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.