Magnificent music to close out this season!

Robert Shafer

Robert Shafer will conclude the City Choir of Washington’s concert season in celebration of his 50th anniversary as a Washington area choral conductor with Handel’s Laudate pueri dominum and four other works at City Choir of Washington’s concert Sunday April 22 at 4:30 p.m. at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC.

The City Choir concert will feature Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes; soprano Crossley Danielle Hawn; countertenor Geoffrey Silver; tenor Allan Palacios Chan, and baritone Erik Grendahl. Chan and Grendahl have previously won awards at Friday Morning Music Club/Washington International competitions.

The youthful and exuberant Laudate pueri dominum uses Psalm 113 as a setting and was composed when Handel was only 22. The concert will include Gerald Finzi’s lyrical and dramatic Magnificat and a world premiere of selections of a new Magnificat setting by former City Choir of Washington assistant conductor Brian Bartoldus. The program concludes by transporting the audience to the shimmering court of Louis XIV with the thrilling and famous Te Deum of Marc Antoine Charpentier preceded by dancer Brynt Beitman of the New York Baroque Dance Company, who will perform to Lully’s Entrée d’Apollon.

Tickets, ranging from $15 to $50, can be purchased at the City Choir website, www.citychoir.org. There is plenty of free parking at National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW.