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Haydn Lord Nelson Mass 

November 10, 2019 5:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church
Washington, D.C.

In the summer of 1798, Haydn composed arguably his greatest choral work against the backdrop of Napoleon’s campaigns in Syria and Egypt, and in an era beset by turmoil. The composition’s name – Mass for Troubled Times– speaks to the uncertainty of the world in which Haydn lived and composed, while the piece itself spectacularly captures and conjures the chaos of the time.

The concert is complemented by the jubilant opening movement of Britten’s cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb, based on the Christopher Smart poem depicting the praise and worship of God by all beings; and the Washington premiere of Pärt’s austere and otherworldly Salve Regina, commissioned in 2001 to commemorate the founding of Essen Abbey in 845.

 

 

 

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Twelfth Night 

January 5, 2020 5:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church
Washington, D.C.

Bring the joy of the holidays into the New Year!  Joining the City Choir of Washington will be our Partners in Song, the Freedom High School Chamber Choir (Chantilly, VA), directed by Laura Lazarevich.  Join us for an evening of beloved and traditional carols and songs to put a joyful end note on the holiday season.

 

 

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Duruflé Requiem 

March 15, 2020 5:00 p.m.
Saint Luke Catholic Church
McLean, Virginia

Composed in the immediate aftermath of World War II, Duruflé’sRequiem (1947) is both ethereal and transcendent. Joining the City Choir of Washington once again are the West Springfield (VA) High School Madrigals, directed by Dustin Brandt; and the Shenandoah University Cantus Singers directed by Dr. Karen Keating.

 

 

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Bach Mass in B Minor 

May 17, 2020 7:30 p.m
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall
Alexandria, Virginia

Musicologist Ted Libby emphatically stated, “The Mass in B minor is as lofty in design, scope and expression as anything written by the hand of man.” Indeed! The City Choir of Washington will ring the curtain down on its 2019-20 season with a stirring and spectacular performance of Bach’s monumental, and most memorable, masterpiece.

 

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