2017-2018 Season

The City Choir of Washington
is pleased to present its
2017-2018 Season

During the 2017-2018 season, The City Choir of Washington celebrates Maestro Shafer’s fiftieth anniversary as a conductor in the Washington, DC, area. To that end, we have cultivated a collection of works ranging from beloved favorites to rarely-heard gems, and even a world premiere. Each piece serves to highlight Maestro Shafer’s accomplishments throughout the past fifty years, and to underscore his standing as the dean of choral conductors in Washington.

Barber Adagio for Strings | Bruckner Mass in F Minor
Sunday, November 5, 2017
4:30 PM
National Presbyterian Church

Our season opens by featuring the City Choir Chamber Orchestra in Barber’s most revered work, Adagio for Strings. Composed while the depression slogged on at home, and war in Europe drew menacingly closer, perhaps no other work of the twentieth century quite captures the passionate-yet-tentative ethos of the era through music that is, in the words of Toscanini, semplice e bella (“simple and beautiful”). Barber’s achingly beautiful work has become “the nation’s funeral music,” and has exquisitely captured our collective anguish immediately following September 11th, 2001. Of Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor, conductor Johann von Herbeck was heard to exclaim, “I know only two masses—this one and Beethoven’s Solemnis!” Our performance is quite timely. 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the composition of this work, and the 50th anniversary of its Washington, DC, premiere—a fitting nod to the beginning of Maestro Shafer’s 50th Anniversary Season.

The Holly and the Ivy: Music for Christmas
Sunday, December 17, 2017
4:30 PM
National Presbyterian Church

The City Choir of Washington’s annual holiday concert brims with seasonal cheer and traditional favorites, along with a few undiscovered joys. Join us for a performance of beautiful seasonal choral works and sing-along carols with the choir and audience. Each year, The City Choir is pleased to showcase a local-area high school choir as our “Partner in Song” to share the joy of the season. This year we are pleased to be joined by A CAPPELLA! from James Hubert Blake High School, under the direction of Sandra Zinkievich. This concert is always popular, so we encourage you to order your tickets early.

Handel Laudate pueri dominum | Bartoldus Magnificat* | Charpentier Te Deum
Sunday, April 22, 2018
4:30 PM
National Presbyterian Church
Featuring Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes
*World Premiere

Our final concert will be a spectacular tribute to Maestro Shafer’s fiftieth anniversary as a conductor in Washington, DC. The program features the world premiere performance of a fascinating setting of the Magnificat by the young American composer, Brian Bartoldus. Mr. Bartoldus’ setting strives “to do deep dives into the many intense emotions and thoughts surrounding the life-changing experience of having a child. While the orchestra and the structure are Baroque, its harmonic language is more contemporary, with a nod to late 20th century composers James MacMillan and Alfred Schnittke.” Opening the concert will be the youthful and exuberant Laudate pueri dominum by Handel, composed when he was only 22! The program concludes by transporting you to the shimmering court of Louis XIV with the thrilling and justly famous Te Deum of Marc Antoine Charpentier. All three works will feature the acclaimed Metropolitan Opera soprano, Danielle Talamantes, a favorite of City Choir audiences.

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