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NSO: Handel’s Messiah


December 15-18, 2022
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Guest appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra
Fabio Biondi, conductor







Celebrated Baroque authority Fabio Biondi and four exceptional singers make their NSO debuts at this joyous holiday concert!

Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel’s cherished Messiah in the festively decorated Concert Hall as Biondi—best known as the founder and director of esteemed period-instrument group Europa Galante—conducts an intimate performance of Messiah the way it was premiered in Dublin, 1742.

THE PROGRAM:

George Frideric Handel: Messiah

FEATURED ARTISTS:

Fabio Biondi, conductor
Liv Redpath, soprano
Hannah Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
John Matthew Myers, tenor
Neal Davies, bass
Choral Arts Society of Washington
     Scott Tucker, chorusmaster



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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:



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.


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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.



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41st Annual Holiday Concert & Gala


Monday, December 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

His Excellency Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland, and Mrs. Greta Mulhall, Honorary Patrons

Shawn Yancy, News4 Anchor, NBC Washington, Gala Chair

7:00 pm: 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 & Tickets

*All contributions for the below categories, less $250 per person attending the dinner and concert, are tax deductible under applicable laws.


  • 10 Box Tier seats for Christmas Music concert
  • Premium Table for 10 for the gala dinner
  • Invitation for four to the exclusive Ambassador’s Reception in early December
  • Recognition in Washington Life‘s Gala & Balls re-cap issue
  • Recognition in Gala concert and dinner programs
  • Recognition in all 2021-2022 concert programs
  • 10 Premium Orchestra seats for Christmas Music concert
  • Table for 10 for the gala dinner
  • Invitation for two to the exclusive Ambassador’s Reception in early December
  • Recognition in Gala concert and dinner programs
  • Recognition in all 2021-2022 concert programs
  • 1 Premium Orchestra seat for Christmas Music concert
  • Gala dinner seating for 1
  • Invitation for one to the exclusive Ambassador’s Reception in early December
  • Recognition in Gala concert and dinner programs
  • Recognition in all 2021-2022 concert programs
  • 1 Premium Orchestra seat for Christmas Music concert
  • Gala dinner seating for 1
  • Recognition in Gala concert and dinner programs
  • Recognition in all 2021-2022 concert programs
  • 1 Orchestra seat for Christmas Music concert
  • Gala dinner seating for 1
  • Recognition in Gala concert and dinner programs
  • Recognition in all 2021-2022 concert programs
  • For an additional $2,000, sponsor concert tickets and transportation for four active duty, wounded, or retired military and their families to attend a Choral Arts holiday concert
  • Season Sponsorships start at $15,000 and include a gala table for 10
  • Contact Choral Arts for more information

All Gala patrons are required to follow Kennedy Center health and safety protocols which includes showing proof of vaccination or negative COVID test, and stay masked at all times except while eating or drinking at a table.




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For the health and safety of our Choral Arts community, Choral Arts is requiring all Gala attendees to agree to the following:

  • I and all of my guests will comply with the Kennedy Center’s COVID Safety Plan and Conditions of Entry, including (1) the requirement that all attendees be fully vaccinated or provide proof of a qualifying negative test and (2) the requirement that masks be worn at all times except while actively eating or drinking.
  • I and all of my guests will comply with all applicable state and local rules and regulations regarding COVID-19 and all current CDC recommendations, including those related to contract tracing, isolation, and quarantine.
  • Attending the Gala involves the risk of exposure to or contraction of COVID-19. I knowingly and voluntarily assume these risks, on behalf of myself and my guests.
  • I hereby waive and release all claims of whatever nature, now known or hereafter known, against Choral Arts on account of any injury arising out of or attributable to the presence of me or any of my guests at the Gala, including any exposure to or contraction of COVID-19, whether arising out of the negligence of Choral Arts or otherwise.
  • I will communicate these requirements to all of my guests and ensure their compliance.


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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.



The Lake Isle of Innisfree with Blue and Green Filter


An Evening of Irish Poetry with Ambassador Daniel Mulhall


VIP Experience


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‘‘Think where man’s glory most begins and ends,

And say my glory was I had such friends’’

William Butler Yeats

The honorary patrons of our 40th Annual Holiday Gala, Ireland’s Ambassador to the U.S., Daniel Mulhall and his wife, Greta, are great lovers of Irish Poetry. President of the WB Yeats Society of Sligo, Ambassador Mulhall (@DanMulhall) has tweeted a verse of Irish poetry every day for more than six years now, and lectured extensively on Ireland’s greatest poets, past and present.

As we prepare for the Gala, on December 12th, we invite you to join the Irish Ambassador and Joseph M. Hassett, one of the world’s foremost Yeats scholars, as they discuss the enduring influence of Irish poetry in America with Artistic Director Scott Tucker and read from some of their favorite verse.

This event is a benefit for Gala Supporters and Virtual Subscribers.



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






Day of Reflection


Facebook Live Event


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Come together with the DC arts community in remembrance of family and friends lost to COVID. Includes performances from music, dance, theatre, poetry, and media; and a special presentation of Maya Angelou’s poem, When Great Trees Fall.

Learn more at DayofReflection.org



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Scott Tucker & Kile Smith


Subscriber-only Virtual Event


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Artistic Director Scott Tucker invites you to join him for a conversation with composer Kile Smith about music and the brand new choral work written to premiere at Songs of the Season.

Learn more about Songs of the Season and our December experiences.

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Scott Tucker, artistic director
Kile Smith, composer



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Conversation with Scott Tucker

Subscriber-only Virtual Event


Subscriber-only Virtual Event


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Our inaugural event for Virtual Subscribers! Artistic Director Scott Tucker invites you to join him for a conversation about the 2020-2021 Choral Arts Season. Learn more about what Choral Arts has been working on over the last six months, our plans for the coming season, and enjoy music selected by Scott.

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Scott Tucker, artistic director
Symphonic Chorus



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awe & joy

Watch the HD broadcast on demand


Virtual Event

Symphonic Chorus
Chamber Singers
Youth Choir
Scott Tucker, conductor
Tad Czyzewski, executive director


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On July 15, 2020, we broadcast our first virtual event and let the music of Choral Arts awaken audiences to awe and joy.

Learn more about our story, the coming season, and experience the joy of choral music on demand with the HD recording awe & joy.

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Symphonic Chorus
Chamber Singers
Youth Choir
Scott Tucker, conductor
Tad Czyzewski, executive director
Damien Geter, composer
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, composer



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






A Family Christmas


Virtual Event

Scott Tucker, conductor
Brandon Straub, conductor
Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph, special guests


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This December, share an unforgettable holiday experience with the whole family, from home. We’ll take you on a merry tour of favorites from past performances of A Family Christmas that will have your family singing along. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph! This 50 minute experience is perfect for children ages 5 and up.

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Symphonic Chorus
Scott Tucker, conductor
Brandon Straub, conductor
Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph, special guests




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

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