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Choral Arts announces 50th anniversary concert season

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington just recently announced its 50th anniversary season led by music director Scott Tucker. This will be Tucker's first complete full season leading the chorus in a series of concerts that will not only showcase the abilities of the choir, but also further showcases his musical interests as the chorus' leader.

THE SEASON AT A GLANCE:

Under the Midnight Sun A Chamber Chorus Concert

Friday, October 17, 2014 | 7:30 pm The Falls Church Episcopal

The season opens on Friday, October 17, 2014 at The Falls Church Episcopal at 7:30 pm with Under the Midnight Sun , a chamber chorus concert featuring music from Nordic cultures. “I am extremely excited to be introducing chamber choral music into Choral Arts repertoire offerings,” says Scott Tucker, Artistic Director. “I am particularly thrilled that our inaugural chamber choral concert will focus on Scandinavian music. These countries have contributed, and continue to contribute, some of the best choral music written.”

CHORAL MASTERWORKS

Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B Minor Sunday, November 2, 2014 | 4:00 pm Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana, Sunday, May 7, 2015 | 8:00 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall

As Choral Arts embarks upon this historic 50th year, it is only appropriate that Bach's "Mass in B minor" and Orff's "Carmina Burana" are a part of the slated repertoire. “These masterworks are well-suited to the Choral Arts Chorus,” says Tucker. Both works also commemorate milestones of both Choral Arts and Washington, D.C. On July 2, 1971, the group performed its first "Carmina Burana" at the opening of The Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Art. Four months later Choral Arts presented its first concert at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall featuring Bach’s "Mass in B Minor."

A Capital Christmas -Annual Concert of Christmas Music Monday, December 15, 2014 | 7:00 pm Sunday, December 21, 2014 | 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 1:00 pm Kennedy Center Concert Hall and A Family Christmas For the Young and Young at Heart Saturday, December 20, 2014 | 1:00 pm Kennedy Center Concert Hall

All four holiday concerts will be performed at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall “I am pleased to be presenting A Family Christmas again,” says Tucker. “It is great to have youth integrated into our programming, particularly during Christmas, when one can find the magic of Christmas in children’s eyes.” This year The Ambassador of Argentina, Cecilia Nahón is the Honorary Patron of the Holiday Concert and Gala.

Living the Dream…Singing the Dream A Choral Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Co-Presented with Washington Performing Arts Sunday, February 22, 2015 | 7:00 pm Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Choral Arts will once again partner with Washington Performing Arts Men, Women, and Children of the Gospel Choirs for Living the Dream…Singing the Dream : A Choral Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Shares Tucker: “It is a great pleasure to collaborate with Stanley J. Thurston (Artistic Director of the Men, Women, and Children of the Gospel Choir) and Michele Fowlin (Music Director of the Children of the Gospel Choir), It is also great fun the members of our chorus to sing full-throttled.” This is the fifth consecutive year Choral Arts and Washington Performing Arts have partnered on this concert: Choral Arts has presented an annual concert honoring Dr. King timeless message of peace, justice, hope, and unity since the establishment the Federal holiday in 1989.

GUEST APPEARANCES AND TOUR OF CHINA:

The Choral Arts Chorus will perform with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor ZHANG Guoyong in Qingdao, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong May 25-June 7, 2015. Additionally the chorus has been invited to perform twice with the National Symphony Orchestra. Performances include Manuel de Falla’s "La Vida Breve" with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos on March 5, 6, and 7, 2015 and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s "The Bells" April 16, 17, and 18, 2015 with Vassily Sinaisky.

For more information of Choral Arts' 50th anniversary season and tickets, please CLICK HERE.

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