What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with The Washington Chorus and our Irish conductor Christopher Bell? On Sunday afternoon, March 17, the stage of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall will feature an Irish band, fiddlers, dancers, pipe players, and choral arrangements of Irish classics in a one-of-a-kind concert.
The Washington Chorus joins the National Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of Lera Auerbach’s Arctica. A co-commission by the NSO and The National Geographic Society, Arctica was inspired by Auerbach’s travel to the Arctic and her conversations with Enric Sala, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.
A Candlelight Christmas features traditional carols, contemporary compositions, and sing-a-longs of your favorites. The festivities are accompanied by a brass ensemble and organ, infused with Christopher Bell’s audience-pleasing combination of reverence and revelry, and of course include the traditional candlelight processional.
Brahms’ A German Requiem — a masterpiece of humanism and choral music, loved equally by singers and audiences, with Britten’s Ballad of Heroes, a heartfelt response to war’s devastating toll on humanity. This concert commemorates the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day. Guest soloists: Laura Choi Stuart, soprano, and Rob McGinness, baritone.
We join the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap for a performance of one of the most magnificent musical works ever created. Conducted by Bramwell Tovey, featuring soloists Yelena Dyachek (soprano), Zoie Reams (mezzo-soprano), Richard Trey Smagur (tenor), and Thomas Glass (baritone). Also on the program, the sensational pianist Inon Barnatan performs Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.