Choralis will continue to offer a mix of high-quality performances, education opportunities, and community arts enrichment ifor its 20th Anniversary Season in 2019-20, entitled The Language of the World. Season highlights follow.
- August 6 and 13, 2019: Summer Sings Series – Choralis will invite community members to participate in “Summer Sings” of choral masterworks on these two dates, both, led by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhmann and with professional soloists, and keyboard accompaniment. The August 6th Sing will be of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem (in German), and the August 13th Sing will be of Mozart’s Requiem and Chilcott’s Requiem. Both will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Falls Church, VA.
- Saturday, September 28, 2019: Young Artist Competition – Emerging vocal soloists will compete at Fairfax Presbyterian Church to be featured soloists for the March 22, 2020 Move Him Into the Sun concert. The competition will be open to the public throughout its timeframe of 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Sunday, October 20, 2019: Eclectic Requiem – Choralis will perform a requiem consisting of beloved movements from a variety of masterpiece requiems, including those written by Mozart, Verdi, Duruflé, Brahms, Britten, Fauré, and Reger. The performance will be at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC.
- Sunday, December 1, 2019: A concert and sing-along of Handel’s Messiah , with strings and pipe organ accompaniment, Choralis and guest soloists will perform Messiah (Part I), with the audience invited to sing-along on the choruses. The event will be held at Fairfax Presbyterian Church.
- Sunday, December 8, 2019: “A Classic Brass Christmas” Concert – Choralis and Echos and The Classical Brass Quintet will perform holiday favorites at The Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC.
- Sunday, February 9, 2020: “Jewels in the Choral Crown” – Echos will perform musical gems from the 15th through 20th centuries, including both well-known and less well-known pieces. The concert will be at The Falls Church Episcopal Church.
- Saturday, March 21, 2020: “Come and Sing with Bob Chilcott” = Bob Chilcott, one of the world’s most popular current composers of choral music, will lead attendees in a choral music workshop to explore his newest compositions and discuss his work. The workshop will be held at Fairfax Presbyterian Church.
- Sunday, March 22, 2020: “Move Him Into the Sun” – Choralis will perform works by Bach and Bernstein, as well as two pieces by Bob Chilcott, Move Him Into the Sun and Canticles of Light, with the latter featuring special guests The Children’s Choir of Washington. The peformance will take place at The Falls Church Episcopal Church.
- Sunday, May 3, 2020: “The Language of the World” will be a performance of works infused with French flavor, including Francis Poulenc’s Gloria, Maurice Duruflé’s, Quatre motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, and the awe-inspiring, rarely performed Symphonie Concertante, Op. 81 by Joseph Jongen, for which Associate Conductor and Keyboard Artist Todd Fickley will be the soloist. The concert will be held at The National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC.
Singers interested in joining Choralis for the 2019-20 season should email: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition. Information about the audition process is provided on the Auditions page of this website.
Choralis also will continue its exceptional High School Singing Scholars (HSSS) program through which 12 high school-aged singers participate as full members of Choralis with waivers of the membership dues, and Choralis also will offer free concert tickets to many area high school choirs. Please visit the Education page of our website for more information about the HSSS program and how interested young singers can audition.