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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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.



NEW DATE: Living the Dream...Singing the Dream has been rescheduled fro April 10, 2022.


Living the Dream…Singing the Dream

34th Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Sunday, April 10, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Co-presented with Washington Performing Arts

Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus
Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs



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SCHEDULE CHANGE (January 13, 2 PM EST): Out of an abundance of caution amid the current conditions of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Washington Performing Arts and the Choral Arts Society of Washington have rescheduled the January 30th presentation of Living the Dream…Singing the Dream. The new date at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall is April 10, 2022. Current ticket holders to the original January 30 event are being contacted directly concerning their options at this time—including using their current tickets for admission to the April 10 event.



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 like You’re the Lifter, My Soul’s Been Anchored, Why Do We Sing, and the world premiere of Nolan Williams’s We are the ones to heal our land.

In addition to the musical program, Choral Arts will present the 2022 Humanitarian Award to award-winning visionary and cultural activist, LaTosha Brown. The award honors individuals who have shown incredible leadership through their dedication to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brown is a nationally recognized, “go-to” expert in Black Voting Rights and Voter Suppression, Black Women’s Empowerment, and Philanthropy. She is the Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute and has worked in 23 different countries to include Kenya, Guyana, and Brazil. Her next mission involves resourcing and empowering women across the diaspora. “I don’t want women to be seen as victims; they are the problem solvers for the world. I am convinced that Black Women are going to liberate the world!” says Brown.

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

THE PROGRAM
Come Thou Almighty King Timothy Wright
I Opened My Mouth to the Lord A. Lela Anderson
You’re the Lifter Derrick Hall
My Soul’s Been Anchored Arr. Moses Hogan
Onaga Tim Godfrey
Why Do We Sing Gail Jones Murphy
Stand Up for What’s Right B. E. Boykin
Didn’t It Rain? Arr. Donald E. Dillard
We are the ones to heal our land. Nolan Williams*
Work While it’s a Day  Ralph Herndon

*World premiere co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts and the Choral Arts Society of Washington

FEATURED PERFORMERS

Shawn Yancy, Host
LaTosha Brown, Humanitarian Award Recipient
Sherrilyn Ifill, Humanitarian Award Presenter
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
Scott Tucker, Artistic Director

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.

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.



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Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem

East-Coast Premiere


Monday, May 23, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Scott Tucker, conductor
Nolan Williams, Jr., guest conductor



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Portland composer Damien Geter’s bold, thought-provoking musical response to violence against African Americans in the United States receives its east-coast premiere at the Kennedy Center. Commissioned by the Portland based Resonance Ensemble, Geter’s An African American Requiem infuses the traditional Latin requiem with spirituals, modern declarations relating to racial violence against African Americans, as well as a setting of Ida B. Wells’s speech “Lynching is Color Line Murder” and the famous last words of Eric Garner, “I can’t breathe.”

The program will open with DC composer Nolan Williams, Jr.’s Spirituals Suite for Choir and Orchestra.

THE PROGRAM
Nolan Williams, Jr.: Spirituals Suite for Choir and Orchestra (excerpts)

Movement 1. City Called Heaven
Movement 2. Done Made My Vow

Damien Geter: An African American Requiem (East-coast premiere)

FEATURED PERFORMERS
Scott Tucker, conductor
Nolan Williams, Jr., guest conductor
Jacqueline Echols, soprano
Karmesha Peake, mezzo-soprano
Norman Shankle, tenor
Kenneth Overton, baritone
S. Renee Mitchell, poet and narrator

Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus
Scott Tucker, Artistic Director

Resonance Ensemble
Katherine FitzGibbon, Artistic Director

NEWorks Voices of America
NEWorks Philharmonic Orchestra
Nolan Williams, Jr., Artistic Director

PERFORMANCE TIMING
First Half: 15 minutes | Intermission: 10 minutes | Second Half: 85 minutes

Concert art courtesy of Resonance Ensemble and Oregon Symphony.



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.

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

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


This performance is generously supported by:
The National Endowment for the Arts
Karen L. Florini and Neil R. Ericsson
Anne B. Keiser and Douglas M. Lapp
Barbara and Charles Rossotti
Katie and Dick Snowdon

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.





Christopher Tin’s To Shiver the Sky

Free Performance


Sunday, May 15, 2022 | 7:00 pm
The Anthem

The United States Air Force Band
Col Don Schofield, commander and conductor
Christopher Tin, conductor



TICKETS

Tickets are free with reservation through Washington Performing Arts.




After a year’s pandemic postponement, Christopher Tin’s monumental, multi-media salute to flight finally comes to the stage of The Anthem! Two-time Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin is a master of the concert stage, silver screen, and gaming world. His work was featured on the soundtrack of blockbuster film Crazy Rich Asians, and he is beloved by millions thanks to his music for the game Civilization IV. To Shiver the Sky, a musical exploration of humankind’s journeys into the heavens, marries texts from pioneers of flight—from Leonard da Vinci to Amelia Earhart—to Tin’s inspiring and wonder-filled score for orchestra, chorus, and soloists.

Co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and The United States Air Force Band

THE PROGRAM
Christopher Tin: To Shiver the Sky
Additional works to come

FEATURED PERFORMERS
The United States Air Force Band
Col Don Schofield, commander and conductor
Christopher Tin, conductor
The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Scott Tucker, artistic director

PERFORMANCE TIMING
70 minutes, no intermission



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.