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


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.


“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

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

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 for details and updates on COVID protocols.

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