sit in a lap. By purchasing tickets, you accept the risk of attending a live performance. All programs, artists, dates, times, and content are subject to change.



Festive red, orange, and yellow paper stars with intricate cut outs are hung in anticipation of an exciting holiday event.


O Night Divine! Christmas Music with Choral Arts

The Kennedy Center Concert Hall


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Embrace the magic of the Christmas season from the sheer excitement of a morning in community with one another to the snowy lilts of a lullaby. The radiant voices of the Chorus accompanied by the lush sound of a full orchestra and bass-baritone soloist Carl DuPont capture the serene and the joyous with the season’s vibrant treasure-trove of winter carols and Christmas classics at the Kennedy Center. 

THE PROGRAM:

The music for this concert will be announced this fall.

FEATURED ARTISTS:

Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan, conductor
Brandon Straub, conductor
Carl DuPont, bass-baritone
Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus
Choral Arts Youth Choir
Choral Arts Orchestra

PERFORMANCE TIMING:

90 minutes, no intermission



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



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

ALL attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket including children who will sit in a lap. By purchasing tickets, you accept the risk of attending a live performance. All programs, artists, dates, times, and content are subject to change.



Photo of red and white candy canes piled so high you cannot see the surface below. A Family Christmas is a sweet and exciting experience for children.


A Family Christmas

For the Young & Young at Heart

The Kennedy Center Concert Hall


With special guests Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph!



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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:

The music for this concert will be announced in the fall.

FEATURED ARTISTS:

Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan, conductor
Brandon Straub, accompanist
Carl DuPont, soloist
Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus
Choral Arts Brass Ensemble
…and special guests Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph! 

PERFORMANCE TIMING:

60 minutes, no intermission



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



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

ALL attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket including children who will sit in a lap. By purchasing tickets, you accept the risk of attending a live performance.

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



Two filled champagne flutes on lifts draped with curled ribbon and gold glitter floating through the air.


42nd Annual Holiday Concert & Gala



Monday, December 19, 2022 at 7:00 pm
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

His Excellency Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador of the European Union and Mrs. Phoebe Kapouano, Honorary Patrons

Nicholas Smith and Deborah Jacobs, Gala Chairs

7:00 pm: O Night Divine! Christmas Music Concert with the Choral Arts Chorus and Orchestra in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall
8:30 pm: Reception and silent auction featuring luxury items and the finest in travel, dining, and priceless social opportunities on the Roof Terrace
9:30 pm: Gourmet dinner and dancing until midnight on the Roof Terrace

BLACK TIE





TABLES


  • Gala dinner seating for 10
  • 10 Box Tier seats for O Night Divine! Christmas concert
  • Invitation for four to the exclusive Ambassador’s Reception in early December
  • Recognition in Gala concert and dinner programs
  • Recognition in all 2022-2023 concert programs

$9,500 of a Guarantor Table level contribution is tax-deductible under applicable laws.

  • Gala dinner seating for 10
  • 10 Premium Orchestra seats for O Night Divine! Christmas concert
  • Invitation for two to the exclusive Ambassador’s Reception in early December
  • Recognition in Gala concert and dinner programs
  • Recognition in all 2022-2023 concert programs

$6,500 of a Partner Table level contribution is tax-deductible under applicable laws.



TICKETS


  • Gala dinner seating for one
  • One Box Tier seat for O Night Divine! Christmas concert
  • Invitation for one to the exclusive Ambassador’s Reception in early December
  • Recognition in Gala concert and dinner programs
  • Recognition in all 2022-2023 concert programs

$950 of a Founder Ticket level contribution is tax-deductible under applicable laws.

  • Gala dinner seating for one
  • One Premium Orchestra seat for O Night Divine! Christmas concert
  • Recognition in Gala concert and dinner programs
  • Recognition in all 2022-2023 concert programs

$650 of a Benefactor Ticket level contribution is tax-deductible under applicable laws.

  • Gala seating for one
  • One Orchestra seat for O Night Divine! Christmas concert
  • Recognition in Gala concert and dinner programs
  • Recognition in all 2022-2023 concert programs

$450 of a Patron Ticket level contribution is tax-deductible under applicable laws.



SPONSORSHIPS


  • Choral Arts’ season sponsors enjoy a variety of benefits, including:
    • A premium table for 10 at the Holiday Concert and Gala
    • Four complimentary tickets for every self-produced Choral Arts experience this season
    • Exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunities to engage with the joy of choral music
    • And many more!
  • If you are interested in becoming a season sponsor, please contact Development Manager Drew Halford at dhalford@choralarts.org

With a donation of $1,500, you can underwrite tickets for active duty, retired, or wounded service members and their families to enjoy a Choral Arts Christmas concert.

A sponsorship of Tickets for Troops is fully tax-deductible under applicable laws



SILENT AUCTION


  • Choral Arts’ silent auction is a time-honored tradition at every gala. Highlights every year includes over a hundred luxurious domestic and international travel opportunities, fine dining experiences across the DC region, jewelry and artwork, and priceless experiences that can only be found with Choral Arts.
  • More information, including a full catalogue of auction items, will be shared before the event.

Choral Arts is currently accepting donations to Choral Arts’ silent auction.

Benefits of in-kind donations include program listings, invitations to pre-gala celebrations, and more. If you or your organization/business would like to donate an item or have questions about the benefits of your gift, contact silentauction@choralarts.org or complete the form below:



Face masks are required for all audience members while inside the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Masks are optional for the reception and gourmet dinner.

All attendees must have a ticket. By purchasing tickets, you accept the risk of attending a live performance.



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



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



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  • O! What a Beautiful City
    Wonderous Music Rooted in DC
    Saturday, November 19, 2022
  • O Night Divine!
    Christmas Music with Choral Arts
    December 19, 2022 | 7:00 pm (Series A) or December 24, 2022 | 2:00 pm (Series B)
  • Living the Dream…Singing the Dream
    35th Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Sunday, February 5, 2023 | 7:00 pm
    Co-presented with Washington Performing Arts
  • Whitacre’s The Sacred Veil
    Featuring the Choral Arts Chamber Singers
    Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 4:00 pm (Series A) or 8:00pm (Series B)
  • Boldly Becoming
    Haydn’s Mass for Troubled Times | Price’s Song of Hope | DiOrio’s Solaris
    Sunday, June 11, 2023 | 5:00 pm

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Announcing the 2022-2023 Choral Arts Season



The 2022-23 Season, our first with incoming Artistic Director Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan, is packed with performances that showcase the choral classics we know and love while ushering in a new generation of classics.

Expect to be awed by a season that reawakens the spirit and transcends beyond the walls of the concert hall.

Ticket Package renewals and purchases available now!

Tickets for individual concerts available September 22, 2022.







2022-2023 Choral Arts Performances



O! What a Beautiful City

Wondrous Music Rooted in DC

Saturday, November 19, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Washington National Cathedral

Symphonic Chorus

This program is a tribute of gratitude for the DC Community. We honor composers, their works, and pieces with significant ties to the DC metro area. Join us as we love on our city through song



O Night Divine!

Christmas Music with Choral Arts

Monday, December 19, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 24, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Symphonic Chorus, Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan, conductor
Youth Choir, Brandon Straub, conductor
Choral Arts Orchestra

Embrace the magic of the Christmas season from the sheer excitement of a morning in community with one another to the snowy lilts of a lullaby. The radiant voices of the Chorus return to the Kennedy Center accompanied by the lush sound of a full orchestra. Capture the serene and the joyous with the season’s vibrant treasure-trove of winter carols and Christmas classics.



A Family Christmas

For the Young and Young at Heart (Ages 5 and up)

Saturday, December 24, 2022 | 11:00 am
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

with special guests Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph
Symphonic Chorus
Choral Arts Brass

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.



Living the Dream…Singing the Dream

35th Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, February 5, 2023 | 7:00 pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Washington Performing Arts Men, Women, and Children of the Gospel
Michele Fowlin, Artistic Director
Theodore Thorpe III, Artistic Director

The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan, Artistic Director

The long-running, ever-popular tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to the Kennedy Center as the combined choirs of Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs and Choral Arts celebrate the power of music, collaboration, and the human spirit. The program transcends race, age, and gender to unite all who honor his ideals with songs that unite our spirits.



Whitacre’s The Sacred Veil

Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Live! at 10th & G

Chamber Singers

The most recent collaboration between Eric Whitacre and poet/lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri, The Sacred Veil tells an intimate story of life, love and loss.



Boldly Becoming

Haydn’s Mass for Troubled Times | Price’s Song of Hope | DiOrio’s Solaris

Sunday, June 11, 2023 | 5:00 pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Symphonic Chorus
Choral Arts Orchestra

THE PROGRAM:
Joseph Haydn: Missa in angustiis (Mass for Troubled Times/Lord Nelson Mass)
Florence Price: Song of Hope
Dominick DiOrio: Solaris

Explore the beauty that flourishes when we reject preconceived notions. These three works illuminate how we navigate the inner workings of being present, the importance of self-determination and tenacious hope, and what is possible when we choose ourselves and our authenticity, regardless of societal pressure.




All performances are conducted by Artistic Director Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan unless otherwise indicated.

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

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


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



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