Our 20th Anniversary Season at a Glance
Choralis | The Maestra’s Eclectic Requiem | Sunday, October 20 at 5 pm | National Presbyterian Church
Special Event | Handel’s Messiah (Part 1 Sing-Along) | Sunday, December 1 at 3 pm | Fairfax Presbyterian Church
Choralis, Ēchos, and The Classical Brass Quintet | A Classic Brass Christmas | Sunday, December 8 at 5 pm | The Church of the Epiphany
Special Event | Come and Sing with Bob Chilcott | Saturday, March 21 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm | The Falls Church Episcopal Church
Choralis | Move Him Into the Sun | Sunday, March 22 at 5 pm | The Falls Church Episcopal Church
Special Event | Young Artists Competition | Saturday, April 4 (time to be announced) | The Falls Church Episcopal Church
Ēchos | Jewels in the Choral Crown | Sunday, May 3 at 5 pm | Fairfax Presbyterian Church
Choralis | Experiments in Music | Sunday, June 7 at 5 pm | George Mason University Center for the Arts
2019-20 Featured Charities
Choralis is pleased to continue its Featured Charities program initiated last season. We have selected a well-regarded charity whose mission we admire to highlight at each concert and are sponsoring in-gatherings of needed items for certain of the charities. We invite our concert patrons to join in the effort!
Concert and Ticket Information
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Sunday, October 20, 2019 // 5 pm
The Maestra’s Eclectic Requiem
Katelyn Aungst, soprano; Erin Sanzero, soprano; Roger Isaacs, countertenor; Robert Petillo, tenor; Mark Wanich, bass; Jeffrey Benson, guest conductor
All of us have moments of music we live to hear or sing. Maestra Kuhrmann has long wanted to present an “eclectic” Requiem, featuring movements of various Requiems that particularly speak to her. She has chosen Mozart’s Introit, Kyrie, and Recordare; Duruflé’s Introit, Kyrie, and Sanctus; Verdi’s Libera Me; Fauré’s Pie Jesu, Britten’s Agnus Dei; Vogler’s Benedictus, and Movement VI from Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem. To honor Choralis’ twenty-year legacy, previous assistant conductors, conducting fellows, keyboard artists, singers, and board members will participate in this concert.
National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Featured Charity | Choralis invites concert patrons to bring a grocery store or office supply store gift card to the concert to be given to Culmore Clinic, which provides free or low-cost health services to low-income, culturally diverse adults in the Bailey’s Crossroads community
Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm
A Sing-Along with Choralis (Part 1)
The tradition of singing the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah is a rousing way to inaugurate the season. Join Choralis and professional soloists in a performance of Part 1, accompanied by chamber orchestra and organ. Bring your own score or rent one at the door to sing along with the choruses. Beyond the celebratory Hallelujah chorus, Messiah reminds us to lift our voices to assist the less fortunate among us — as Handel himself did.
Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 10723 Main Street, Fairfax, VA
Featured Charity: Choralis invites Sing-Along patrons to bring baby care products, travel-size toiletries, and clothing items such as underwear, socks, and winter gear to support the FACETS Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program in Fairfax County.
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5 pm
A Classic Brass Christmas
With guest artists The Classical Brass Quintet
This annual favorite celebrates the holidays with a stunning candlelight processional and both old and new music from around the world. Selections will include Chilcott’s Gloria, written for Choralis and featured on our award-winning CD “In Winter’s Arms: Seasonal Music by Bob Chilcott.” A carol sing-along will add a finishing touch to the festivities. Perfect for the entire family.
The Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G Street, NW, Washington DC
Featured Charity |Concert patrons are invited to learn more at the concert about FACETS, which provides emergency shelter and food, transitional housing, and educational, life skills, and career services to help end the cycle of poverty in Fairfax County and will have the opportunity to directly support FACETS through a raffle at the concert.
Sunday, March 22, 2020 // 5 pm
Move Him Into the Sun
with the Children’s Chorus of Washington (www.childrenschorusdc.org), Margaret Nomura Clark, artistic director
Bob Chilcott, composer
Francis Pott, composer
Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann conducts Choralis in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and welcomes back composer Bob Chilcott, former Choralis Composer-in-Residence, by performing two of his works, Canticles of Light (in collaboration with the Children’s Chorus of Washington), andMove Him Into the Sun, a profound yet hopeful setting of Wilfred Owen’s powerful poetry about World War I. Choralis also welcomes composer Francis Pott with a performance of his beautiful Ubi Caritas by our Ēchos chamber choir.
The Falls Church Episcopal, 115 East Fairfax Street, Falls Church, VA
Featured Charity | Choralis invites concert patrons to bring travel-size shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, or deodorant for donation to Operation First Response, an organization that provides backpacks of hygiene and comfort items to wounded soldiers who arrive at combat support hospitals without their personal possessions
Sunday, May 3, 2020 // 5 pm
Jewels in the Choral Crown
Choralis’ chamber choir, Ēchos, offers a varied program drawn from the world’s great repertoire of a cappella music and other gems. Most are well-known and beloved, but come discover some “best kept secrets” as well— from the treasury of English church music, works from the Protestant Reformation, the storehouse of 18th and 19th century German and Austrian music, and American choral works.
Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 10723 Main Street, Fairfax, VA
Featured Charity | Choralis invites concert patrons to learn more at the concert about APOPO HeroRATS, a global non-profit organization that researches, develops, and implements techniques using scent detection rats to help
clear landmines, detect disease, and other humanitarian purposes.
Sunday, June 7, 2020 // 5 pm
Experiments in Music
Todd Fickley, pianist
Suzanne Karpov, soprano
Roger Isaacs, countertenor
Steven Eddy, bass
The grand finale of our 20th season will be three crowd-pleasing works composed by 1930s contemporaries. Carl Orff, Igor Stravinsky, and George Gershwin used techniques and texts in original ways to produce pieces that resonate with performers and audiences alike. Orff’s Carmina Burana crosses the musical bridge of the sacred and profane, and is currently among the most-performed choral works. Stravinsky’s Symphonie de psaumes incorporates texts from two penitential psalms and Psalm 150 into a three-movement symphony, with the chorus replacing part of the traditional orchestra. Gershwin’s piano concerto, Rhapsody in Blue, written as “an experiment in Modern Music,” melds the seemingly incongruous styles of jazz and European art-music.
George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA
Featured Charity | Choralis invites concert patrons to bring unwanted musical instruments to the concert for donation to Hungry for Music, which reconditions and distributes instruments to youth in need
Tickets for this special concert are available only through the George Mason University Center for the Arts Ticket Office.