The spit and polish musicians of the U.S. Marine Band joined the Choral Arts Society of Washington to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Walt Whitman. The program included a world premiere by the composer Dominick DiOrio, plus rarities by Randall Thompson and William Schuman. Rounding out the unusual repertory was a larger-than-life rendition of Berlioz’s infrequently performed Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale, honoring the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death.
CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON: A FAMILY CHRISTMAS, SONGS OF THE SEASON
Scott Tucker leads the local vocal ensemble in two Kennedy Center shows taking place on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24. First up, at 11 a.m., comes A Family Christmas, a one-hour concert intended for youth and featuring songs of classic Christmas characters, from Santa to Frosty to Rudolph. That’s followed at 2 p.m. with the 90-minute program Songs of the Season: Christmas with Choral Arts, featuring the Choral Arts Chorus and Youth Choir, conducted by Tucker and Brandon Straub, with soloist Kristina Lewis, mezzo-soprano, joining to perform holiday carols and seasonal classics. Concert Hall. Tickets are $20 to $72. Call 202-467-4600 or visit www.kennedy-center.org.
CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON: SONGS OF THE SEASON
Scott Tucker leads the local vocal ensemble along with Brandon Straub in its annual run of holiday shows at the Kennedy Center. Soloist Kristina Lewis, mezzo-soprano, will join the Choral Arts Chorus and the Choral Arts Youth Choir to perform holiday carols and seasonal classics. Sunday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m, Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m., and Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 2 p.m. Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 to $72. Call 202-467-4600 or visit www.kennedy-center.org.