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Under the gracious patronage of the Ambassador of Ireland to the U.S., H.E. Daniel Mulhall, The Washington Chorus invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us!

Enjoy a spectacular Kennedy Center performance of your favorite Irish tunes, paying homage to Artistic Director Christopher Bell’s homeland. Irish folk duo Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre join the Chorus, along with students of The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance and folk band The Irish Inn Mates.

Then jig with us over to the Watergate Hotel for our Gala dinner, benefiting TWC Connections, our education and community engagement programs.

St Patrick’s Day Concert & Gala
Sunday, March 17, 2019
3:00 pm Concert: Kennedy Center Concert Hall
5:30 pm Gala: The Watergate Hotel

Explore the ticket and sponsorship opportunities available, or make your reservation online.


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Onstage at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, The Washington Chorus and Artistic Director Christopher Bell present a rousing show, paying homage to Bell’s Irish heritage, and celebrating St Patrick’s Day.

The Washington Chorus
Christopher Bell, Artistic Director
Zoë Conway, fiddle
John Mc Intyre, guitar
The Irish Inn Mates
The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance



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After the Kennedy Center performance, revel with us across the street at the luxurious Watergate Hotel. The evening will feature an online and in-person auction, performances, the opportunity to meet special guests and soloists, and surprises in store to make this year’s St Patrick’s Day one to remember.

In addition, the evening’s proceeds make TWC Connections possible, our portfolio of education and community engagement offerings that are a vital part of our mission. By joining us for St Patrick’s Day, you are giving others access to unparalleled opportunities and the transforming power of music.


Special Performances by
Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre

The Chorus is joined by Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre for their exciting blend of eclectic fiddle and guitar music. The Irish husband and wife folk duo perform around the world, and have been described as “simply one of the best folk duos on the planet” (BBC).

Zoë, no stranger to the stage, has performed with an impressive list of international artists including Riverdance, Damien Rice, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Rodrigo y Gabriella to mention but a few. Her crossover discipline into the classical world has also allowed her the pleasure of appearing as soloist with acclaimed orchestras such as The Irish Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and German WDR Symphony Orchestra; pieces recited include her own compositions and works composed for her by world renowned Irish composer, Bill Whelan.

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An exquisite live and silent auction offers unique events, destinations, dining, wine, and other once-in-a-lifetime opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. All proceeds support TWC Connections programs.

View our live auction line-up.


Make an Item Donation

Our St. Patrick’s Day Gala will feature an exquisite Silent and Live Auction, with delectable wines, one-of-a-kind experiences, not-to-be-missed excursions, and more. If you have an item that could be featured in our Auction, we would greatly appreciate your generous support.

Please submit the below Item Donation Form by Friday, March 8, 2019. A staff member will follow up to confirm and arrange for pickup of your donation.

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TWC Connections

All proceeds of the Gala and auction support TWC’s Connections programs, our new portfolio of the vital education and community engagement initiatives of the Chorus. These mission-driven programs are an important part of the work of the Chorus, and we are extremely grateful to our Gala guests and sponsors for making these opportunities possible.


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