Our Season at a Glance

Special Event | Young Artists Competition | Saturday, September 8, from 10 am – 2 pm | Fairfax Presbyterian Church

Choralis | Century of the Common Man | Sunday, October 14 at 5 pm | National Presbyterian Church

Special Event | Handel’s Messiah (Part 1 Sing-Along) | Sunday, December 2 at 2 pm | Fairfax Presbyterian Church

Choralis, Ēchos, and The Classical Brass Quintet | A Classic Brass Christmas | Friday, December 7 at 7 pm | The Church of the Epiphany & Saturday, December 8 at 7 pm | Providence Presbyterian Church

Choralis | In Celebration of Life: Mozart and Fauré | Saturday, March 9 at 5 pm | The Falls Church Episcopal Church

Choralis | Mendelssohn’s Elijah | Sunday, June 2 at 5 pm | National Presbyterian Church

Concert and Ticket Information

Choralis has selected a “featured charity” for each of the 2018-19 season concerts and is providing audience members with opportunities to learn about and assist these deserving organizations when attending our concerts.  Please review the concert descriptions below to learn how you can help.

Our ticket prices vary across concerts. Please click the link below that is associated with the concert you want to attend, and you will be taken to an Ovationtix website to make your purchase.

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Century of the Common Man

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 5 pm

National Presbyterian Church

4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

In 1942, during the darkest days of World War II, Vice President Henry A. Wallace gave a speech known as “The Century of the Common Man” paying tribute to the common man and woman and “their millennial and revolutionary march toward manifesting here on earth the dignity that is in every human soul.”  Joined by the winners of the 2018 Choralis Young Artists Competition, brass and percussion, and organist Todd Fickley, Choralis presents a program of music inspired by the courage and sacrifice of this “common man.” This performance includes Copland’s famous Fanfare for the Common Man; the Agnus Dei movements from Britten’s War Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem; Joseph Jongen’s Messe en l’honneur du Sant- Sacrement, written upon the release of his son from Buchenwald in 1945; and Maurice Durufle’s organ work Prelude et fugue sur le nom d’Alain, a musically complex homage to his colleague Jehan Alain, a war hero killed in combat in 1940.

Featuring soloists Rob Petillo, Tenor and the 2018 Choralis Young Artists Competition winners shown below: Crossley Danielle Hawn, Soprano; Kate Jackman, Mezzo-Soprano; James Stevens, Tenor; and Joshua Michael Brown, Baritone.

Crossley Danielle Hawn, Soprano
Kate Jackman, Mezzo-Soprano
James Stevens, Tenor
Joshua Michael Brown, Baritone

The featured charity for this concert is the Operation First Response (OFR) Backpack Program, which provides backpacks of hygiene and comfort items to wounded soldiers who arrive at combat support hospitals without their personal possessions. Audience members are encouraged to bring travel-size shampoo, mouthwash, hand sanitizer and deodorant to the concert for donation to OFR.

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Handel’s Messiah

A Sing-Along with Choralis (Part 1)

Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Fairfax Presbyterian Church

10723 Main Street, Fairfax, VA

A holiday tradition for over 200 years, the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah is a rousing way to inaugurate the season.  Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann, Choralis, professional soloists, and organist Todd Fickley will lead a sing-along of this perennial favorite, accompanied by a chamber orchestra, with everyone invited to join in singing the well-loved choruses. Not just a celebratory hallelujah chorus, Messiah reminds us to lift our voices to assist the less fortunate.

Featuring soloists Erin Sanzero, Soprano; Roger Isaacs, Countertenor; Rob Petillo, Tenor; and James Shaffran, Baritone.

The featured charity is FACETS, which provides emergency shelter, food, transitional housing, and other services to those suffering the effects of poverty. Patrons who bring a food or hygiene item donation for the food pantry or FACETS hypothermia shelter at Fairfax Presbyterian Church will receive a $5 ticket discount for the event (refunded at the door for a ticket purchased online).

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A Classic Brass Christmas

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7 pm

The Church of the Epiphany

1317 G Street, NW, Washington DC

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Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 7 pm

Providence Presbyterian Church

9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA

With guest artists The Classical Brass Quintet

Ring in the Christmas season with the lively and merry sounds of choirs and brass! The Classical Brass Quintet joins Choralis and Ēchos chamber choir to perform a festive selection of Christmas music.  Enjoy the stirring beauty of the candlelight processional and an audience sing-along of favorite carols.

Proceeds from a conducting  raffle and sales of Choralis’ award-winning CD In Winter’s Arms at each concert will benefit featured charity FACETS, which provides emergency shelter, food, transitional housing, and other services to those suffering the effects of poverty.

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In Celebration of Life: Mozart and Fauré

Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 5 pm

The Falls Church Episcopal Church

115 E. Fairfax Street, Falls Church, VA

This concert features works by Mozart that span his life — the spirited Missa brevis in F major, K. 192, written when he was only 18, and the exquisite Motet in D major, Ave verum CorpusK. 618, written just five months before his death.   Also including in this program is Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, a masterpiece written shortly after his father’s death to comfort all who are mourning the passing of a life.

The featured charity for this concert is the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center of Northern Virginia. Audience members are encouraged to bring unneeded prescription eyeglasses to the concert for donation to the program.

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Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 5 pm

National Presbyterian Church

4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

With guest artists Danielle Talamantes, Soprano; Kristen Dubenion-Smith, Mezzo-Soprano; Dennys Moura, Tenor; and Kerry Wilkerson as Elijah.

Felix Mendelssohn’s operatic masterpiece, with its sweeping orchestral movements and tender a cappella choruses, tells the story of the fiery prophet who led the people of Israel back to God, ending their punishment of drought and famine.

The featured charity for this concert is Charity: Water, which brings clean drinking water to people around the world. The audience will  be invited to support the charity by purchasing bottles of water or wristbands at the concert.