Carmen -Kirby

"After singing the complete opera a few years ago at Wolf Trap, I’m eager to sing the wondrous music again, but this time with a twist. The new narration, told from a completely different perspective, will make for an intriguing new approach to Bizet’s magnum opus."

—Kirby Knight, Tenor II

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Belshazzar -Kirby

"I can’t wait to revisit one of my favorite pieces I’ve sung in TWC: Chichester Psalms; I’m excited to see our new Maestro’s interpretation of this extraordinary work. And to add two new (to me) works will make for an incredible choral experience. I love Morten Lauridsen’s lush harmonies, but have never experienced the Mid-Winter Songs, and I’m enthusiastic about performing what promises to be a breathtaking work in Belshazzar’s Feast."

—Kirby Knight, Tenor II

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Lenny -Joel

"It is hard to imagine the American musical world of the second half of the 20th century, without the giant footprints of Leonard Bernstein to follow in. Not only his music, but his dedication to young people, his brilliant conducting career, and his life were a monumental impact on the music of America."

—Joel Ayau, Accompanist and Education and Outreach Director

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Carmen -Joel

"It is inconceivable that Bizet could produce so many memorable and brilliant melodies in one spectacular work; what a tragedy that the premiere was a failure, and he died without knowing the success that his work would enjoy."

—Joel Ayau, Accompanist and Education and Outreach Director

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Christmas -Emma

"Get in the holiday spirit, the best way we know how - through song! I always look forward to this family tradition, and continue to get goosebumps as the lights go down and the singers make their way to the stage in the glorious candlelight processional."

—Emma Moores, Development Director

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Lenny -Emma

"Bernstein from every angle! We are thrilled to be a part of the global centennial celebrations of Leonard Bernstein with this concert, which looks at his own works, the works of his contemporaries, and the works of those inspired by him."

—Emma Moores, Development Director

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Christmas -Joel

"It's amazing think that, of the thousands of pieces of music written to commemorate Christmas throughout history, only a small number of gems have stood the test of time and have been recognized as great works. And we get to hear more than a dozen of them on one evening, arranged by some of the greatest living composers today."

—Joel Ayau, Accompanist and Education and Outreach Director

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Belshazzar -Joel

"Belshazzar's Feast is in the canon of choral masterpieces regularly performed in Europe, but is shockingly neglected in the United States. Walton's incorporation of different musical styles, including Strauss's late Romanticism, jazz, and other popular music styles, calls to mind the work of another great composer, Leonard Bernstein."

—Joel Ayau, Accompanist and Education and Outreach Director

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Lenny -Chase

"I can't wait to experience the Washington Chorus a cappella. Crisp sounds. New space. And an exciting look into how Bernstein shaped other composers and vice versa."

—Chase Maggiano, Executive Director

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Carmen -Chase

"This is a great concert for first time opera audiences and long-time opera lovers. The concert version highlights the best of the soloists and chorus, and the narration from the point of view of the killer's mother is a totally original take on the story."

—Chase Maggiano, Executive Director

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Belshazzar -Chase

"We wanted to start the season of Bernstein's centennial by honoring him with one of the greatest choral works, Chichester Psalms. For audiences that don't know Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, they're in for an incredibly exciting piece of music. I smiled the entire time during my first listen."

—Chase Maggiano, Executive Director

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